I’m a pretty open chap when it comes to my emotions and what I love. Not being afraid to share these things can and does open me up to ridicule, but I’ve learnt not to let such things bother me. Cheesy? Over-sentimental? Corny? I don’t care.
Nor does Wonder Woman, as the film proudly displays it’s thoughts on love and how man should treat one another. In the current climate we could all do with learning a thing or two from it too.
In perhaps the most Marvel-like of the DC films, Gal Gadot is wondrous (sorry, not sorry), as the Princess of Themyscira. She’s obviously stunning, but has also brushed aside any and all concerns I had about making the role her own. She is Wonder Woman. Courageous, loving, and a complete badass.
Gadot will get all the praise, but the cast is strong throughout. Gadot’s chemistry with Chris Pine forms the core journey of the film and it’s never heavy handed or frustrating to watch. I never once thought of him as Kirk either.
It’s not perfect, though the minus points are few. The story’s message might not need the villains to be overly-developed but I’d have liked a bit more from them. There is some jarring CGI too, especially on digital stand-ins.
The general idea is that DC films are darker and grittier whilst Marvel films are more upbeat. Wonder Woman proves that a film can be both. Even in the darkest of times humanity can shine through, with the muted and serious WW1 setting never overshadowing funny or tender moments.
Wonder Woman is the film the DCEU needed. Patty Jenkins has crafted an origin story full of morality, sincerity, and empathy. Nowadays those traits may not be celebrated as much as they should be but the success of this film shows that perhaps they could make a comeback.