by Alex Chiles, who you can find wondering why his reviews keep getting longer on Twitter @axchiles
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One sentence review: Wonder Woman is a force to be reckoned with in the superhero genre, delivering a win that finally breaks DC’s post-Nolan losing streak.
Full review: Finally. After the dark times (and I literally mean dark) that followed Nolan’s final Batman film, audiences had to trudge through the overly serious, dimly lit, confusing messes that followed.
And then… Wonder Woman.
Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, it’s hard to talk about this movie without discussing the role of women in film. We’ll get to that. But first, let’s focus on the film itself. The movie we have in front of us is wildly fun, the acting from the main players is spot-on, and the action is beautiful and graceful. The tone is light when it needs to be and serious when it should be. The plot is refreshingly simple and doesn’t lose itself it its own mythos too often or for too long. My minor gripes concern the score (which distracted from rather than adding to some of the action scenes), the central theme (although it feels like it’s trying to approach “good vs. evil” in a unique way, I think it’s one of the few areas it doesn’t succeed), and that the opening and closing scene have to obligatorily tie this film to the rest of the DC universe (I know that it has to, I get it. I just wish that wasn’t the case. Wonder Woman would be a kickass standalone film.)
Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air, and suddenly the DC film universe feels alive again. I’m still not convinced that this will become the norm rather than an outlier, as I trust Zack Synder 0% (although Joss Whedon placing the finishing touches on Justice League is a very interesting wrinkle, despite the tragic circumstances that forced the move).
However, no matter what happens in DC’s universe in the future, we’ll always have this film. Frankly, I don’t really care what happens to the DC universe. This movie transcends all that. It will influence actresses and inspire young girls to become writers and directors. And the film world as a whole will be better for it.
Should you watch this movie? Absolutely.
Where? Theatre. I did not see this in 3D so I can’t vouch for that either way, but I thoroughly enjoyed it in 2D.
Top 10 so far:
- Get Out
- Wonder Woman
——INSANELY LARGE GAP——–
- Guardians in the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Kong: Skull Island