Wonder Woman: Spoiler-Free Review!
Credit: Entertainment Weekly
Wonder Woman is undoubtedly the DCEU film that the franchise both needs and deserves. I am a huge fan of both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the latter of which is among my favorite comic book movies of all time.
However, it's undeniable that all three previous DCEU movies (including Suicide Squad) thus far have been divisive, to say the least, among fans and critics.
This one, however, seems like it will be quite a different story. I was blessed enough to see an advanced screening of the movie last week, but, due to the review embargo set by Warner Bros., I was unable to speak out about the movie until now. Thusly, without further ado, here is your spoiler-free review of Wonder Woman.
First and foremost, the most noticeably brilliant aspect of Wonder Woman is the storytelling and direction. The film provides the casual moviegoer, as well as the long-time DC/WW fanatic, with a clear, concise, well-planned plot that keeps the audience engaged and captivated throughout the film.
This plot is motioned forward gloriously by the absolutely stellar performances of the main leads: the spectacular Gal Gadot, and the endearing Chris Pine. Their chemistry on screen is absolutely palpable and makes for a truly beautiful live-action adaptation of Diana and Steve Trevor.
There are many parts of the film that DC comic book fans will be able to recognize: Diana's home island of Themyscira, the lovable ally Etta Candy and a great villain who, by the end of the film, is built up to quite masterfully. The action, the humor, the chemistry, the pacing and the sheer badassery are all reasons why this film is the success we’ve all been hoping it would be.
One of the greatest things about Gadot's portrayal of Diana is that she unapologetically inhabits this character. Right from the first moment we see her in the film, to the very last scene, Gadot captures the complete essence of Diana, Princess of Themyscira.
She is brave and powerful when she needs to be, but she is also curious and naive about the world in the way you would completely expect someone who grew up on an isolated island to be. She is a warrior, but she is also very approachable.
She also provides the audience with a truly remarkable female role model, who makes it clear that this is exactly what a powerful woman looks like. She is fierce in every last sense of the word.
For anyone who had a problem with Gadot's casting because she didn't fit his/her physical perception of the character (that's all of you “her boobs and muscles are too small” people), I can assure you that if Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have shown anything through their narrative in this film, it's that they completely and utterly understand what this character is about and what she means for the DC universe.
It’s blatantly evident from this masterpiece that Gadot and Jenkins know the essence of Diana far better than anyone who thinks that big boobs and broad shoulders are all that Wonder Woman is about.
Wonder Woman leaps into theaters officially on June 2nd! Comment below and let me know what you're excited about seeing in this film, and if you want some spoilers or if you have any questions, feel free to ask me on my instagram, @hereaftersuperman.