So, I went to see Wonder Woman and, personally, I think that it’s a really awesome movie! This is going to be my review. And, of course, watch out for spoilers!
Before I get started, I just wanted to apologise for how long it took me to get this post out. I’ve had a lot of stuff lately. I took part in Coolest Projects, I had my primary school graduation, I was catching up on season four of Agents of SHIELD (which I will hopefully do a review of) and, frankly, I was lazy. But, do not worry! I have now officially started by Summer holidays, so I will have plenty of time and very little excuses to not write on my blog. Also, I will be going to MCM Comic-Con in Dublin this Sunday, so that will be fun. Anyway, let’s get into the review!
So, as I usually do, I’ll start off with the things that I liked. And there were quite a lot of them! For starters, I really liked the special effects. Not because they were ground-breakingly amazing (although, they were pretty damn good), but because they did something that is rarely seen in movies nowadays. This movie actually used it’s special effects to help with telling the story instead of boasting about their budget or trying to go for an Academy Award for the effects. Unlike many other movies, there wasn’t a moment at which I was thinking that they probably put that scene in just because they had the money and people are attracted to big explosions.
And if I’m talking about the effects, I have got to talk about that No Man’s Land scene. It was absolutely incredible! And I was shocked when I later found out that Warner Bros didn’t even agree with that scene being in there. That scene is the first time we properly get to see Wonder Woman in action and it nicely sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It’s also the first time in this movie that we get to here Is She With You? which is more commonly known as That Super Badass Song That is Playing in the Background Every Time Wonder Woman Does a Super Badass Thing.
Anyway, I kind of got ahead of myself. I should probably go back to the beginning to this movie. I’m talking about everything set on Themyscira. Personally, I think that they did a really good job of making Themyscira seem like a believable place. They had a market there and all of the women wore clothes that seemed like the cool stuff that people on a magical island would wear, but they didn’t make it too over-the-top. And the island itself looked great too! There was that moment when Diana was looking at the view from a cliff and I also had my breath taken away for a sec.
However, as great as Themyscira was in this movie, I think that too much of it was set there. Diana and Steve should have left the island a lot earlier than they did. In general, I feel like this movie took way to long to actually get going. And this is coming from a guy that regularly defends superhero movies with long origin stories! But, even when they arrived to London and I thought that the action would finally start, there were what felt like a dozen more scenes that didn’t add all that much to the story.
Also, as much as I liked the small team that Steve Trevor put together, I think that they were a waste of screen-time, especially since they barely had any of it. Personally, I think that they should have just been kept out of the movie altogether. Anyway, let’s talk about Steve for a moment. I think that Chris Pine played the character very well. He added a lot of charm to him. However, my one criticism is that he took the spotlight away from Diana a lot. There was a point at which it felt like he was the main character. I guess it does sort of make sense do give him a lot of screen-time, since they decided to kill him off at the end, but I still would have liked it if Diana got to lead the movie a bit more, rather than her love interest.
And, now that I have talked about everything else in this movie, I have to talk about Diana, the Princess of Themysicira herself… Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot played the character very well, in my opinion. But there was one issue that I had with the way she was written. Basically, I felt like she was used as a comedy relief character too much. I understand that DC are trying to be more like MARVEL to make their movies more successful, but this was Wonder Woman’s solo movie and she was pretty much a joke for the whole film. Sure, I’m not going to say that I didn’t giggle at any of it, but there was just a ton of unnecessary comedy about Wonder Woman being in the land of men for the first time. I really hope that in Justice League, Wonder Woman will actually be taken seriously as a character.
So, that’s it. Overall, I had a great time watching the movie. It’s definitely the best DCEU movie so far and hopefully they are going to be getting better as they go along. The cinema that I go to has posters for upcoming movies hanging in the hall that leads to all the different screens, so as I walked out of the movie, I saw the Justice League poster and just stared at it for at least a full minute like some weirdo. When I finished watching this movie, I was genuinely really excited about the Justice League movie, for the first time. I hope that Joss Whedon finishes it off nicely and I will be able to write a good review of the movie on my blog later this year.
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