Poster for the movie "Wonder Woman"

Wonder Woman

I enjoyed the movie but thought it could have been better. My main gripe was when Aries spontaneously appeared for the final smack-down with Wonder Woman towards the end of the movie.

There were so many opportunities for the film to hint at his hand throughout (rather than just hearing Diana tell us that Aries was behind the war), and so many squandered opportunities for both of them to posture throughout the script, that it felt quite odd for him to suddenly appear in the watchtower and then escalate into the atypical DCEU smackdown-of-the-gods as we have seen before. We also saw some of the standard tropes during the movie in the exposition dialogue (“is that all you’ve got” et al) which felt like more work could have been done, even though it still stands above the Justice League work by far.

Gal Gadot’s performance was excellent and the script was well grounded throughout the rest of the film which gave it a more human element than other DCEU scripts have had. It was more relatable and her “fish out of water” performance was funny. Themyscira (her island home) was also beautifully rendered.

Superhero movies are everywhere these days, but I find ones that deal with god-like beings more challenging because they are an ‘outside context problem’ for mere mortals. Marvel has taken much of the god-like stuff off-world, isolating it in context from humanity, which makes it more engaging. Marvel also has a cast of superheroes who aren’t all god-like beings but are instead humans with augmented abilities which can make it easier to write relatable stories, and also more vulnerable as characters.

I don’t find it surprising that Warner Brothers has chosen now to focus more on individual films (the DCU) rather than trying to run with an integrated universe from the get-go (the DCEU) and I think the slow and steady approach that worked with Marvel will benefit them. Assuming the superhero genre remains popular in the long term!

Wonder Woman

Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

20172 h 21 min

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

Director Patty Jenkins
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 30 May 2017
Budget $149,000,000
Revenue $821,847,012
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo, Emily Carey, James Cosmo, Wolf Kahler, Alexander Mercury, Martin Bishop, Flora Nicholson, Pat Abernethy, Freddy Elletson, Sammy Hayman, Michael Tantrum, Philippe Spall, Edward Wolstenholme, Ian Hughes, Marko Leht, Steffan Rhodri, Andrew Byron, Dominic Kinnaird, Rachel Pickup, Ulli Ackermann, Frank Allen Forbes, Peter Stark, Rainer Bock, Josh Bromley, Jennie Eggleton, Eva Dabrowski, Harvey James, George Johnston, Danielle Lewis, Florence Kasumba, Eleanor Matsuura, Josette Simon, Doutzen Kroes, Hayley Warnes, Caitlin Burles, Jemma Moore, Samantha Jo, Brooke Ence, Madeleine Vall, Hari James, Jacqui-Lee Pryce, Betty Adewole, Caroline Maria Winberg, Lizzie Bowden, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith, Rekha Luther, Thaina Oliveira, Ooooota Adepo, Zinnia Kumar, Toma McDonagh, Amber Doyle, Freddy Carter, Fred Fergus, Tim Pritchett, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Camilla Roholm, Stephanie Haymes-Roven, Nia Burke, Dee Lewis Clay, Tori Letzler

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