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Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


wwposter5The road for DC has been nothing but a bumpy start to their cinematic universe. With both ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘ getting mixed to negative reviews things have been looking grim for Warner Bros. The tide may be turning however as Gal Gadot takes on the amazon warrior’s mantle in ‘Wonder Woman‘. In what is considered a must win situation for not only the studio but especially weary fans of the DC universe the trick may be the film’s new director in Patty Jenkins.

A strong and determined warrior in Diana Prince, Princess of Themyscira, befriends a German spy in Steve Trevor. After a confrontation that leaves her home in fear of the outside world, Diana flees with Steve to end the Great War in Germany. It is through belief that Diana fights side by side with the human race in believing there is more good then there is evil.

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Getting this out of the way, Warner Bros. has created a winner with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What’s filled with action and adventure we get a good look at the character that has been the idol of many women around the world through decades past. The negative reaction first hand when Gadot was cast as the Amazon warrior was later silenced in her cameo appearance in ‘Batman v. Superman‘ alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. It continues in this film that not only does she prove the naysayers wrong but doing so with heart and determination.

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One of the things that stood out to me was how great of a job they were able to flesh out her character. Giving us a glimpse into not only her family heritage but also struggling to make understanding of the outside world with her relationship with Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine. While we’re mentioning Chris Pine, it’s safe to say he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot and it was without a doubt a plus for the film. It’s unfortunate of the circumstances towards the end of the movie but with that said Pine was a great choice to play alongside Gadot as they fought Ludendorff to the nail.

If we had to make a comparison I would say the writers did a better job in fleshing out Diana Prince as compared to how the writers for ‘Man of Steel‘ did with Clark Kent. With only being one of highlights it demonstrates a much improved script and in how to tell a cohesive narrative. There were even times where I made a comparison to Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ as in how they used a World War setting for their respective properties. Just imagine if we were to get a crossover of both characters and how amazing that could be.

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A well put together effort by Director Patty Jenkins puts this DC movie as one of the best films in the cinematic universe. And it also manages to balance tone and action without falling victim to being dreary and dire as in past attempts. It’s almost night and day from where we were last Summer as many were wondering if DC was in turbulent times. Could this mean we can look forward to a much brighter future for the upcoming DC properties and the eventual ‘Justice League‘ film? Let’s not jump the gun just yet but definitely ‘Wonder Woman‘ is a gigantic step in the right direction.

Rating: 7.8/10

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What do you guys think? Do you plan on watching ‘Wonder Woman‘? Comment below and share your thoughts about the movie.

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DC still has hope with the upcoming ‘Justice League’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ films even after another disappointing reception from ‘Suicide Squad’…

3098626-wwThe fallout of David Ayer’s most anticipated movie of the Summer ‘Suicide Squad‘ (Read review here) hit theaters with similar yet better reception compared to Warner Bros. last outing. Many criticized Ayer’s feature of a thin plot with questionable editing that felt as if some holes needed to be filled. The bright spots came from Jared Leto and Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn and The Joker when seen together on screen. We also got a great character in Deadshot played by Will Smith who was the centerpiece of the squad when they teamed together to fend off a dangerous witch in Enchantress. However, after all was said and done and with a $267 million* opening world-wide audiences showed up in droves.

Warner Bros. is trying to match the momentum of Marvel at a rapid pace which is evident in how we’re introduced to so many characters in both ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘. Trying to build a cinematic universe with backgrounds being crammed in such a short amount of time has really cheated DC from fleshing out their characters in a way that gives the respect their fanbase really deserves. Marvel started their universe building by introducing us to solo properties before getting to the first Avengers in 2012. WB had a different approach by reverse engineering the formula that had us be acquainted with DC characters in two films and then branch out into their individual properties. The approach hasn’t benefited the cause for a promising cinematic universe thus far but having been introduced to many of the characters, we now may be getting the films we are clamoring for.

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Yes it’s been a rocky start but sometimes these things work out for the best and we just have to trust in the system. It’s a different approach and can be ballsy at times with the creative decisions such as killing off Superman in ‘BvS‘ or attaching a post credit to ‘Suicide Squad‘ that can leave audiences scratching their heads. There has to be a method to their madness and DC may be righting the ship when ‘Wonder Woman‘ releases in 2017. As Patty Jenkins takes the reigns in telling the tale of the god’s fiercest female warrior, fans of the comics or of Wonder Woman herself should be excited for what’s to come. This year’s Comic Con in San Diego was a true indicator of the excitement for Wonder Woman as the first trailer debuted.

Soon after Wonder Woman we’ll be getting the ‘Justice League‘ in November that will see Zack Snyder returning to direct. The difference this time is that we’ve already got introduced to the main three of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in ‘Man of Steel‘ and ‘BvS‘ respectively, so going into ‘Justice League‘ we can get more of a narrative and focus on the most important thing that has been lacking for much of the universe, FUN! This is where Flash (Ezra Miller), Aqua Man (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), can all make their mark as they are assembled by Bruce Wayne to face the next threat on humanity. If the teaser trailer was any indication we can be in for a treat when justice comes Fall of 2017.

What do you guys think? Are you still optimistic that DC can deliver the goods? Comment below and share your thoughts.

*Source: BoxOfficeMojo