Wonder Woman has a lot riding on it to keep DC and Warner Bros in the superhero-franchise game. Here’s the complete Wonder Woman Review:
Written by: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston
Running Time: Two hours 21 minutes
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.
Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Gadot’s presence on screen took me to a happy place. She’s beautiful, strong and vivacious as Wonder Woman. Kudos to the producers for settling on Gadot for the role. It’s been awhile since the actor and character fused so seamlessly into something so beautiful, quite literally.
Gal Gadot is in fine form as she looks the part and hits all the right notes. It is difficult for me to critique her portrayal of the part as it is near perfect. If anything, one could say that Gadot’s character sometimes seemed a bit too naive. The part could have used a bit more edge and darkness, but I think that’s just a personal note. Everything she does works and some credit has to be given to Matthew Jensen (DOP) and Patty Jenkins (Director) for how much power she is shot with on-screen.
Good job, Gal. You have locked down this part for as long as you want.
The Art of Average Filmmaking
At the outset, I have to mention that this movie relies on two things for it to make it work viz, Gal Gadot and hope among fans that DC will finally deliver a superhero flick that satisfies.
If one were to remove Gadot from this equation, you would be left with an AVERAGE movie which lacks originality. The action sequences lack consistency and are shot differently every time. Patty Jenkins and Matthew Jensen use some strange angles to shoot the movie and left me disappointed with what they finally delivered.
It was lack-luster and lacked novelty. I mean, they had so much to play with and delivered performances that merely just checked boxes instead of annihilating them.
Jenkins never delivers scenes with an impact. Every time Diana is coming out to fight, you feel a bit underwhelmed. I say this only because of the great expectation I have with all the artists involved. Jenkins should take some notes from Chris Nolan and how he used to frame his Batman. But, these are not reasons why you shouldn’t go for the movie. In retrospect, these are just notes that the producers should have had before releasing the film.
The music director, Rupert Gregson-Williams, delivers a great signature tune and the VFX and colourists do a great job with every frame.
That Origin Story Again
The script by itself lacks any nail-biting or edgy moments and stays safe. At no point, do you fear for any of Gadot’s characters. The story starts safe from her origins and takes you through till Diana Prince/Wonder Woman realises her true powers.
You can rejoice that there are not many plug-ins for future DC movies except for a moment in the prologue and at the end. BTW, THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT SCENE.
Regarding the rest of the cast, Jenkins and the story never really give them good character arcs for them to show a full range. Robin Wright playing Diana’s mother is strong, while Chris Pine is the luckiest man on the planet locking lips with Wonder Woman. He plays the war pilot who could just never believe how lucky he was to be saved by Diana. Sadly, his character is full of corny lines, but I’m quite sure he couldn’t care less. He kisses Wonder Woman.
The rest of the cast and the few villains in the movie aren’t given enough screen time and come up too late in the movie for one to really fear them.
All in All
Wonder Woman is promising and has had a quite decent opening weekend. Be sure to see this character stick around for many years to come. Thank God(ot) 🙂
Watch it if you’re: Because you know are going to watch Justice League and because Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t good enough.