REVIEW – Is Wonder Woman Warner Bros and DC’s Saving Grace?

Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year for Warner Bros and DC when it comes to their cinematic universe. Batman v Superman was an overstuffed mess, and the less said about Suicide Squad the better. Yet in the wake of all this, fans were anticipating the release of Wonder Woman, albeit with a growing sense of dread that the movie just wouldn’t be any good. Wonder Woman was set to be the first major superhero film from a studio featuring a female lead and female director. Patty Jenkins was entrusted with bringing the Amazon Goddess to the big screen, and Gal Gadot was again set to play Diana Prince, and this time with even more pressure surrounding the production as Warner Bros and DC had failed to convince fans so far.

From one DC fan to another, you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Wonder Woman not only meets fans expectations, but completely exceeds them in almost every way. For the first time ever, we have a definitive origin story told on the big screen for arguably the biggest female superhero, and Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the title character is what fans have been waiting for. However, a great performance would be nothing without a great director, and Patty Jenkins shows here just what she’s capable of, and should leave Marvel fans wondering what Thor 2 could have been like had Jenkins not left the project.

There are some gorgeous scenes in this movie, and some that are so epic that I actually had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The camerawork and direction throughout the movie, along with great performances from all of the cast really make Wonder Woman’s first solo outing something that fans can be proud of. All this being said, the film isn’t perfect. Without spoiling anything, I felt that there were some decisions that could have been better thought through by the writing team on this film, but in the end the good more than outweigh the bad.

However, what really makes this movie special is its multiple layers. It is not just about big action sequences. It is not just about the comic relief moments. It is not just about seeing a beautiful woman kick ass. It is about people. A lot of moviegoers will probably go into theatres expecting some borderline extreme feminism propaganda, preaching ‘women are from Venus and men are from hell’, when it couldn’t be further from the truth. The real message here is that by working together can good really be achieved and evil dealt with. Jenkins sends a message to all comic fans, and that is simply that comics are for everyone, and that is exactly the way it should be.   

Finally, DC and Warner Bros have done something right with their cinematic universe. Patty Jenkins has constructed a thrilling yet earnest origin story for a truly underappreciated superhero, and Gal Gadot’s charismatic performance only adds more hope for future projects. Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air when compared to other big budget superhero releases today. It is exciting, surprisingly touching and a whole lot of fun, and ultimately it is a film that we can learn a lot from given the current state of the world, and that is simply that together, we are stronger.

Verdict: 9/10.

Joe Paolella

LUX Film Prize and 28 Times Cinema Ambassador, aspiring filmmaker, and lover of all things cinema. Joe specializes in writing film reviews, as well as spreading the good word about the importance of European cinema, and cinema as a whole.

Joe Paolella

LUX Film Prize and 28 Times Cinema Ambassador, aspiring filmmaker, and lover of all things cinema. Joe specializes in writing film reviews, as well as spreading the good word about the importance of European cinema, and cinema as a whole.