Wonder Woman is the story of Diana, Princess of the Amazons, who encounters a crashed pilot and relays stories about the war happening in the world, i.e. WWI. Diana takes it upon on herself to help end the war of all wars. Read my review…
Although Wonder Woman is set in the same movie universe as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, it pre-dates those movies and is therefore not constrained by the events of those movies. After Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on Themyscira, Diana decides to leave the paradise island to help mankind to end WWI. Check out the trailer…
Let’s get it out of the way first. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There is so much to love about this movie! Themyscira is gorgeous. The utopian quality brings a sense of magic to the place that had me in awe while watching.
I also really enjoyed the direction by Patty Jenkins. She did a wonderful job of making sure there wasn’t a dull moment in the movie. We get equal parts of the action, world building and character development which kept me engaged throughout the movie. Let me reiterate, the actions in this movie is fantastic! But what I appreciated and connected with more is the ‘fish out of water’ moments that Diana goes through when she gets to grips with the outside world. This is what helped me connect with the characters and made sure the emotional payoff at the end are effective.
The performances were good for the most part. Connie Nielson as Hippolyta and Robin Wright as Antiope are great; the latter is an absolute badass which you can briefly see in the trailers. By far the standout, for me is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. Once again, he shows his capabilities with dramatic subtlety and comedic timing. On the other hand, I can’t help but think that someone more talented and experienced than Gal Gadot could have really added a lot to the character of Diana Prince. She isn’t terrible, but I just wonder what could’ve been. However, credit where credit is due; Gal Gadot certainly has trained and developed the physical capabilities to look the part of an Amazonian warrior.
There are a few other things I also had a problem with. There were a couple of times when it was very, very obvious that the woman on screen was a stunt double of Gal Godot. The CGI at times also looked unfinished and felt quite jarring. But my biggest problem is with the villainous character of Gen. Ludendorff played by Danny Houston. Nothing against his acting performance, but the character just didn’t have enough levity for me to have any sort of lasting impact. I can’t say much more beyond that with spoiling key plot points.
Overall, Wonder Woman is a big win for the DCEU as a very, very good origin story. It benefitted highly by taking place in a time long before the events of the movies we have already seen in the DCEU. Wonder Woman is the first female-centric superhero movie of the modern era that is so good that it has me wondering why it took so long.
My Score: 4/5 – A must watch on the big screen.