The DCEU doesn’t have much in it’s canon to be proud of yet, but I wasn’t ready to write it off yet. Man of Steel was almost good, Suicide Squad was watchable, and Batman Vs. Superman was a dismal piece of garbage, but with such great characters, and so many points of inspiration to pull from, I knew there would be some greatness to come along.

Que Wonder Woman. I didn’t think it would be Wonder Woman, I’ll admit, I didn’t see this coming at all. Ideas for a Wonder Woman film have been bounced around since 1996, I just assumed we hadn’t seen anything by now because bringing her origin to the screen was undo able.

Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives with her people, the Amazons, on the island of Themyscira. The Amazons are all women, created by Zeus in order to one day defeat the God of War, Ares. Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson) forbids her daughter to train to become a warrior, but Diana’s spirit prevails, and she beings training with her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright).

Diana is a fast learner, she is strong and brave, and it seems to surprise only her, there are secrets surrounding Diana’s powers, and she may be the only one who doesn’t understand. When a mysterious man named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) appears on the shores of Themyscira, War and the evils of man follow closely behind, and Diana can only hear so much before she must take action.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Wonder Woman is wondrous and inspirational. What surprisingly drives the film, is Gal Gadot’s stellar Performance. Why surprisingly? Because I personally haven’t seen her give even half the performance she gave in Wonder Woman, in her other films. People praised her performance in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but I found the film so horrible that for me, it completely drowned out any greatness that might have been. Gadot handles her character with grace and compassion, she’s hilariously naive, but as confident and valiant as we could expect from someone playing the Wonder Woman.

But how about the movie as a whole? It could be better.

Wow, you’re so negative Mitch. Geez.

Hey now, no back talk. I enjoyed Wonder Woman about as much as I did this years superhero film “Logan”, but there were ways to improve the film.

for one, remove everything involving Dr. Maru/poison (Elena Anaya) and General Erich Ludendorff. Ludendorff was entirely over the top, played laughably by Danny Huston, he was entirely the worst part of the movie. Elena Anaya, played her role well, but there was so much good in this film that having these two instigators at the center of the film was unnecessary. The bit that had General Erich Ludendorff sniffing a poison that made him stronger was silly.

***Now for SPOILER territory***

*** BACK OUT NOW if you must***

For a film that wants to celebrate it’s femininity, it’s frustrating that it has Steve Trevor, and the rest of the supporting characters, doubting her thoughts on Ares, the God of War, the whole film. Nobody believes her, to the point that the audience believes she is wrong. I would have preferred Ares be the bad guy the whole film, instead of have Diana be the butt of the joke the entire film.

My next critique will begin as a critique and end as a positive, so bear with me, oh and again ***Spoiler***….

I haven’t seen much criticism over this, and why haven’t I? Diana Prince isn’t able to unleash her full power until the death of a man. Steve Trevors death is what allows Diana Prince to tap into the full extent of her powers. Now, this bothered me at first, but the film quickly shows us that it’s not that he’s a man, it’s the love, and loss of love, that allowed her to become the “Wonder Woman”.

all of that said, The relationship between Steve Trevor and Diana Prince is BY FAR the best relationship I’ve ever seen in a superhero film. I’m going to be honest, I haven’t been so invested in a love story in a movie in years, and years. Chris Pine and Gal Gadot have great chemistry, and this was definitely my favorite Chris Pine role since the first “Star Trek”.

Wonder Woman has so many astounding, breathtaking moments, that I recommend it to every woman, their daughters AND every man. Wonder Woman is brave and beautiful, while it’s script lacks in some places, Gadot, Pine and director Patty Jenkins have created a triumph that all women deserve.

There’s one scene that I will never forget, I wanted to cry with triumph. Wonder Woman turns “No Mans Land” into Woman land, when she runs onto the battlefield alone in order to fight the war single-handedly. “If” Wonder Woman is nominated for an Oscar, it will be for that incredible scene.

Grade: A-


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