WONDER WOMAN – The Mini Review

Theatrical Premiere: June 2, 2017

 

Having watched Wonder Woman, I can tell you this. The DCU films have a long way to go. I say this not because WW is bad, rather that it is so good. It shows a glaring error in the slate of DC films. That error is that they should have started with Wonder Woman. Stick with me, I shall explain, you see the first DC Universe film we had was Green Lantern and that flopped, badly. Then they retreated and started again with Man of Steel quickly followed by Batman Vs Superman neither of which was well received by the press they, however, they went on to make oodles of money.

Suicide Squad arrive last summer and the fans rejoiced the critics did not. Now we have Wonder Woman, the Amazonian Princess from Themyscira and she has waited too long. Her arrival on the scene reminds me of Iron Man (2008). This partly due to the fact, that this film like Iron Man does not have the heaving amount of baggage that Superman & Batman did it Is like going out with someone in your 40’s compared to your teens.

Also unlike most the DCU presentations, it is bright at least for the first act. You can actually see the sun sea and surf of Themyscira the Island filled with Women, Warrior Women. It is also the only point in the film when they roll out the entire black cast. No reason for offence, it’s just something I noticed.

Starring Gal Gadot as the title Character she delivers the Wonder Woman as a fish out of water even on her home Island. Now although she comes across as really wooden, she still has way more charm than Henry Cavill does as Superman. Joined by Chris Pine (the Star Trek films) as the love interest in a WWI setting this is a more than impressive entrance for the Amazonian Princess.

The opening act of this film is amazing and take me back to the grandeur of Thor and Asgard. As the film moves forward, a lot of this brightness and hope is lost however it never loses its charm.

Danny Huston plays the part of the Villain… and well I will leave it to you to decide if he did a good job. I was not impressed but this is a minor complaint when you consider some great action scenes and a thumping soundtrack. Add in a great little performance by Saïd Taghmaoui who plays Sameer a Master of disguise and you have a very enjoyable film but has fun and action in good amounts.

The Finale is a standard affair but it did remind me of Thor a bit you will know what I am talking about when you see it. It does struggle with trying to cast the German of WW1 as the bad guys but hey what does history matter when you see 5,000-year-old Amazon rushing across No-Man’s Land.

Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

So, this is better than anything I have seen come out of the DCU and a lot more fun than Grumpy Batman and Emo Superman.

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