WONDER WOMAN DELIVERS THE ACTION BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT
Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot is overall an exciting romp that displays the best we have seen in all media from the beloved DC character. While it was fun to she her really have some great fight scenes and to have a bold new style. The film missed some key opportunities to make it a great comic book action flick. I still recommend the film for fans but for true fans you might be a little disappointed in how they handled a great character. Wonder Woman delivers the action but that’s about it.
THUS STARTS MY NON SPOILER REVIEW.
Look I get it, the film is a summer action flick that wants everyone to know that girls kick butt too. The problem is that is not the soul of the character.
While the film gave great moments of action overall it missed essential elements of the character. While she seems more powerful than ever (which is a good thing for the upcoming Justice League movies) she has lost a bit of her soul. It seems that for the filmmaker Patty Jenkins (the director of Monster) and producer Zack Snyder (director of Man of Steel & Batman V. Superman) the focus was put more on her combat skills and not so much the moral fiber of her identity. While fighting baddies is an aspect of Wonder Woman there is so much more of who she was in the comics and the tv show. What was lost was that like her male counterparts in the Justice League Diana is not about violence.
Look I get it, the film is a summer action flick that wants everyone to know that girls kick butt too. The problem is that is not the soul of the character. Wonder Woman has always been about being responsible and reasonable before using violence. She is a someone who rarely if ever kills anyone. That sadly is not the case in this film.
I think the current direction of the DC franchise is to focus more on exciting frantic action then the actual characters themselves.
I blame this on Zack Snyder who did the same thing with Superman in Man of Steel. This idea of making the DC universe darker is not something I am big on. Did this ruin the film by no means but I was sad to see the real aspects of the character lost. You see, the big part of her use of the lasso which was not just a means to get the truth was also apprehend the bad guys without killing them. This film gave her a sword which looked cool and she kicked butt with it but Wonder Woman has always used defensive not offensive weapons. While I understand this is a war film I think the current direction of the DC franchise is to focus more on exciting frantic action then the actual characters themselves.
I am a DC fanboy and I love Wonder Woman. I think she is a great role model for girls but not because she can do things boys can do or even better. Her strength is in her moral compass which is something at heart in all DC superheroes. This film seems to ignore that very thing. It is like they think that being a super hero means being able to kill like a machine. This did not 100% the film but it added to other issues I had with it.
The other problems with the film were the pacing (much like Batman v. Superman) it was disjointed and awkward. The film focus more on the meaningless and less on the important. The other major problem with the movie was that it completely got the German uniforms wrong. They actually had WWII and Nazi uniforms instead of accurate WWI German uniforms. This all was a bit distracting but did not ruin the fun. My other issues were cliché cultural tropics that one side of the political spectrum seem to be focused on. While it did not ruin the film it did leave me to think was that the only reason for having some of the characters in the film. It also lead to some very inappropriate material young children should not be exposed to.
Overall if you like some fun frantic action and are willing to discount the issues with movie not getting the character 100% right or if you can look beyond the production fopauxs then you will enjoy it.