Wonder Woman is a masterfully directed origin story that digs into Diana’s transformation from naive warrior to an inspiring hero that this world desperately needed. Click through to read my full review…
It has now been 3 weeks since I saw Wonder Woman for the first time. The very next day I wrote a draft of my review. While I was reading through that draft I was noticing that I was only singing my praises of the movie and didn’t feel that I was actually giving a proper review. In my head I thought that maybe I was just fanboy-ing too hard to fully see the movie that was put in front of me. I came to the conclusion that I needed to see the movie one more time, but this time I would be able to look at the film critically since I already knew what was going to happen. I saw the movie again four days ago as of this write-up and it’s been a bit difficult to really sum up into words how I feel about the film. I think I can summarize my feelings up into one word: WOW.
Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. Pure and simple. She fully embodies the spirit of what makes a person into a hero. And Chris Pine is also fantastic as Steve Trevor. But, it’s the chemistry between the two that had me glued to the screen. I’ll be bold enough to say that this movie has the best love story in any superhero or comic book film. Their interactions felt organic and pure. And the characters that join their side fit in expertly. It’s such a likable group of characters standing for good, led by a hugely charismatic, kind-hearted, and powerful hero.
Plus, every action scene felt fresh. Each set piece had a different feel and did something new every time. Wonder Woman kicks some serious ass too. You do not want to fuck with her or any other Amazon woman. And the cinematography and the score that accompanied were absolutely stellar. I had only one problem and that’s with third act villain, but I’m going to move past that because I feel that it’s just a nitpick. But, the reason this has been so difficult write is because I don’t want to just talk about what happens in the movie because that doesn’t fully encapsulate the reasoning behind my feelings towards the movie.
Look, when The Dark Knight came out it completely changed the way that superhero movies were thought of in the public eye and to the studios. It proved that you can make a dark, gritty, and realistic story based around comic book characters that wear spandex and not get laughed at. However, that “formula” the movie had has been carbon copied on to almost every comic book movie to come out since. Think about the Christopher Reeve Superman movies or the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies and compare them to the ones that have come out in the last 10 years. You’ll notice a difference into how the stories are told and how the heroes are portrayed. Now, read this quote from the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins:
Did you say cheesy? Cheesy is one of the words banned in my world. I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do the real stories now. The world is in crisis.
I wanted to tell a story about a hero who believes in love, who is filled with love, who believes in change and the betterment of mankind. I believe in it. It’s terrible when it makes so many artists afraid to be sincere and truthful and emotional, and relegates them to the too-cool-for-school department. Art is supposed to bring beauty to the world.
Reading this quote really made me understand the passion and understanding that Jenkins has for Wonder Woman. And there is no better example for that in the movie than one scene; No Mans Land. Without saying exactly what happens, it is simply one of the most heroic things I’ve ever seen in a movie. It is someone doing something because they know it is what’s right. She is there to help and save lives. Not stand aside and do nothing while innocent people continue to die. That is what has been missing from all the superhero movies that have come out. A hero that is bigger than that of themselves. A real inspiration to be better. Someone to look up to and strive to be. And if you think that she isn’t an inspiration to girls and boys of all ages go to Patty Jenkins’ twitter feed and see for yourself how this movie has affected people of every age, race and gender. Wonder Woman is 100% the movie and hero we needed right now.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is currently in theaters nationwide