Sweeping and glorious; it often feels like an MGM period epic on steroids. Snyder's bombast and unbridled enthusiasm is mediated by Jenkins' patience for characters and pacing. What musings there are on mothers, daughters, men, women, and war, work. Gadot's earnest, spirited performance won't soon be forgotten. There's probably a handful of classics to emerge from this dragging superhero craze. This is one of them.
Wonder Woman, whose first part was much more interesting than the second, is the fourth installment of DC comics, and although better than the previous three, still struggles with stereotypes and unevenness.
Without Gal Gadot's incredibly strong performance this would have been just another blockbuster but she brings a much welcomed warmth and humanity to the role and the choice to stage it all against the backdrop of the ancient greek mythology also kept things fresh. 3 stars
It's difficult to judge WONDER WOMAN on pure logic. Although getting some things right (Gal Gadot is perfectly cast, Chris Pine is affable as always, both share a charming chemistry); it begins as a pompous John Milius nightmare, and ends as a comical CGI battle royale between Diana and the Devil. Despite the many problems, seeing a beautiful, strong woman defy small men is good therapy and frankly irresistible.
[Atmos 3D] Features the best 15-minute opening sequence to any SuperHero movie franchise ever. WANT: "The Amazons" franchise right about NOW. Wasn't sold on the WWI plotline (yawn)*HISTORIC: a Feminist, Bechdel'd, Female-driven (stadiums of Female Agency) action blockbuster. Love Diana slightly ahead in the B&W group picture. Living in Paris&working at the Louvre: la classe ♡
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Period-set revisionist blockbusters really appeal to me, for reasons I don't care to deconstruct. The WWI setting really freshens up this potentially stale piece of popcorn, also aided enormously by Gal Gadot's mesmerising performance, but it's not quite the gamechanger DC's universe needed - this is a fun step forward rather than a boundless leap.
Patty Jenkins proves she is more than up to filming action but the attention paid to the performances is even more impressive and the lead performance is truly wonderful. It all blends together quite well just wish it didn't abide by the super hero conventions so religiously.
Gal Gadot is everything you want her to be as Wonder Woman: powerful, charming, heroic, wise - yet humorously naive to the world of men. She's the reason this film is going to earn truckloads and deservedly so. Chris Pine acquits himself well, though I could have done with less of his G.I. Joe routine during the action setpieces and more of the super-powered Diana. The comic book movie third act curse strikes again.