Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

Director: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Allan Heinberg (screenplay by), Zack Snyder (story by)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Plot:  When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Running Time: 2 hours 21 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics  92%   Audience  88%

Why I Watched it: I can thank itunes for putting this on for .99 cents cause I’m not the biggest DC fan but I gave it a go.

Random Thoughts: So many critics bring up in their review about how this was directed about a women and being about a woman super hero and I think that’s great but it doesn’t make it a great movie because of that, I don’t care who directed it, man, women, what nation their from just direct a good movie, now I would love to see more woman directors get a chance at doing blockbuster movies but I can’t judge them till they do it.

What I liked: Speaking of the director Patty Jenkins I think she did a great job in two areas, one she isn’t known for directing action films and she shot the crap out of this, some of the best part of the film is the action, very well done and she also tried for the most part to get away from DC’s style over substance MO and yes there’s still too many slow motion shots but I thought it was shot very well.
I wasn’t sold on the casting of Gal Gadot but she’s very good here and she can strike that Super Hero pose like nobodies business and it helps that she’s very likable.  It’s her movie and she carried it well one of the reasons the film works so well is she wears this character very well and everything fits with her.  I also really liked Chris Pine, I say that cause I don’t usually like him to me he’s more smug than charming but here he finds a chemistry with Gadot and he’s comfortable with being the second lead and that’s tough for an actor who’s the lead in his own franchise.  The character had an arc and he wasn’t just thrown in as a romantic sub-plot.
One of the things that usually bug me about comic/super hero movies is the origin part and what hit me was we haven’t really seen Wonder Woman’s origin story told on the big screen. It worked for me gave her a decent set up.  The other thing with the film is that it looked great and sounded great, so hats off to the tech departments cause they hit it out of the park.

What I didn’t like: The whole Gods stuff kind of bothers me, I have to say I find it hard to cheer for a God, it’s what always bothered me about Thor, not that relateable  and also the whole fish out of water stuff just doesn’t ring true, Wonder Women says she’s study people and knows about men and women being together but when she goes into the world she doesn’t know why couples hold hands. As much as I liked the cast I have to say the casting of Danny Huston and David Thewlis was really lazy casting, heck Huston has played the same role in the X-Men franchise and really he brings nothing to the part at all, I like Thewlis and I won’t spoil his role but once you see it’s him you know and that’s half way through the movie.  They should have either casted against type or went with lesser known actors.
Here’s my pet peeve the film is too long at close to two and half hours, bottom line the film does drag and also they have all this time and instead of telling us where Wonder Women is from and how it’s been hide for this long and also how a pilot could crash right in their river/lake/ocean doesn’t make sense and it’s not explained instead they waste a could 15-20 minute battle that we have seen countless times and is boring, oh look Gods are fighting, yawn.  The film does some things really well and tries to break the mold a bit but then falls back on a very well worn cliche for their finish.

Final Thoughts: It’s a good looking film, and I really liked parts of it, very watchable and one of the better DC movies period.  Wonder Women did it’s job by setting up the character and giving her a voice.

Rating: 7/10

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