Wonder Women Review

This was one of my most anticipated movies of the summer, and this is also one of first female led super hero movies in a while (the last one I think was Elektra), and this movie did not disappoint, in fact I think it is one of my favorite comic book movies.

This is also another movie in the DC Extended Universe, and this one focuses on the origin story of Wonder Women, who was first introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The story takes place during World War I, and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands of Diana’s island of Themyscira. After finding out about World War I, Diana assumes that the atrocities were brought on by Ares, the God of War. Diana then goes with Steve to London to find Ares and hopefully stop the war.

After a rough start to the DCEU, this is the first film I enjoyed from start to finish, it delivered some great action set pieces. The first one was where the Germans invade Themyscira, it delivered a great action scene, and what made it great was that it involved a bunch of women kicking so much ass. My favorite is when Diana comes out of the trenches and is just holding the line, and my whole theater was clapping and cheering throughout that scene.

 

While I did have reservations about her initial casting, Gal Gadot was great as Wonder Women, and she really understood how the character is both strong, but also has emotions, which is the core of Wonder Women. Chris Pine was also good as Steve Trevor, and both Diana’s and Steve’s relationship was really well done and developed. When Diana first came to London, it provided a lot of humor which featured Diana trying to figure out the world around her.

I also did like the supporting such as Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), Steve’s secretary. She did provide some good comedic scenes, and I kinda wish she was in it more. I also liked Steve’s war buddies, which I reminded me a lot of the Howling Commando’s from Captain America. But I felt the villains were a bit underdeveloped, and I think that’s a problem with a lot of the recent superhero movies.

The direction was also very good. Patty Jenkins directed this movie, and this is one of the first superhero movies to have a female director, and she brought up the essence of Wonder Women, while some the action scenes had some slow mo, it didn’t feel like it was too much. I am so glad that she is signed up for Wonder Women 2, and I hope she could possibly direct Justice League 2.

What surprises me, was that it took this long to make a Wonder Women movie. While there has been female led super hero movies before, most of them were terrible, and the studios would see it as a risk. Hopefully thanks to the positive reception of this movie, we could see more female superhero movies, like, Captain Marvel, or a better Catwoman.

Wonder Women, was a fantastic movie that had me smiling the whole way through. It was not just a great female-led Superhero movie, but a great comic book movie.

Grade: A

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Review

I know I am late for this one but the weekend it came out I was at a Model UN conference, then it was Easter, and I also had a lot of work I needed to get done, but now I finally saw the movie and will give you my review.

I was very excited about this movie since it was announced back in summer of 2013. This movie is also a lead in to the DC Extended Universe which in the future will include Suicide Squad which will be released in August of this year, Wonder Women in June 2017 and Justice League Part One in November 2017.

I actually really enjoyed this movie, Despite a few story flaws in gave me what I wanted which was an introduction to Batman and Wonder Women in this movie universe. I also liked seeing the DC Trinity for the first time on the silver screen.

I also thought Ben Affeck did a fantastic job as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this movie. I think he is one of best incarnations of Batman since Michael Keaton. He portrayed a Batman that is going back to being Batman after not being Batman for many years. You saw the anguish he faced and trying to find a reason to be Batman again. I also liked that he didn’t have the growly Christian Bale voice and used a voice modulator.

Gal Gadot was also a great Wonder Women in her limited screen time. It made me excited to see her in her own movie next summer.

If I were to point out some negatives it is the story itself. It felt like almost 5 movies at once. It had Superman on trial, Batman going back to crime fighting, Lex Luthors plan to have them fight each other, introducing  other members of the Justice League. I think the script could have been polished in order to make the movie more cohesive. I also thought Jesse Eisenberg was a miscast as Lex Luthor. He was a bit too cartooney for Lex Luthor, and I would have liked a more subtle portrayal.

In the end, this movie did a descent job at giving us a teaser to the DC Extended Universe, and despite some flaws I still enjoyed the movie.

Grade: B-