I thought now was as good a time as any to catch up on Wonder Woman before 1984 gets released later this year. It is still the best film DC have put out so far and I am still hoping 1984 can be just as good.
DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins
STARRING: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
SCREENPLAY: Allan Heinberg (screenplay by), Zack Snyder (story by)
GENRE: Action, Superheroes
RUNTIME: 141 Minutes
★★★ 3.5 Stars
DC movies have burned me a lot in the past (I’m looking at you ‘Batman vs Superman’), but thankfully, amongst all that mediocre-ness there was Wonder Woman. Racing in like the heroine she is to save the day and prove to me that not all DC properties make for crappy movies.
Here we see what is basically the origin story of Diana Prince, aka: Wonder Woman. After leaving her idyllic Island to help fight in the First World war, Diana, princess of the Amazons discovers the true extent of her power and the destiny that awaits her.
Origin stories are as a rule, not the most exciting movies, (See: Iron Man, Captain America: First Avenger, Thor, Aquaman) there is usually too much talking and not enough action, as you have to get to know those characters and their backstories, and their motivations. Whereas in later films we know all that and can just enjoy watching them kick the crap out of some bad guys. So yes, Wonder Woman does get off to a slow start as we get to know Diana and see her try to adjust to the outside world.
Then once the action starts, once they actually get to the front lines of the war, that’s when this film really picks up. The action/fight scenes here are choreographed beautifully, and shot beautifully, leading to some of the best actin sequences I have seen in a Solo superhero movie. But yeah, you have to wait a long time to get to those parts.
I feel like Gal Gadot was a great choice for Diana. Not only is she stunning t look at, but her acting here is amazing. The only thing that lets it down for me is her lack of chemistry with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. Steve to me comes across a bit bland and we never really get enough of their story together to be really emotionally invested. So when the big climactic battle happens, and (SPOILER ALERT!) Steve ultimately gives his life to save everyone; I am not as devastated by it as I feel I should be.
I am going to avoid comparing this and another wildly successful comic book movie franchise that will at this time remain nameless (for arguments sake, lets name them, sharvel) but the obvious differing levels of success between the two definitely have something to say about the quality of the movies DC are pumping out right now. I hope with Wonder Woman 1984 which is being released in March, that DC can return to top form, and get their feet back under them.