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REVIEW: Wonder Woman

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“An action-packed story that’s set to break the D.C. Comics curse!”

With the previous flops from D.C., we were worried that Wonder Woman may have followed suit and flopped both in story and at box office sales. We are so relieved that is not the case this time around.

Gal Gadot has absolutely sold us as Wonder Woman. She had such little screen time as WW in Batman VS Superman, that it was very hard to be impressed and hyped for a feature length film starring her in this iconic role. The 2017 Wonder Woman film really showed her full potential, and her portrayal of Diana was spot on. She was strong, smart, witty, kind and compassionate, yet we got to see her early years and just how naive she was to the outside world. When it came to being a fighter and a warrior for justice she was 100% confident in her abilities, but when it came to dealing with the outside world she had somewhat of a childlike wonder that reminded me of Jack Skellington from “Nightmare before Christmas”. When he left Halloweentown and stumbled upon Christmastown, he was filled with wonder and excitement over all the new things he saw! And just like Jack Skellington, Diana was extremely likable and relatable, even with her Goddess status.

The action scenes in this movie were done flawlessly and had me on the edge of my seat. There were definitely a few times that looked a bit over the top with CGI overkill, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching WW kick ass left and right.

Action scenes aside, Wonder Woman was the first DC movie to deliver an amazing back story for a character while also developing strong supporting characters. Wonder Woman was the lead character, but we were able to see the story of the men that helped her get to where she needed to go to ‘stop the war’.

I loved that the movie wasn’t bogged down with a cliche, Hollywood love story. While there were some romantic tension between Diana and Trevor, it didn’t overwhelm the story or take away from her independence as a female superhero. Wonder Woman wasn’t the damsel in distress needing a male to come and rescue her. She was the one doing the rescuing!

Even with all the amazing things in this movie, there were a few flaws that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Yes, this is the best movie that DC Comics has under their belt to date… But pointing out what we didn’t like can help them develop stronger movies down the line.

To me, all of the villains in the movie felt underwhelming and underdeveloped. By the end of the movie I felt like I didn’t have a clear understanding for the motivation of the villains. I do understand that Doctor Poison and Ludendorff were technically just working for their country and that they were being influenced by Ares, but their stories and motivations for being evil fell short of all this movie was. The movie spent so much time pinning them as the bad guys, but their character arc never fully developed by the end of the movie — making them easily forgettable in the DC Universe as we progress on to the Justice League arc.

Then we have Ares who is supposed to be the equivalent of an end boss as far as this movie goes, but he was ultimately taken down like a punk. The entire movie was spent hyping him up like he was the evil of all evils, the beginning and the end, etc. etc. He started off by wanting to kill Diana, but then decided to try to convince her to join his side. But he did such a horrible job at trying to convince her, he might as well have been trying to sell water to a fish. And while the end battle between Ares and Diana were glorious with all the special effects you could want (and then some), it really felt like they could have done so much more with this.

Now, I may sound like I am contradicting myself a bit when I say the supporting cast could have been improved — but hear me out. Wonder Woman did an amazing job at creating likable and relatable individuals to pair with Diana, but there still was room for more development with them. We hear that Charlie is being haunted by “ghosts”, which we can assume is PTSD. However, they never expand on this idea the slightest. Not even for an extra second. Then we have the Chief, which has that stereotypical “wise, old man” vibe, but they don’t really give you any story as to how he came to know them or why he can really be trusted. There were also plenty of Amazonians at the beginning that we don’t really get to meet. They basically become the equivalent of film extras billed as Generic Female Warrior A through Z. The only support character that we see any development on is Sameer, which they did a phenomenal job with his backstory making his character fit in and make sense to further the plot.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a must for people of all ages. Not only is it a fantastic movie that really helps to reinvigorate the dying DC movie enterprise, but it’s the first movie for the younger generation to have a strong, independent female lead in a hero role. Wonder Woman was a fun, lighthearted thrill ride with intense action sequences that left me excited for Justice League. It’s a great step in the right direction for the future of DC movies and I can’t wait to see more sneaks of what they have cooking up for the next films in line.