Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”
– Diana Prince

SYNOPSIS: When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. – via IMDB

So I am sure my husband and I were some of the few who did not see Wonder Woman in cinema. I didn’t expect much of it before it came, and I was really surprised when the rave reviews started pouring in, which piqued my interest. I then wanted to know if this was really as good as everyone was making it out to be. So finally we sat down to it and watched it, and I liked it (but didn’t love the crap out of it like most did).

This is probably one of the best DC films to come since Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. For reals. Warner Brothers churns out some fantastic trailers for these substandard films for sure, and it is a pity because DC has some super awesome stuff to bring to the table. Wonder Woman is certainly not perfect, but it definitely demonstrates a marked improvement on what we have so far.

Yes, yes, there is the strong feminist message here that has been discussed to death and debated back and forth, so I only want to touch on in long enough to say that it was really nice to see a female heroine, a woman to come in and own on screen, and Gadot did just that. She is impressive to watch here, and I certainly think she is a great casting choice. It is refreshing to see how a woman here can be strong while being feminine, optimistic, emotional and be allowed to cry and not be looked at as weak. The movie addressed how women have been dismissed for centuries, but it didn’t feel too preachy or anything, just showed that it is a bizarre concept, and that Diana was going to do her thing despite what society expected of her. I liked Gadot and Chris Pine together, I thought they shared some decent chemistry, though I really feel that their romance was a bit too brief and quick.

I feel that the CGI was a bit awkward and rather bad at the best of times, and I feel that the movie had an incredibly long run time that didn’t seem justified. It was really long, but didn’t feel like it actually used the time properly, if that makes sense? It was like not much happened, or was fleshed out properly. I guess we will just call that pacing issues. Also, the humour was quite cheesy at times, too.

I also felt a little cheated that Robin Wright was in and out so quickly – it made me think of how Bryan Cranston was used as a big selling point for Godzilla, and ultimately you are left feeling cheated. That being said, she was really good here. I thought that Hippolyta was quite annoying – she was overly possessive and came across as cowardly and not like a strong queen, which is a pity because I think that is because something here was rushed and not looked into quite properly.

Overall Wonder Woman is quite a decent watch. Not the perfect movie, and certainly not the first super strong woman we have seen on screen, but it is quite a fun watch. It didn’t feel too long, though there were some issues with what it felt like the movie contained afterwards, and had some good costume design. Gadot is particularly good here, and certainly has you interested in Wonder Woman – totally interested in seeing where she goes from here, and how she holds her own with the guys later on. I am looking forward to seeing what comes from future DC films, to see how Wonder Woman influences their marketing, writing, and implementation.

9 thoughts on “Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

  1. Nice review! I liked this a bit more than you did but I think I was just happy to see a DC movie that was actually good. I’d only just watched Batman v Superman before this and MAN I hated that! She was the perfect Wonder Woman, though. Love her. And Robin Wright was great (despite not being in it long enough). 🙂

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    • See, I thought it was better, but still not great. It LOOKS good next to other ones though, so that automatically elevates it to this awesome status it has gotten ahaha. Man, I am STILL trying to get through that movie – never more than thirty minutes. Sometime I must just bite the bullet and get through it. Robin Wright is fantastic for sure!

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  2. Great review my friend. I seriously loved everything about this! My feminist heart was cheering and dancing. I would have loved to see Robin Wright more, she was so cool and powerful and strong. And Gal Gadot was perfectly cast.

    Pretty much why I’m going for Justice League. That and my boyfriend, naturally 😀

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    • 🙂 Indeed, indeed, you had super love for this. I liked this well enough, and it was empowering to see that. Robin Wright is fantastic. Gadot is great here.

      HAHAHAHA more for science than anything though, I am sure.

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  3. I was loving it, until it got all CGI at the end. Totally killed it for me. It was onto something special and then wimped out and went for the generic superhero movie ending. However, still worth viewing!

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