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Wonder Woman (2017)
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:16 am »
Wonder Woman (2017)
5 Stars out of 5



I've been waiting a long time to finally get the chance to sit down and watch Wonder Woman. I've pretty much stayed spoiler free the entire time, but it was really hard because of all the praise that was floating around out there. Wherever I turned it was another article or an interview where someone was gushing about the flick. I gotta preface this by saying that I've always been a fan of Lynda Carter as the the standard for Wonder Woman. Having just watched this movie, the torch has clearly been passed to Gal Gadot. Yeah, she was in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but she had such a small role in the movie that I really couldn't make an opinion about her other than "she looks the part".

With Gal getting her first full movie to carry in Wonder Woman, I can't think of a better actor to assume the mantle of Diana Prince. Just as important as her performance of course is the Direction by Patty Jenkins who did a fantastic job crafting the look, feel and pace of what turned out to be fast movie that flies by. Love the nods that Patty threw into Wonder Woman to pay homage to Superman: The Movie, which for me has always been the Gold Standard for Comic Book movies. So, to see this little Easter Eggs really was a delight. Diana/Wonder Woman has a great origin story and shocking has a great character arc from the beginning to the last shot in the movie. There is a clear change for her that you just don't see in most Comic Book Films and that has been the biggest fail in why those movies just don't connect with me on an emotional level, Logan being the lone exception in years to get it right.

Chris Pine was great in his role as Steve Trevor and really played off Gal to great effect. Hated to see him go at the end, but it's his sacrifice that actually propels Diana to become who she was and is destined to be and it's very exhilarating to see her transformation complete at the most pivotal and critical time in the film. There is a lot to like in Wonder Woman. Yes, the action sequences involving Wonder Woman will have you grinning ear to ear in their awesomeness. They look so damn good. But more than that, we finally get a DCU movie that doesn't suck. Not every movie has to be dark and brooding to tell a story. That has been the biggest problem so far with the other DCU flicks. Wonder Woman went in the opposite direction and succeeds and it still feels like it fits in nicely in that Universe. I highly recommend this as a Buy. It's definitely a movie that I'd come back to again and again in the future. 5 Stars out of 5.
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