Wonder Woman (2017)
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Written by: Allan Heinberg
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 21 min.
I think it’s getting harder to simply go to the movies and enjoy a flick. Walking into Wonder Woman, I was aware of an ongoing “controversy” about a theater’s decision to hold a women’s only screening of the film, and that Lebanon had banned the movie because Gal Gadot is Israeli. I mean, seriously, what’s going on? It’s a piece of fiction about a character with superpowers. Going to the movies shouldn’t be lumbered with this kind of stupid baggage, created by just-enough-people-to-trend idiots and a news media thirsty for content, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.
But anyway, rant over, to the movie.
This is a solid film. Nothing amazing, but a nice reason to visit the theater. It’s filled with characters you’ll want to spend time with, and Gal Gadot is perfect in the lead role. Wonder Woman spends just enough time exploring the character’s origins, and delivers some nice moments of humor as the Amazonian princess tackles early 1900’s social mores and fashion trends. The score by Rupert Gregson-Williams is also a stand out, especially Wonder Woman’s theme performed by Tina Guo.
On the down side, there are a few pacing issues here and there, and some of the visual effects aren’t that convincing. The film’s villains are only there to provide teachable moments for Diana, and are never really given much development. Their scenes basically move the plot forward, and they don’t get to do/say anything memorable or clever.
In the end, this is a step up in quality from the more recent offerings from DC comics and Warner Bros. It’s better than Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. But can’t touch Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Imagine Thor blended with the first Captain America movie for content and tone. If you liked those films, I think you’ll enjoy this regardless of how you feel about Wonder Woman, or the baggage added by the lazy entertainment news media.
Diana saves a small town from German soldiers. The resulting action and Tina Guo’s performance of Wonder Woman’s theme music, are a great combination.