The Quick Critic: Wonder Woman

Now that I’ve had time to collect my thoughts about the movie, I’d like to share my OPINION on the new Wonder Woman movie – without Spoilers

TLDR – Go see the movie, but be careful taking younger kids (see last paragraph).

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I went into this movie knowing that there were a lot of positive reviews and that a lot of friends loved the movie. I also went in with the memory of sooooooooo many horrible DC movies over the last 10 years. This was by far the BEST DC film and rather true to the character in over 20 years.

I really liked the first two acts of the movie. It was a solid origin story (though they screwed with WW and Greek history which is a no no in my book) but I let that slide, because it was truly a good story. Once Diana leaves for the world (act 2), the experiences and love of all that she shows truly stands out and Gal’s acting was right on point! This was my favorite part of the movie bar none.

Unfortunately, act 3 really let me down. With that said, i still liked the movie, and think it is a good movie overall, but act 3 really stops it from being a great movie.

This really felt to me like Snyder stepped in and said… oh wait a second, there has been way to much daylight in this film and not enough crappy cgi. so, on to a nighttime fight with a cgi villain like all the other horrific DC movies of past. This alone really irked me.

On top of that, the way they did the end villain, well, it was quite a bit of a let down. The Comics and Cartoons have portrayed this villain countless times, and he’s always felt scary – something that you were afraid of being able to actually win…. not so much here. In this movie its like they started off with a good and cerebral idea of the villain to get in your head… then… shit. This really hurt the movie in my opinion.

Again I enjoyed the movie overall and I’d recommend it to folks. I would not recommend it for children under 13, as there was quite a bit of death (it was WW1) as well as a gratuitous frontal shot of Chris Pine naked (covering his junk with his hands). But hey, I’m not their parent, you are, so if you are ok with your kids seeing all that, go for it. No particular bad language, just violence and implied male nudity.

Director: Patty Jenkins
Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot
Queen Hippolyta: Connie Neilsen
General Antiope: Robin Wright
Steve Trevor: Chris Pine

-Chris