Saturday, June 3, 2017
Wonder Woman Spoiler Free Review
We sat through a Superman origin, his fight with Batman and a team up with our lead in this one, then something about supervillains that really had nothing to do with the larger story. All of those were enjoyable in my opinion, but severely flawed. Now we get the resurrection of movies based on DC comics with a woman’s touch. We start with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) receiving the original picture we saw a scan of in BvS, and the what follows is the tale of her origin: Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) of the Amazons explains the god-killer, a weapon that comes into play later, and after she refuses to train her for reasons that are clarified eventually, Diana goes ahead and trains for war that Amazons like Antiope (Robin Wright), a general in their army and Diana’s aunt, pray will never come. After a man by the name of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is brought to shore after crashing in the ocean near Themyscira within the magic barrier, the war to end all wars (World War I as we call it now) comes to them. What follows is a hero’s journey for Diana that balances fun and serious as well as any Marvel movie can, and this is the story of her loss of innocence, going from Diana, Princess of Themyscira, to Diana Prince, AKA, Wonder Woman. We start with Shakespearean family drama between mother and daughter, and end with finding out how she became the woman we met in Batman V. Superman and will reunite with in Justice League after seeing the darker side of mankind. Hey, it’s a prequel for all intents and purposes, so not a spoiler. It all moves smoothly, and doesn’t cram a huge amount of DCEU set-up into the movie: we see Diana in the present getting the picture at the beginning and end, with no appearance (though one small reference I’ll let you figure out) by any other major player in Justice League. Thanks to that, we can focus on her story arc, which is loss-of-innocence and origin story. The various characters that surround her prove to be worthy characters, and the villain’s only real development is (spoilers), but otherwise, a plot device, which is all we need, because it’s not about the villain, but again, the loss of innocence she endures when discovering man’s world. That world may have several horrors in it, but it is visually well-done, from the amazing landscape of Themyscira to the godly exposition animations, high octane battle scenes that aren’t overloaded like a certain movie that makes you wonder why this woman didn’t get this movie before that, and finally, the historical details and believable CGI. It all adds to the hero’s journey Wonder Woman goes through, proving it’s not just for men. Rupert Gregson-Williams brings back the high octane Wonder Woman theme from BvS to add adrenaline to this already exciting and thematic film. I mentioned earlier that the humor and seriousness was balanced well, especially compared to Man of Steel and BvS. Suicide Squad tried, but fell a little short with characters we maybe shouldn’t glorify, but Wonder Woman finally hits that balance mark perfectly in a way that puts this universe on equal ground with the first shared universe I shall not name here, and has clean enough language that the only thing you have to worry about for child appropriateness is Steve Trevor’s bath scene and one or two disturbing images I can’t guarantee not to stay with an elementary schooler, but wouldn’t exactly scar them for life either. Held to the same standard as the male-led comic book movies of a post-Avengers world, Wonder Woman shines brighter than and stands above anything DC’s put out following the Dark Knight Trilogy and brings hope to DC fans that the DCEU can and will succeed after its rocky start in 2013 and worrying plummet last year. All of DC’s hopes were pinned on Wonder Woman’s movie, and she stopped a bad streak with the long-overdue Wonder Woman movie we deserved, and the top-notch DCEU film we needed.