Had I seen it on a huge screen, in a theater full of fellow supplicants sucking fumes from the full-tilt summer-blockbuster hype machine, its magic might have worked. But apart from feeling more lubricious than liberating--"I'm both frightened and aroused," my ass--this bright, beautiful, color-burst of a film is dully, dutifully witless--its only superpower is pandering. Here's to David Thewlis cashing in, though.
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.
It's actually refreshing to watch a strong female-lead superhero in such a cheezy storyline and understand why most boys are so obsessed with Spiderman and Batman. Cause everytime there's a strong female lead, it always end up in a serious tone, playing a serious role where abuse is somewhat incorporated in the narrative.
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.