September 29, 2023

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DC Finally Delivers: Wonder Woman Is Sensational

A short spoiler free review. (That is neither short, nor barely a review.)

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Wonder Woman fan.  I don’t dislike her, I’ve just never really felt compelled to buy many of her comics or any related paraphernalia.  I did read a good chunk of Brian Azzarello’s run when the New 52 kicked off, but otherwise, most of my exposure to the Amazon has been through various team books like Justice League, numerous company wide crossover events (because we all know I’m a sucker for them) and her close (sometimes very close) team ups with the rest of the DC Trinity.

However, of all the dreck and bad decisions that have come out of the DC Extended Universe, this film version of Wonder Woman has intrigued me the most.  I thought the casting of Gal Gadot was inspired and then she completely stole the show in Batman v Superman.  Doing so while only appearing in the film for around 7 minutes of it’s 800+ minute runtime.

So I’ve been looking forward to her first solo film with some interest.  And then the trailers came and they were good.  And recently, the hype train kicked into high gear.  Following all the complaints about Warner Bros/DC not spending enough on advertising the film, suddenly you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about how good the early reviews were.  Watson has even taken over the white board in our main conference room and updates it with the current Rotten Tomatoes score whenever it changes.

That score as I write this is 92%…which is amazing.  Especially considering Man of Steel, Batsoup and Suicide Squad sit at 55%, 28% and 25% respectively.  I had a discussion with the Gabbing Geek crew earlier today that I don’t generally put much weight into reviews.  To each their own.  For those latter three films I find the Man of Steel score much too generous and the other two too harsh.  But I will have to agree with the assessment so far for Wonder Woman.

It’s not a perfect film, and I would have tightened up the pacing a little bit, but it is such a minor complaint.  Wonder Woman has already transcended comparisons to the other DCEU films (it’s like comparing apples to orange fish) and enters the conversation of the best super hero movies of all time.

It will be interesting to see what my fellow geeks think.  Tom will like it I think, he’s not a harsh grader.  Watson may be down on it a bit since he dislikes origin stories.  Similarly Ryan may discount it as he hates prequels.  And Jenny?  Well, we all know Jenny is going to lose her mind.

Warner Bros., DC, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins have really done a sensational job with this one.  Do yourself a favor and go see it.

I give Wonder Woman 9 out of 10 awkward pillow talk scenes.

BTW, there is no post credit scene.