Well, Wonder Woman won out on the poll of what review to do next, so here we are.
Movie review today, yaaay.
Hope you all enjoy.
Wonder Woman: Movie Review
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
The Good Stuff:
Not to sound like some crotchety old movie reviewer, but movies nowadays rarely have a really good representation of theme. And if they do, it’s just something that could really be summed up in a quick blurb of “be yourself” or “teamwork = yes”.
The theme of this movie is a lot more complex and well executed than that. It delves deep into the human nature, why wars happen, and what’s worth fighting and dying for. How everyone’s flawed, but there is a determined right and wrong and you need to fight for it the best you can.
It was really a gorgeous lesson, and this movie is amazing in presenting it.
This isn’t me being glad because “omg they had my very favorite actors!”
I recognized a couple folks, but that’s not the point.
Just how incredibly different everyone was, it was awesome. The core team was made up of an American (Chris Pine did a great job, guys), an American Indian, a Scottish dude (I just liked hearing him talk ok), an Amazon warrior and . . . a French guy I think? It was just a really different cast of people and I loved all the differences and how they worked together.
It did get a leeetle confusing, just because of everyone’s different accents. But once you warm up to ‘em all, it’s good.
(One actress fangirl moment, though. Robin Wright/Princess Buttercup as an Amazon warrior woman. That was a sight to see.)
- Twist near end
No spoilers here, but I do believe my mouth actually fell open.
Pretty dang huge twist right before the final fight. And . . . yeah, that was really well pulled off.
- Awesome effects
Nothing to do with the writing quality or the story or anything, but holy spades.
This movie is gorgeously put together. The contrast between the tropical paradise of the Amazon island and the gritty WWI setting of the rest of the world. The fight scenes and the effects . . . just everything.
I will admit my family was poking fun at the excess of slo-mo spinning-in-the-air shots, though. XD
Not a huge note, but with the darkness involved in a war movie, it can get a little choking. They had the opportunity for some great humor moments with how little Diana knows of the outside world and Steve Trevor’s resulting interactions with that and having to babysit her so she doesn’t freak anyone out. It was a much needed funny note in the whole thing and I appreciated it. ❤
The Bad Stuff:
Yep. It’s a war movie and violence is a thing. People get shot and killed and things get blown up and punched and . . . yes, in general, there’s a lot of violence.
Well, this one should be obvious enough from just looking at anything regarding Wonder Woman. Actually, her battle outfit isn’t quite as skimpy as I imagined, which was nice (but definitely doesn’t mean it’s not skimpy at all). But the Amazon island. Sheesh, ladies. Cover up a bit more skin, will you?
(Plus a biiit of a moment with Trevor getting out of a bath? I don’t think anything was actually shown outright to scandalize the whole movie, but still.)
Maybe just me, but in general, poison gas isn’t my favorite element.
I know it was a big part of WWI and all and I’m not saying that’s not a historically accurate plot device to use. Still, it was disturbing and I looked away at a few parts to save my eyeballs from things I didn’t wish to see.
- Gods stuff
Aaand mainly a personal/family values point, but walking away from it, this was the biggest issue that bothered me. Just, as Christians, entertaining the idea of there being other gods and thinking they’re cool doesn’t quite sit right with me and that ended up being a kinda big thing so. Yeah, my two cents there.
A cool action movie with amazing visuals, a unique cast and an incredible theme. Though probably for older audiences. 😉
Have you seen Wonder Woman? Think you will?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
We’ll be back on Thursday with a story, and until then, have a great Monday, guys. ❤