|Fig 1 - Wonder Woman Poster|
Firstly, I would like to state the parts of the film that I did enjoy, since my expectations for Wonder Woman were somewhat thwarted by the moments that I did not. Of course, we all realise that this is just another stand-alone picture that only really exists to create hype for DC's Avengers equivalent - the Justice League. However, I think it's parallels with expectations of women in the past century elevate the story from realms of obscurity, which lends itself to a surprisingly upbeat tone for the usually grim atmosphere that plagues the DCEU. With this, I thought that Gal Gadot was perfectly cast in the titular role, playing Diana with a keen intelligence and sense of adventure, whilst also at times blinding herself with her own naivety. Though there are core themes of female empowerment, I never got the sense that this was the overarching agenda of the film, rather that we treat a female lead with the reverence they deserve as we would with Iron Man or Captain America. I found myself completely won over by the character during a moment in which Diana runs across no-mans-land with nothing but her shield and bracelets to defend against the onslaught of gunfire ahead. For all it's flaws, this moment alone gave me chills that no other DC film, with all their CG spectacle, has done before.
|Fig 2 - Wonder Woman - Trevor and Diana|
Wonder Woman isn't a bad film, but it's not that wonderful either. What ended up being an ultimately forgettable watch does contain elements of the 'new age' of superhero films fans are crying out for, with particular emphasis on Gal Gadot's performance. Though the film doesn't take itself as seriously as it's predecessors, I struggled to keep up with the lackluster plot, which relies too heavily on genre conventions to captivate. Here's hoping Justic League doesn't make a blunder of the Wonder.
Fig. 1 Wonder Woman Poster (2017) From: Wonder Woman - Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Fig. 2 Wonder Woman Screenshot (2017) From: Wonder Woman - Directed by: Patty Jenkins