Note: This review contains no spoilers about the film.
Sometimes, it takes one man to make the first step for everyone else to follow — in this case, it takes one woman.
The latest DC Entertainment, Inc. (DCEI) film, Wonder Woman, as you might have heard, is a vindicating experience after Batman vs Superman. After an overwhelmingly devastating 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for BvS, Wonder Woman has garnered a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 76 on Metacritic as of date. DCEI has picked up the pieces quite neatly for their upcoming Justice League movie later this year.
Beauty with a twist
The thing about Wonder Woman that makes the film so good is how beautiful she is, inside and out. Being a DC fan since my teenage years, watching her backstory unfold brought a surge of emotional flashbacks. I’ve always seen her as how the comics and cartoons maintained the image — strong, independent and honorable.
Here’s where DCEI did a splendid job with her: they made her as human as a superhero could possibly be. We’re not talking about Bruce Wayne, losing family, working in a corporation kind of human; we’re talking about asking a lot of questions, admitting mistakes, learning and exploring with an open mind kind of human. You know, characteristics children usually possess upon stepping out into the world — which kinda makes sense if we’re taking into account her transition of lifestyle. It’s a fun twist when you think you’ve known a character for years; and it’s an angle of Wonder Woman that I think everyone should see. Rather than going astray of the image she’s carried for decades, her personality in the movie supplements her as a whole, and brings a light to her character that makes her less intimidating and more endearing.
Even superheroes have problems, too
On the topic of being human, she experiences moments of certainty and uncertainty all throughout the story. In a typical superhero fashion, the main character would encounter something that questions their purpose as a savior. I’d think it would happen once here but — another surprise — there seems to be an underlying question of her identity all throughout the film, even during moments of confidence and scenes of battle. (To assume we all experience some degree of existential crisis is pretty appropriate here, I say.) Sounds like something you wouldn’t want to hear from a superhero, whom you’re counting on to save those who cannot save themselves, but oddly, it worked well for the entirety of the story. It brought more charm and depth in how her truths were eventually brought to light by the end of the movie.
A history, war, and superhero movie all in one
History buffs will surely be on an enthusiastic roll for this. Beyond the obvious theme of Greek Mythology, it’s riddled with references from World War I’s story, creating pictures of how the world could’ve looked like should it have been documented in color. It’s interesting how they managed to sew two themes together when they seem to have happened in separate timelines of history. And even more interesting how not only they crossed ancient mythology and political history, but how the conflicts of the story intertwined so effortlessly in the end.
It’s a film designed to tell Wonder Woman’s origins, personality, and abilities rolled into 2.21 hours of viewing. As a long-time fan of DC, I would recommend watching this to understand more about her — let’s be honest, we’ve had one too many Superman, and Batman films, and not enough of this strong icon right here.
Whether you’re planning to watch the upcoming Justice League rollout or simply craving for a feel-good, action-packed, facts-meet-fiction experience, Wonder Woman is definitely worth watching.
All Wonder Woman images, the film, and its characters are under the copyright of DC Comics, and DCEI.