Wonder Woman Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Tagline: Wonder. Power. Courage.
Release Date: 2017-6-2 | Runtime: 2 hr 21 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Wonder Woman Review
I had no desire to see Wonder Woman. I have been less than impressed with most of the superhero movies released, and didn’t want to waste my money on another one. However, my munchkin had asked me early on if I would take her to see it, and I had said yes. When I found out my mom wanted to see it (who only gets to see Miss L about once every 3 months) as well, and was visiting for the week, I was had. I restrained my sighs, played the good sport, and took them.
Twenty minutes into the movie, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t wanted to see it.
Holy crap! Wonder Woman was awesome. It wasn’t perfect, but the parts that weren’t perfect were fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things. I clapped, I wiggled in my seat. I teared up. You probably did a double take at that last sentence, didn’t you?. When I had read about women tearing up watching the movie, I rolled my eyes. Over-emotional females, diehard feminists, yadda yadda yadda. But no, it’s not any of that. It’s this disbelief that you are seeing a woman on the screen kicking ass. When men say she can’t, she says “Why not?” and does it anyways.
And it’s not this sort of butch “I will prove it to you! Grr. Argh.” and it’s not this “My curves will see me through” that you see in these types of movies either. She’s not depending on her looks, she’s not dressed in a skintight suit and talking all sexily. Yes, her outfit is gorgeous, but when you’re watching Gal Gadot play Diana, you really aren’t looking at her outfit. (Trust me on this. Not a single lusty thought flittered across my brain during this movie.)
The action scenes were typical, but the (not mere) fact that a woman was suddenly the centerpiece of them made them a game changer. All the typical shots that are supposed to show a character being super character-y normally have me rolling my eyes. These ones had me doing a mental snoopy dance. The dialogue is solid, and the humor doesn’t feel forced in with all the grace of a college boy making the moves on a swimsuit model. If you’re taking a kid to see it, beware there is some adult humor though. There were a few scenes in Wonder Woman I had to explain in appropriate ways to my eight year old.
Overall, taken at face value, Wonder Woman is better than the average superhero on a few levels.This was refreshing to watch simply because nothing in it felt like they were trying too hard. The movie flowed smoothly from start to finish, and the ending gives middle-age racist white men a reason to quake in their boots. It’s a fun popcorn flick that has the ability to make any little girl watching it feel empowered.
And it’s about damn time for that, isn’t it?
Just like Kong: Skull Island, I intend on purchasing this movie as soon as it hits DVD.