Popcorn Addict: Wonder Woman
After much controversy surrounding marketing and misogynists hating on the women’s only screenings, we finally have Wonder Woman Diana Prince. Wonder Woman celebrates it 75th anniversary and we finally have this highly anticipated D.C. Comics film. Thus, there is a lot of pressure for the movie and its performance, especially since it is directed by Patty Jenkins. Thursday night, I was front and center (literally) for the release.
As you may be able to tell from the trailer, Wonder Woman is an origin story and period piece set during World War I. The plot follows the evolution of Diana Prince (played by the strong, snarky, gorgeous Gal Gadot). Again, I do not want to give much of the plotline away, but we’ll see Diana trying to take down God of War, Ares to defend the world and her Amazonian roots.
The only thing you need to know: Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman. She dominated this film. Her entrance into battle was incredibly gorgeous and well-directed by Patty Jenkins. The action scenes (with the exception of the last one; see below) were wonderfully orchestrated.
The supporting cast was strong as well. I also enjoyed her pairing with Chris Pine (as Steve Trevor) as a love interest. Also, I see you, Robin Wright (House of Cards)!!!! She looked amazing as the strong and brawny Antiope, one of the Amazons.
Overall, the script was concise and perfect. A well-written origin story, Wonder Woman gave us everything we needed to set up Diana’s presence in future films. The humor was light (with a little dirty) and fun.
There were only two minor critiques of the film. First, I did not care for the villain. There were better battle scenes in the film and I wasn’t committed to the final fight. However, there were clips in between that had me shed a tear and the rest of the script was amazing; thus, it didn’t bother. Second, the CGI in this film is not great. Having watched Kong and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this year, it is easy to pick apart the CGI. There’s a scene where child Diana falls and it was laughable. I hope D.C. invests more into the graphics if a sequel happens (spoiler: It looks like talks of a sequel are already occurring).
Overall, this was an amazing comic film. Audiences members can leave the theater believing the film was worth the long anticipated wait. Can’t wait to see Gal Gadot again in Justice League this fall. The film further emphasized the importance of female leads and female directors in Hollywood. But we didn’t need a Lasso of Truth to know that.