[This review contains spoilers]
This film is a cartoon and video game combined into one. It has slow motion ‘finishing moves’. A villain referred to as ‘Doctor Poison’. And a final boss. It’s silly, despite always trying to be taken seriously.
I also find it difficult to when Diana wears high heels and make-up into battle. I also thought it was uneven in it’s presentation in a good vs bad side. It tries to be a little even handed with the addition of The Chief and his people’s history with the British, but overall it felt very one sided, like a popcorn flick. A big, loud, Hollywood movie.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t expect much substance to this film.
Here’s the thing though, I feel like this film is similar to Captain America. I feel like that movie did this plot better and didn’t take itself as seriously.
Where this film shines is when it leans on it’s Greek Mythology, when we see Diana and her innocence. Her questioning of this strange world. That angle is unique. When she’s an outsider looking within, it strikes you as something special.
When you’re on the island, with the Amazons, that feels different. But the war, it has simplistic portrayal. It just not a real war film.
Captain America, I think, succeeded more in this respect, because it was focused on being a superhero film. It was Steve Rodgers ‘zero to hero’ moment.
Wonder Woman tries to focus on the tragedies of war, more than Captain America did. It wants to show how Diana lost her innocence, yet it hides the audience from this same brutality. That rings hollow to me. I don’t feel like I truly saw what she did. I didn’t see heartbreak and sorrow. It was hinted at, but that’s it.
I felt more when Diana left the island. When her mother despaired at her loss. That scene meant more because of the time the film invested into their relationship. Her mother always feared losing her, and Diana wasn’t prepared for the hurt she caused her.
In contrast Aries, the films main ‘bad’, is a joke. His motivations make no sense. I don’t buy the whole ‘lets make a perfect planet’ spiel. He’s a God! He has millions of planets to make perfect. I mean seriously, that’s his motivation?
Also Steve Trevor didn’t have to die. He had all the ‘secret war weapons’ with him in a plane. Alone. He could’ve landed anywhere and lived happily ever after with Diana. Instead he killed himself for no reason.
It’s things like that which makes the whole film feel flimsy. Did they think this whole plot through? It really doesn’t feel like they did.
Now, it’s really not a bad film, Diana is a good character, Gal Gadot was fine in the role. The action is good. It’s a turn off your brain type film. I’m not going to recommend it to everyone, but it certainly has an audience. Check it out if you’re into superhero films, especially if you want to watch a female one.
If you’re not in love with the action blockbuster. Give it a miss, you’ve seen this one before.