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Thoughts On Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman movie review

While it certainly has been awhile since the release of Wonder Woman (2017), I decided to share my thoughts on this film after observing the film’s reception. After all, many felt as if Wonder Woman was marketed in a way that would surely appeal to supporters of the “feminist/far left”, and we all know what happened to the last film that pandered to said political movement.

After Wonder Woman was released, I was pleasantly surprised to see the film gain what appeared to be mass praise and appreciation from almost everyone. But upon viewing Wonder Woman, I can say without a doubt that this film is certainly no masterpiece, at least not the work of art that most people believe it to be. It does not revolutionize the film industry, nor does it really offer anything invigorating nor exciting to the ever-expanding roster of superhero films that have come out the past few years. Simply put, Wonder Woman is a competent, well-crafted film that will manage to keep most people entertained for two hours. And that’s just about it.

Sure, Wonder Woman has several excellent features. For one, Gal Gadot’s performance is absolutely fantastic. She captures her character completely; the naive wonder, the slight arrogance mixed with charm, the banter, and the ferocity. And Chris Pine certainly matches her, bringing a sense of callousness mixed with Indiana-Jones style cockiness. And their relationship is portrayed believably as a result.

The look of the film is also quite nice; the production design is flawless, but nothing particularly eye-catching. The cinematography is perfectly suitable for the film, although it is not gorgeous nor is it exactly jaw-dropping. The action is well-choreographed, but edited and shot in a way that completely mars every action sequence. The slow-motion is slathered all of over each fight scene, which is utterly jarring.

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When all of these factor pile up, it becomes evident that everything has a sense of “good, but not great”, which perfectly sums up this film.

However, that is not to say that everything in this film is “good”. Because rather, there are parts of this film that are infuriating, such as the actors and actresses, apart from the two leads and some supporting characters, are either mind-numbingly flat or an absurd caricature, or of course, just plain irritating. Robin Wright and Connie Nielson do a perfectly find job of keeping the exact same expression of furrowed browns and half-frowns for up to thirty minutes. David Thewlis’ performance consists of talking in a grave, brooding voice and maintaining the exact same look on his face, which is indescribable. And then you get to the two supporting villains, Danny Huston and Elena Anaya, who play General Ludendorff and Dr. Isabel “Poison” Maru, respectively. Don’t bother worrying about these two villains, their motivations, goals, and impact on the character, because frankly, they have none. They are not characters, in a sense, but rather just caricatures of the “evil general” and “deranged scientist” trope that plagues movies. If anything, these two ‘characters’ are just obstacles for our brave heroine to defeat. The child actresses don’t exactly add to the viewing experience in the slightest.

If anything, the child actresses are a contributing factor to why the first quarter of the movie is utterly horrendous. Which brings me on to the next major problem with this film; the pacing is awful. I’m not exactly the best mathematician, but if we divide the film into quarters, it becomes apparent that each quarter’s pacing is varied. The first quarter is the slowest and dullest, with 30 minutes easily being wasted on Diana’s ‘childhood’, which is flimsy and uninspiring. The next three quarters of the movie are progressively faster, but due to the lethargy of the first quarter, all of the action is pushed to the second half, causing the last parts of the film to feel like a stock action film, which I’ve also stated my opinion on.

Oh, and speaking of the ‘stock action movie’ route, this film’s ending is incomprehensibly lazy and half-witted. So, in the film, our titular hero kills who she believes to be the God of War, Ares. In her logic, the Germans (this film is set in WWI) should stop fighting, as they were apparently controlled by the Ares to instigate a war. However, the Germans simply don’t stop fighting, and thus Steve Trevors (Chris Pine) explains to her, ‘some men are just inherently evil’. This is a perfectly fine message, and the film could have simply ended with Wonder Woman and Steve Trevors winning the war. But in a shocking twist of unspeakable stupidity, Ares is revealed to be real, indicating that enemies in war are, in fact, motivated by a single entity to commit horrible acts. So in the end, the film’s initial message is flattened, leaving us with a false and absurd statement that ‘all wars are manipulated by some one guy’.

Ultimately, Wonder Woman is a well-made film that will certainly entertain – maybe even thrill – some of the less-demanding moviegoers.

 

 

Patrick Yu
My name is Patrick and I have always been a huge fan of movies. Inspired by my parents and friends alike, I have taken up the hobby of reviewing movies, sharing my thoughts on it. Later, I began reviewing TV shows, as i also had thoughts about those as well. I am quite passionate about writing and journalism as well.