Sunday, June 04, 2017
On Friday night we saw Wonder Woman, DC's latest attempt at producing a non-sucky superhero film, their last success being 2008's The Dark Knight. The recent reboot cycle, including Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad, have all been dark, depressing and badly written.
So how was Wonder Woman? Great! Gal Gadot is delightful in the title role, obviously having a fantastic time and portraying Wonder Woman as spirited, highly principled, intelligent, and in all ways fantastic. Her infallible sense of what's right is a huge part of her character and the key to her appeal. She is also ably supported by a fun group of guys, with Chris Pine in the lead, whose slack-jawed amazement at her skills is a joy. This movie is so much the opposite of what DC has done before, I really hope the studio gets the message here; superhero movies should, as a general rule, be FUN.
Anyway, I thought the final battle missed a bit of the mark because the action turned into a giant CGI slugfest, but boy did I enjoy the rest. And especially Gal Gadot.
If you're a fan of the modern superhero movie, this movie has the most in common with probably my favorite Marvel film, Captain America: The First Avenger. The setting in WW is World War I, very similar to CA:TFA's World War II setting, and at the heart of both movies is a wonderful, earnest, fun character who always try to do the right thing.
DC finally has a winner.