The DCEU output for many people has been a disappointment, I personally really liked Man of Steel and Batman v Superman but will admit that Suicide Squad was a mess (albeit still a fun one). So for many, Wonder Woman had a lot to prove as part of the DCEU, but not only that, it also had the weight of potentially being the first successful mainstream solo female superhero movie hanging on its shoulders.
Well I have some good news. Wonder Woman is a success and is indeed a great movie that is sure to be liked by many. It is a glorious spectacle that is engaging throughout and a total heap of fun.
The story concerns a WW1 Pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who crash lands near the island of Themyscira that is inhabited by the Amazons. There he meets Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and uses her help to try to stop the war. It’s a fairly straightforward story that has a number of typical superhero tropes and isn’t all that unique but is executed incredibly well. It has a good amount of dramatic and emotional weight and there is a fair helping of humour woven throughout that never feels forced. The film even has some thematic depth to it, portraying a message of love whilst questioning human nature and the idea of war.
One thing in particular that really makes the movie is the acting. Gal Gadot is a perfect fit as Wonder Woman, whether it be her charming naivety when experiencing the real world for the first time or her fierce determination in battle, Gal embodies the role and is fantastic. The other stand out is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, he’s a man full of charm and he especially shines through in a couple of scenes at the end. There is one scene in particular towards the end between the two that I feel elevates the film and has an emotional impact. The rest of the performances are solid enough, but not really noteworthy.
Action is also nicely spread out throughout and features a lot of fun and awesome moments with a couple of sequences that really standout including one that happens on the WW1 battlefield. There is also a fair number of slow motion shots used, which in a lot of films can usually get a little tiresome, but that’s not the case here, as they are used mainly for some of the epic moments of action that are a complete joy to watch.
Visually, the film looks good overall. There’s a nice contrast in colours between the bright vibrancy of Themyscira island and the dreary, muted tones of WW1. There is a lot of CGI used throughout which is consistently good, nothing outstanding but works well enough and the cinematography is very solid.
Finally there is the score which is great, the Wonder Woman theme makes a return from Batman v Superman. The theme is definitely one of the more unique and best superhero themes going today and is integrated well into the rest of the score. It is teased in little bits throughout until hitting full on when Diana Prince first runs out onto the WW1 battlefield as Wonder Woman. Its a theme full of potency that really hypes you up.
This is certainly the best film of the DCEU so far, it may not offer much new to the superhero genre but it’s execution and charm make for an enthralling experience. I watched this at the midnight screening where I went in feeling a little tired but came out feeling pumped and if a film can perk me up like that, it’s certainly a sign of it being something great. A marvelous achievement for DC, director Patty Jennings and everyone involved.
Story – 7.5/10
Acting – 8/10
Visuals – 7.5/10
Sound – 8/10
Entertainment Value – 9/10
Overall – 8/10
Review written by Eric Hart (Blazinhart).