Posted: Posted June 6th, 2017 by Jet Presto
Will try not to get too into it, and any spoilers I'll put in tags, but I got around to seeing Wonder Woman. I quite liked it! I'm still a liiiiiittle iffy on Gal Gadot in the role, but I don't think she's bad in it. (It's hard because my brain always goes to Lucy Lawless, solely because she would have been great in it - Xena.)
I appreciate that it at least tried to give a little more substance in a genre flick, often touching upon the nature of mankind and of war. Structurally, it's solid as well. It has actual discernible acts, with character development (as much as a superhero flick can allow). It balances the serious tone of the main plotline with some well-executed and well-timed comic relief (meaning it has more than Snyder's films, but doesn't over do it like James Gunn). And I probably most appreciated that it is a self-contained story. I don't hate world building, but that is the stuff that tends to bog these films down the most, whenever they have to distract from the central story or characters to introduce new elements that will come into play in a future film. I really loved how much Dr. Poison was able to convey in her eyes, and I think she was my favorite character. The implications to her untold backstory are very much there in her eyes as she reacts to Ludendorf, Chris Pine, or Wonder Woman. I appreciate they don't give away her story either; it's left for the viewer to make assumptions if they want. It's the kind of subtlety that I adore from good filmmakers.
And, I know people are pretty split on Junkie XL's contributions to the musical universe, but I really appreciate that Wonder Woman actually has a musical anthem to identify her with. I really don't understand why there hasn't been more of an effort to create identifiable character tracks...
It's not the best superhero movie I've ever seen, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. Would probably rank it up there overall. Hard to know if Wonder Woman as a character is even more attractive now because of Zack Snyder's universe, which sees Superman as a brooding bro. That Wonder Woman steps in to fill the role of the pure hero, embodiment of all that is good and righteous, who stands by a clear moral conviction is actually really important in this otherwise dark and dreary universe Snyder and Ayer have crafted. This was, in some ways, the Superman movie we haven't gotten yet.
It also feels a bit like Marvel kind of paved the way. It's not hard to see the comparisons to Captain America: First Avenger or Thor. Wonder Woman would have been a hard sell ten years ago, with an origin story that basically had her be created out of clay from several gods and goddesses. (I'm still not really into the New 52/DC Rebirth story of her being the literal daughter of Zeus myself.) Thor was considered something of a gamble when it came out, in large part because of its mythical origins. It kinda took Marvel's success to show Warner Brothers that they could actually embrace a fair chunk of her backstory.
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