Wonder Woman is a story of a warrior finding her purpose. Right away we see this film is very different from others in the DCEU so far, there is lots of color. Gal Gadot playing the title role, we see Diana embark on a journey by leaving Themyscira with Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, to stop Ares and end the war to end all wars.
I just want to start this by saying that it took me hours to formulate how to correctly phrase how I felt after leaving the theater. I really wanted to love this movie and on a lot of accounts I really did. I read review after review about how amazing this movie was and it just really reaffirmed that this would be a positive experience for me. I’m going to get a lot of crap over this next statement but I just have to get it out there. I don’t like Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I wasn’t a fan the second they announced her. Don’t get me wrong, she is beautiful and incredibly talented – I’m just not overly impressed with her as Wonder Woman.
The action sequences in this movie were amazing but they did tend to slow down or pause at strange times. It created this almost jarring experience, completely taking the audience out of the movie for a moment. I also wished they focused a little more on the women of color during those sequences. You caught glimpses of them throughout the training scenes but during the battle on Themyscira they were strangely lacking.
I did like the dynamic between Diana and Steve. The interactions felt organic to the story and were quite comedic at times. The love definitely develops at a natural pace and didn’t overshadow the story. Chris Pine was absolutely superb in the film – not to mention gorgeous! I thought he was the perfect Steve Trevor – witty, heroic and somehow managed to not be overbearing in the “man saves woman because man knows best” way. However, I was not a fan about the final line. Something along the lines of love saves the day. It just felt entirely unnecessary to me. Could you imagine a Superman or Batman film ending with “all we need is love”?
Overall, I was hoping for a bit more from our first woman led, woman directed heroine film but I definitely didn’t hate it. It was a fun film with a good message and I feel more confident than ever on how awesome Justice League is going to be. Wonder Woman definitely proved itself as a standalone film without the help of her male counterparts – as we saw in Batman v Superman.
I encourage you all to see it! Let’s discuss over brunch!