Director: Patty Jenkins
Writer/s: Allan Heinberg (screenplay), Zack Snyder, Allen Heinberg, Jason Fuchs (story by), William Moulton Marston (based on characters from DC: Wonder Woman created by)
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, and more.
‘Man of Steel’… ‘Batman Vs. Superman’… ‘Suicide Squad’… The track record has not been exactly bright for the DC Extended Universe and personally I have been getting let down over and over again. Frequently, I get my hopes up for these films and they get struck down quicker than Bats can pull off of the trigger after hearing “Martha”. Well it is now time to give DC yet another try. Here we have the next installment in the universe, ‘Wonder Woman’, starring Gal Gadot… Now I am just praying it does not result in me falling asleep or trying to figure out if I am watching a film or a music video. Let’s get to it shall we?
“Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”
I teased hardcore that this review might turn out badly and with the track record of DC, I was fully ready to hate it. Well ladies and gentleman, ‘Wonder Woman’ is one of my favorite super hero films to date…. Wait, one second for the people scrunching their eyes together in confusion… I repeat, ‘Wonder Woman’ is one of my favorite super hero films to date. DC, in my personal opinion, has officially made a film that I am on board for 100%. With very little negative points to bring up, WW did wonders for me (that was an accidental pun, I swear). Action, comedy, story, insanely strong lead, just an all-around great film from start to finish. Let us start with some of my favorite points.
Gal Gadot alone. If there was one thing DC has done greatly, it is their casting choices. Henry is a great Superman. Affleck is an excellent Batman. Gal Gadot is a phenomenal Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg… Well, let us just forget Jesse… Gal was a sun beam shining into Hell during ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ and now for ‘Wonder Woman’, Gal has officially taken this role and put it into a stranglehold. She plays the introduction of Wonder Woman’s story with such blissful innocence and a firm believer of truth and justice. As the character matures throughout the film, she only becomes stronger as a character, as if she was not strong from the very get go. Gal, I applauded you multiple times throughout this film and I continue to applaud you as I type this review. An immaculate job.
The pacing of this film was excellent. I truly felt no lull throughout its duration. It blended comedy, action, and drama so well that it kept me interested throughout and eagerly anticipating every word and action; unlike WW’s counterparts where the pacing felt incredibly slow at times, even to a point of falling asleep.
Now to speak on the action a bit: I have not felt so excited for a moment of action like I was in ‘Wonder Woman’ since the time where the camera circled the Avengers forming their circle during the battle of New York. There has been plenty of exciting fight intros since ‘The Avengers’ but I have not felt such a rush since then. Truly an exciting moment in WW. The film is a fast-paced, well-blended piece of work that will keep even the biggest DC hater hooked at the very least.
While I am scraping for negative points, it makes me happy that I have to scrape for the first time for a DC universe film. My most glaring point would be the CG in the film. At times it looked off and far too silly. Most of Gal’s CG was fine although still visually apparent that it was not the cleanest it could have looked. The most apparent one for me was an early battle involving the Amazons. Now while I am being picky for the CG, it is not so distracting that it took the fun out of the film but regardless, still a fingerprint on the surface of a Lamborghini.
Finally, my eyes have seen a DC Extended Universe film that has truly blown me away. As I have stated in the past, I look at films from two different perspectives simultaneously as I watch them: One, from an entertainment perspective. Two, from a complete and whole film perspective, Oscar-worthy, if you will. While there is always a heavy debate about Oscars, no matter the opinion, ‘Wonder Woman’ entertained me from the very start to the very end. With an excellent blend of story, action, comedy, and so on, it truly has become one of my favorite superhero films. Gal Gadot hits a home-run playing WW. She owns this role and I truly hope there is a deep future for her in this role. The action thoroughly blew me away with the acceptance of some silly CG at times. I desperately hope Patty Jenkins will continue to have ties to the DC Universe because she led this film to greatness. As I sit and wonder where this ranks among comic book films; I can confidently say it sits among the top. Just under ‘Logan’ and resides among Marvel’s best and clearly is the DC Extended Universe’s best.