Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched it yet, know that this article contains some spoilers about the film Wonder Woman
We found Wonder Woman to be somewhat problematic. Don’t get it wrong, it’s a very important film and a long due one. We have our first female super-hero full feature and it’s about damn time! The plot is genuine and the location pick is simply amazing. moreover, another wonderful amendment is that it’s also directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins).
But, and it’s a big but – the structure of the movie was way off throughout the entire time. Felt as if it was all over the place; They unsuccessfully tried to cram too many thoughts and too much information into a movie (that’s already long enough) in 2.5 hours. It definitely had the right set of mind to it, and an incredible concept backing it up, but was simply not handled with enough care and skill.
Not enough weight was given to the important and more interesting scenes on the count of the ‘cramming’. The action and the stunts were over handled with, to the point it looked a little grotesque and didn’t come out as impressing as it probably sought out to be and should have been. Most of the dialogues were unreliable and resembled more of a dubbed animation feature. It’s an emotional action film, perhaps a new genre? Not that innovativeness is a bad thing! but it has to be done right, especially in this scale and magnitude. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t sit right, it’s a scramble of too many genres and the outcome is a cinematic mess.
I get it’s a DC movie, and as such it had to have the whole DC vibe to it but that doesn’t mean we need to see bad, almost cartoonish acting.. mostly by Danny Huston (General Ludendorff) and Elena Anaya (Dr. Poison). David Thewlis (Ares) on the other hand, was his usual charming mysterious self although it wasn’t his best performance.
Gal Gadot was very impressive and refreshing in general. But Diana Prince was written as overly naive and quite frankly a bit like a daytime soap opera character. If the idea was to build her strength and persona up towards her cathartic finale moment as the all powerful Wonder Woman then ether the timing was off again or it just wasn’t too important in the overall scheme of things… Gadot probably just worked with what she had.
I did however like the awesome Wonder Woman theme song that came up during some of the fighting scenes, reminded me of what I was doing in that cinema and how epic this whole thing really is. I also loved the soft, tragic unfulfilled love story between Diana and Steve (Chris Pine). Not too little and not too much was dedicated to this shy and delicate romance that was, after all, not the main concept of the film but a compelling background to the realization that love is the greatest power, with which you can overcome all evil and, of course, kick some major Nazi slash God of war butt. And that is the true wonder of this film.
Check the movie out and don’t forget to let us know what you really think!