For about 75 years the legend of Wonder Woman has been developed and interpreted by many. From animated series to television shows we have had variations of her story. However, this is the first time in comic book history that there has been a female centric standalone. On top of that we have also been blessed with a wonderfully talented female director who has opened the gates for many other wildly talented female director’s to tackle a franchise film such as this one.
Wonder Woman is monumental in every aspect of the word. It was overwhelming to see such strong female characters grace the screen in Themyscira. The Amazonian women were regal warriors and Patty Jenkins made sure to film them in such a unique way. The combat choreography was brilliantly created and executed. Jenkins framed Diana Prince’s origin story in the simplest way and it completely worked. Jenkins made it seem effortless and that’s what I loved about it. It was a well crafted period piece and they integrated her mythology with humanity quite nicely.
The shining star of this film is Gal Gadot. Gal has such a wonderful presence on screen and she truly is the embodiment of Diana Prince. Gal was able to show most of her emotions through her reactions and it made for a much more complex performance. Gal and Chris Pine had a lovely natural chemistry, they worked extremely well together!
I do have to give a shoutout to Zack Snyder who helped write the story because it was filled with love and hope. This film, this superhero is exactly what we as a society need right now. This film took it back to the roots of war and it’s alarming to see how things have stayed the same. Humanity is the key element of Wonder Woman. She adapts to the trials and tribulations that society is faced with and that is her biggest test. This film is extremely important on so many levels. So please go out and buy tickets to see one of DC’s finest.
DC has presented the world with possibly the greatest villains of all time, well the greatest Batman villains in this case. David Ayer tries his best to bring forth the Squad in all it’s glory but it falls short. Sure, it was lots of fun between the characters and the banter was hilarious but the structure was a complete mess and the editing was completely off. They tried to cram so much when they didn’t need to, there were too many backstories to try and squeeze in, in order to make any other character besides Harley and Deadshot appear relevant in any way. I really wanted to love this, it breaks my heart that I didn’t because the characters are just so rich and DC writes them and created them so well.
Margot Robbie was incredible as Harley, I could literally watch her for a full two hours doing absolutely anything. Margot nailed the characterization and she had excellent chemistry with Will Smith. Will Smith was the driving force of this film, he was flawless, his characterization was spot on, it was beautiful. Deadshot and Harley were equals in this and I want to see more of them. As for the others, Jai Courtney really stole the show as Captain Boomerang and Diablo was rather intriguing, Killer Croc had his moments, Enchantress was absolutely lethal but the most underused character was Katana and that really annoyed me.
Jared Leto’s Joker was cringeworthy, he made me uncomfortable because I feel like he was trying way too hard. I did not like the way he portrayed him and I hated every single second of the Harley/Joker story line. Again, Harley Quinn outshines the Joker and they did not compliment each other, I felt that Jared had to keep up with Margot’s craziness. His crazy did not match her crazy and that was a major problem.
Long story short, the beginning was a mess, the ending was forgettable and the middle kind of had some goodness to it. The middle with the SKWAD was lighthearted, extremely funny, had great banter and it really was great to see the bad guys having some fun and peeling back the layers of the villains. It was different, it was a different side to comic book films and it does have some good moments.