Another movie has entered the fray from the DC Extended Universe, and it comes in the form of “Wonder Woman.” It’s the first film in the universe that’s critically praised by the majority of critics, and Warner Bros. should find solace in this truth.
Before the release of “Wonder Woman,” the movie known as “Man of Steel” was the poster child for the DCEU. It was the only film that’s watchable from start to finish but make no mistake, “Man of Steel is still the best movie in the universe, but under director’s Patty Jenkins” watch, “Wonder Woman” comes in second.
Ms. Jenkins rose to the occasion and did what her male colleagues were unable to do. Then again, many of the bad decisions that plagued “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” were due to studio meddling.
Check out our review of the film.
Wonder Woman is the savior of the DC Extended Universe
The moment the film began, there was a strange feeling of success in the air. No stress on the mind about whether or not the movie is going to transform into a massive waste of time. As the film progresses, one began to see Wonder Woman become one with herself and her powers.
Now, this is in many ways, a superhero origins movie, but told differently when compared to most. Furthermore, the film embraces the fascinating mythology of gods and their existence in the DC Extended Universe.
We also like the fact that her origins were told in flashbacks from the days of her youth to when she’s a grown woman. Now, Wonder Woman, who’s real name is Diana, and goes by Diana Prince in the world of man, is the only child on the island, Themiscarya. This is because unlike all the other Amazons who were created by Zeus and brought to life in adult form, Diana was allowed to grow up from a baby to a woman.
Due to her spending all her life on Themiscarya, Diana is naïve to the outside world, but luckily, Steve Trevor was there to guide her along the way.
Wonder Woman’s black and white view of the world
When it comes down to good, evil, and the world overall, Diana doesn’t get it. She believes killing one person would end all wars and bring peace to the world. Diana doesn’t realize that not everyone can be saved in a war. Several times she made moves to drift away from the mission at hand to attend needs of those suffering.
Diana finally had enough when Steve and his merry men brought her to the trenches, the frontline of the war. Here the Germans have immense control, but with one quick decision to remove herself from under the supervision of others, Wonder Woman finally chose to show what she’s made of.
She climbed out of the trenches and onto German gunfire. Her shield came into play here, and she acted like a tank. She took fire while Steve and the allied army marched on. It was an impressive scene, followed up by a volley of quick action set pieces soon after.
What about the acting?
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor is undoubtedly the shining star in this regard. His experience shows, and at times, he overshadows Gal Gadot. Nothing against Gal Gadot and her performance as the titular character, but she is the weakest link.
Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as Antiope gave solid performances, and they tend to painfully show how much of an amateur Gal Gadot is when in their presence. However, she does look great as Wonder Woman, and when she’s in action, she kills it.
As for the villains, well, they were underwhelming at best. Although, it’s safe to say the real villain of “Wonder Woman” is war itself, and the suffering that comes with it. Still, that is no excuse for the terrible bad guys and a final fight that’s a complete mess.
In fact, the entire ending doesn’t make sense. One has to wonder if the writers gave up at the end, or the need to inject the male version of “Women in Refrigerators” was too much to walk away from.
At the end of the day, “Wonder Woman” did what it set out to do, and that is to return the DC Extended Universe on the right track. However, with some questionable writing, terrible villains, and Gal Gadot’s amateurish acting at times, “Wonder Woman” only amounts to an average superhero movie.