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Wonder Woman (2017)


Alright DC. I see what you did there.

Before she was ever known as the rough, tough, fearless, and absolutely beautiful Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was also Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. However, Diana always longed for something more than just kicking ass and taking names, as being and raised on a sheltered island paradise, she never really got to see the outside world. But that all changes when she meets an American pilot Steve (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world, between the Germans and the U.S., meaning, WWI. Diana believes that the threat may actually be Ares, the ruthless and evil God that her family has spoken about for so very long, so she joins Steve along for the ride, to see if she can stop the pain and death from happening. Cause after all, Diana just wants peace, regardless of who is against it, and it’s something that Steve, as well as fellow other humans who meet her, soon to start to realize.

Hey, Diana? I think it’s a bit chilly out there in no man’s land.

It’s not a surprise to anyone that DC has got a lot of catching up to do. Marvel practically owns the name and the game when it comes to the superhero movie market and by now, it’s not even worth the battle. They’ve been around the longest and the far more superior brand that it’s probably best just to let them do their thing and wait for it all to die out, as all things once popular do.

But now, Wonder Woman shows up and all of a sudden, Marvel’s got something to work against. Sure, a lot of the praise from Wonder Woman comes from the fact that, so far, the two other DC movies have been lacking and messy as hell, but a good portion of the praise comes from the fact that Wonder Woman is a solid movie, filled with action, fun, excitement, humor, heart, romance, sci-fi, and yes, just enough references to keep everyone pleased with what they’re watching, as well as looking forward to what’s next to come. In ways, Wonder Woman is an origin story which, by now, has become so tiring and uninteresting, but somehow, director Patty Jenkins makes it all work, making Wonder Woman, look and feel like an old-fashioned Hollywood flick that our grandparents would probably enjoy the hell out of.

But by the same token, Wonder Woman is still a solid movie, old-fashioned or not.

It looks like a superhero movie and literally deals with a super, duper Amazonian woman who can deflect bullets with her shields and lasso people to death with a golden, glowing rope, but it’s also just a typical action swashbuckler, filled with action, bullets, death, a bit of blood, and oh yeah, monsters. So maybe that last part is a bit out there, but still, you get the point: Patty Jenkins and everyone aboard came together to make a movie that’s not just a loving ode to Wonder Woman and other superheros just like her, but the power of peace, love and tranquility. It’s a little difficult to talk about that in a movie where, of course, every issues is solved with fists, kicks, and death grips, but still, it matters in a movie like this.

Oh and yeah, it’s a movie about women being the most powerful ones in the room, but the rest of society just not knowing it, understanding it, or even wanting to accept. A lot of the humor here is placed on Wonder Woman being a lot more talented and smarter than most of the men around her, which is used for ironic chuckles, but also takes on a more serious-meaning, especially when we look at the world we live in today. Honestly, I’m not one for drawing paralles between a movie that is so obviously fiction, it’s not even funny, to the real, hard, and honest world, but sometimes, it’s hard to look away from this stuff.

Sometimes, it just needs to be restated that women rule, boys drool, and guess what, we’re all equal. So shut up to those who don’t believe the same!

Okay, I’m done.

Come on, boys. Show a little more skin.

But like I said before, Wonder Woman is light, breezy, and not all that serious of a movie, which definitely has to do with the tone, but also has to do with Gal Gadot’s downright star-making turn as Wonder Woman. Sure, this isn’t her first outing as the kick-ass princess, but for the sake of the argument, let’s say it is, because not only does Gadot get to show the world her true talents that Dawn of Justice wouldn’t allow for us to see, but she also gives us the most compelling superhero in quite some time. While Batman and Superman, in the DC world, are all conflicted with their feelings of honesty and of course, the daddy issues, Wonder Woman is a superhero that battles the reality that the world is an ugly place that even someone like her, can’t make better.

Is it a bit cheesy? Sure, but it works so well because Gadot is believable every second here. It helps that she’s gorgeous-as-hell, but it also helps that she has a nice presence about herself, where she’s not afraid to look sexy and daring, but also a little goofy. She reminds me of all the insanely hot girls from my high school who I didn’t bother with, not because they were out of my league (which they were), but because they didn’t have a lick of personality to them (which was also true, but honestly, it didn’t stop me from asking half of those girls out).

Either way, Gadot is amazing here and her chemistry with the always dependable Chris Pine, is another sight to behold. Honestly, I’d watch a movie where it was just to the two of them having a meet-cute and watching as the clouds aligned, but in the midst of all the action, CGI, and general craziness, they create something beautiful and honest. It doesn’t just give me hope for this franchise, but also for the real world, where it doesn’t matter who, or what, or where you are, you will always find somebody to love.

Okay, maybe a bit deep there, but you get the idea.

Consensus: Smart, exciting, and heartfelt, Wonder Woman is the first real good movie of the DC universe, but also a solid superhero movie in its own right, proving why, honestly, woman truly do rule the world. Get used to it, fellas.

8.5 / 10

Wait, is Gal Gadot auditioning for a role as a Sith Lord? Because I totally buy it!

Photos Courtesy of: Indiewire

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11 responses to “Wonder Woman (2017)

  1. vanessafowler June 2, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Can’t wait to see it now!

  2. sohansurag June 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Had been looking forward to your review. Given, DCs track record of making mediocre movies, I was skeptic when Wonder Woman was getting all the rave reviews and thought it due to its comparisons with DCs previous outing. Well, your review settles it.

  3. Caroline Crow June 2, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Like I said in my tweet and on fb, she is too tough for D.C. I waited until all the credits had passed looking for Fury or Thanos. Fury must be in the sequel asking her to join The Avengers. This movie also proves Black Widow needs her own movie. Great Review!!!

  4. John Leavengood June 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I expected this to be excellent, but it’s nice to hear my hopes confirmed.

  5. gilbertspeaks June 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Kick-ass and awesome review

  6. Barry June 3, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I knew this movie was going to be good, but I was still blown away! My only gripe with Wonder Woman is the slow-mo felt excessive at times and that is hardly a deal breaker.

  7. raistlin0903 June 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Really looking forward to this movie. It comes out here in two weeks time, so I will definitely go to theatres to see it at that time 😊 So far most of the reviews that I have seen for it are very positive. This was another great review, as always! 😊

  8. Chris Evans June 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Great review Dan, I enjoyed this a heck of a lot it just had all the right ingredients (you put it best in your final consensus).

  9. Ricardo June 6, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Damn. Quite a grade.
    The moments I enjoyed the most were, as you mentioned, the chemistry between the two leads. A romance movie starring them both would be quite fun to watch indeed.

  10. Ypsilon2007 June 14, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Great review! Love the way you encapsule Gal Gadot’s character!

  11. thequickflickcritic June 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Really thoughtful take here, DO. This one is getting pretty awesome buzz across the board. Some of the all-time best for a Super Hero flick to be sure. And “woman truly do rule the world. Get used to it, fellas”…boy, you ain’t kiddin’, bro! ;]

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