Hey, y’all. Wonder Woman is coming out this weekend, and I figured we could talk about how good it is.
Yes, it is good. Really good. Really, really good.
Here’s a trailer in case y’all haven’t seen it yet. But, for real, go see it, it’s really good.
And if you have seen it and want to talk about it, please make sure to put spoilers in spoiler tags, and maybe mark those spoilers? Or I’ll write Gal Gadot and ask her to come to your house and yell at you a bunch.
Okay, here you go.
Without delving into spoilers, this movie hit a couple of disappointing (if predictable) potholes, but did everything that I wanted it to do and more. I thought it did a good job of telling a compelling, (relatively) down-to-earth drama while still being a lot of fun to watch. The 3rd act has some promising stuff, but overall it’s a narrative mess, and I’m honestly disappointed by how they managed to wrap it all together.
So, yeah. Go see it.
Spoilers for Wonder Woman ahoy. Like, a lot of them.
[details=Summary]I thought Gal Gadot was really good; she obviously struggled a bit here and there, but she did an excellent job of making Diana stand out against the backdrop of World War I by playing her as relentlessly hopeful and optimistic, even to the point of naivete. Having Chris Pine act as her more grounded foil was a really good decision as well, but I wish they’d decided to avoid the romance subplot altogether.
And I want more Amazons in Wonder Woman 2. More Connie Nielsen, more Robin Wright, just… more Amazons, please, because the entire first act was the best part of the movie, hands down.
I thought the smaller fight scenes worked really well, and I loved when they brought back the “Shield!” thing so Diana could knock down the sniper perch. But a bunch of the more intricate fight scenes clearly suffered from some over-CGI and bad cuts, which was lame. Though I think Diana charging the German trenches to save Veld might be one of my favorite action scenes in a superhero movie, hands down. That entire sequence was exceptionally well handled.
As far as the third act went, I feel like there were some good concepts rattling around in there, but the entire thing was just a mess. Ludendorff not actually being Ares didn’t really throw me, but the Sir Patrick twist did catch me off-guard a bit. I thought it was a good move to have Diana facing off against Ares with just the Lasso and the Bracers, since those are uniquely Wonder Woman style weapons, and her decision to spare Doctor Poison was perfect.
Oh, and Diana’s rejection of antipathy and nihilism in favor of hope and love? Perfect. Perfect. I needed that, and I’m glad they decided to have her arc conclude there. And Steve’s goodbye definitely had me tearing up a bit, especially when he handed her the watch.
“I can save the day. You can save the world.” Just… Chris Pine is great. Chris Pine is a great actor, and Wonder Woman wouldn’t have been the same with anybody else playing Steve Trevor.
Putting them end to end, though, there was a bunch of tonal dissonance, especially when Diana talks about overcoming hate with love, and then fries Ares with his own lightning. That was the most disappointing thing to me, and I wish they’d handled it differently. I think it would’ve been way more effective if Diana had beaten Ares, then refused to kill him, or stripped him of his powers and condemned him to live among humanity for the rest of his days.
Or, better yet; no Ares at all. Turns out it was Ludendorff and Doctor Poison the entire time, and that last sequence ends with Steve sacrificing himself to destroy the gas bomber, bringing the war to an end.
I don’t know. Like I said, I think the 3rd act had some promising stuff going on, but a lot of it got drowned out in the tonal mess that was created. It didn’t actively detract from my enjoyment of the movie, but it’s disappointing that such a great film had to stumble while crossing the finish line. But that’s a general flaw that most superhero movies seem to struggle from, so I can’t say that’s exclusively on Wonder Woman.
Either way, everybody working on this film did good, and DC finally put one on the board that I can get behind wholeheartedly. Now I just have to hope that audiences do their part and support the film enough that we get Wonder Woman 2.[/details]