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DC has had their hands full of negative responses to their recent films as of late. From the recent trailers of Gal Gadot's Wonder Women, we all wondered if this would be DC's first big hit! Well..With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95, we might finally be looking at the DC movie that we all hoped and dreamed would succeed all expectations. With the films release here in a week, the reviews are in from a verity of different sources. Does the recent reviews boost your excitement for Wonder Women first big screen adaptation? Read the reviews and see what everyone has been saying.
The Hollywood Reporter: Yet as with all comics-based extravaganzas, brevity is anathema to the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, and it doesn’t quite transcend the traits of franchise product as it checks off the list of action-fantasy requisites. But this origin story, with its direct and relatively uncluttered trajectory, offers a welcome change of pace from a superhero realm that’s often overloaded with interconnections and cross-references. (A nod to Wayne Enterprises in the story’s framing device serves as a fuss-free tie-in to the upcoming Justice League.)
It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero. Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have given us sporadically successful, demythified takes on Batman and Superman, but they’ve all seemed skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward the sort of unabashed do-gooderism that DC Comics’ golden-age heroes exemplified. Never prone to stewing in solitude, and taking more notes from Richard Donner than from Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness — boisterous, earnest, sometimes sloppy, yet consistently entertaining — with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way.
It’s a great cast overall: Gadot mixes ancient wisdom and gravitas with the delight and, yes, wonder of someone trying ice cream for the first time, and Pine takes the generally thankless role of Steve Trevor and imbues him with both a sense of duty and a sense of humor. And since Anaya starred in “The Skin I Live In,” it’s fitting she plays another character who has suffered extreme plastic surgery; the movie gives her poisons expert a stereotypical villain’s disfigurement — a facial graft that makes her look like the Phantom of the Opera — but she still manages to find a soul inside this despicable war criminal.
It’s only in the movie’s unnecessary final half-hour or so that Wonder Woman finally meets her match: the special-effects imperatives of contemporary blockbuster filmmaking against which even the Germans onscreen seem insignificant. When Diana realizes that the villain she’s been chasing all this time is, in fact, not the end but just the beginning to a line of villains to be trotted out, no doubt, in subsequent chapters, the movie turns into an eye-rolling digital smackdown that mirrors every other late-period DC (and, to be fair, Marvel) movie smackdown. It would be nice one of these days if some heroic editor just lopped off the last 30 minutes of all of these things. But it’s hard to quibble about what’s wrong with a movie that gets so much right, especially when it comes to Gadot’s revelatory portrayal of Wonder Woman. The wait is over, folks. The DC movie you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Grade: A-
Wonder Woman is leaps and bounds above the other three entries in the DCEU. With a dramatic setting, a few entertaining action scenes, and a strong supporting cast all working together to tell an inspirational Hero’s Journey, it more than offsets some occasionally uneven acting on Gadot’s part and some shaky technical aspects. The messy third act fight, however, is something that has plagued other superhero movies and is something even Wonder Woman cannot overcome. Overall, Wonder Woman is a win because it successfully tells the story of a woman taking on a war-torn world with the power of love. What’s more heroic than that? Rating: 7.9 out of 10.