The DC Cinematic Universe has gotten off to a rocky start so far, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were both very flawed films, hated by most critics and some fans, a lot was riding on Wonder Woman for just that alone.
If you factor in the expectations of fans wanting to see a quality movie and expectations of studio execs and people thinking that female led action movies/superhero movies won’t sell to audiences, the pressure was even more on director Patty Jenkins (Monster) to make a good movie here is even more tremendous.
Wonder Woman tells the origin story of the Amazon Warrior and the third part of DC’s trinity of iconic heroes along with Batman and Superman. It starts out shortly after the events of Batman v Superman, with Diana (Gal Gadot) returning to Paris and receiving a package from Bruce Wayne containing the original version of the picture he found of her on the thumb Drive of Justice League people info they were looking for the last time they were onscreen together.
And from there we get her origin story, growing up in Themyscira hidden from the rest of the world, a princess among the group of Amazon warriors, and a very diverse group of them at that. They aren’t in the film long, but I loved the diversity shown there, women of different races, all together. I imagine that as a young girl of any race watching this movie that it must be awesome to see representation of themselves as strong warriors, and that could inspire some real world heroes in the future.
Their world is shattered when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine-Star Trek) crashes his plane near their island, along with the German army who’s looking for him. He brings violence and change to the island and soon Diana and Steve are returning to his world, the world of World War I, and they have to stop the machinations of General Ludendorff (Danny Huston-X Men Origins:Wolverine) and his scientist Dr. Poison (Elena Ayana-Van Helsing).
I absolutely loved this movie, from the diversity, to the representation of just strong female characters it’s phenomenal. Gal Gadot brings Wonder Woman to life like a George Perez drawing come to life. Some great action set pieces throughout the film but I got chills seeing the No Man’s Land sequence. Yes we’ve had plenty of strong women heroes onscreen before, but not like this, and in this era where sexism is at a high point it’s important to see heroes like this onscreen to remind the world that it’s not all about one group of people.
The chemistry between Diana and Steve is fantastic, he basically plays him as like Captain Kirk with the moral code of Captain America, and he makes a good entry character for the audience to go along with.
The villains aren’t very fully formed in my opinion, but that’s a problem most comic book movies have, and they’re technically the best villains we’ve had in the DC Cinematic Universe so far, but that’s not really saying much.
The second act does feel a bit slow as well, moving into the muted color scheme of the “real world” but the pacing never drags too much, before we get into the action.
Wonder Woman is an important movie and a really fun action comic book movie all in one. I’m not sure if it’s the best since Christopher Reeves Superman as some fans have said but it’s a phenomenal movie. Now we can only hope Justice League will be as good as this one.
Wonder Woman- A-