Film Review: Wonder Woman

Somewhere in the world a scientist conducted a brave experiment and the unthinkable happened: a good DC film was born. Wonder Woman far from the cries of being a product of its time rises above all the shallow criticisms and becomes one of the best superhero films produced this decade.

Diana Prince, when not wielding the lasso of truth, has a clear origin and mission across the movie. Where Batman VS Superman failed in trying to establish too many characters, Wonder Woman makes do with the bare minimum, all of them holding their own, being well developed and playing their roles well. This is helped by the genuine feel of chemistry between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, their relationship developing over the course of the film always feels that it’s moving at the right pace, rather than feeling shoehorned in at the last moment which is commonly found across superhero films.

Wonder Woman also manages to escape the all-American setting that many superhero films suffer from. Dealing with the first World War in Europe, it truly captured that dramatic tension across the countries that all great war films do, while not glossing over the fact that England has treated other parts of the world badly. The film sends a clear political message, without it being a boring overtone that makes the viewer roll their eyes.

Director Jenkins, whose last feature film outing was the acclaimed Monster steps up to the big budget task effortlessly. Other than a slight overuse of slow motion, the CGI looks fantastic, the sets are authentic and Wonder Woman is the superhero we didn’t realise we needed so badly.

Audience members who are unfamiliar with the previous films or the backstory of Wonder Woman will be treated to the same wonderful cinematic experience as die-hard fans. Other than some small parts at the beginning and end, it stands completely on its own, aside from the DC universe. This frees up more time for brilliant action scenes where Wonder Woman gets to show off her powers and Amazonian training, the action scenes never disappoint and seeing Wonder Woman tear across trenches and tear apart German tanks.

Wonder Woman is only weak when it is inconsistent. Occasionally it forces humour too much, perhaps inspired by Deadpool, and it takes away from everything right the film is doing. The chuckles feel a bit forced, especially when the audience can sense that the action is around the corner, and the reveal of the villain is so unnecessary that the audience will most likely shrug and just accept it. It’s not a film without it’s faults or gripes, as few movies are, but it is certainly one of the most entertaining and better productions that has hit the screens recently. Though it’s likely to get washed away as being a product of social justice, it is much more simple than that for people who just want to see a movie: it’s a fantastic film. The message of the film is undoubtly strong and empowered, but it’s not so forcibly done that it feels like it’s being thrown at you. Instead, people who don’t see the film just for this reason are going to miss out.

Overall, Wonder Woman is by far the strongest entry in the DC Universe yet, and far better than 75% of the films in the Marvel Cinematic universe. While this doesn’t mean everyone should have high hopes for Justice League, or even expect Wonder Woman to match the perfectness of The Dark Knight trilogy, it’s a film that is well worth your time and money. Trust me, I’m not lying, I’ve had the lasso of truth wrapped around my fingers the whole time while typing this.

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