WONDER WOMAN (film) is empowering, but disappointing

Director: Patty Jenkins.
Cast: Gal Gadot / Robin Wright / Chris Pine /
Content Advisory/Rating: PG13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Source: Rented.

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

To say this movie has taken the world by storm would be an understatement. You've probably seen for yourself how much it's achieved, or the impact it's had, or how many girls it's inspired, or the debates it's sparked.
Because of all that hype, because I love superheroes (and was admittedly hoping for some redemption for DC), and because of its female lead and director, I was incredibly excited to watch this movie. Beyond excited.
I was disappointed. But I still love it and all it stands for.

It's overwhelming. It's breathless. It's empowering and extraordinary, and the way women are represented and the way Diana is portrayed is magnificent. I love how she's not another stick-thin, zero-personality badass heroine, and that she's so much more than an epic fighter. Her care, her compassion, her genuine concern for others, her desire to do what is right and her effortless acceptance of everyone no matter what age or what gender or what colour, is what makes her the heroine we love. And more than that, Diana proves her true goodness by choosing the right path in the end when faced with a difficult choice (I can't be more specific because of spoilers...). That made me love and admire her even more.

I was crying from that first fight on the beach when the Amazons take on the soldiers. That scene means so much to me because to see women of all different ages, different colours, different shapes, fighting alongside each other without men, is beyond special. It's hard to put into words what I felt when I watched that, or how I felt when I saw Diana save Steve (numerous times), or when she insisted on involving herself in matters the men mocked or criticised her for getting involved in, or simply when she refused to do something a man told her to do because she didn't agree with him......overall, I just came away feeling inspired. I didn't realise how much I'd missed that aspect in movies - particularly superhero movies - until I saw Diana doing it.
The feeling's indescribable.

I cried so much during this film. Whether it's the heartbreaking, unjust deaths of certain people at the hands of the bad guys, or simply Diana taking down the enemy and the ladies kicking butt, it's exhilarating. I sobbed so much.
I also appreciate how the darkness is real. Jenkins doesn't sugar-coat the horrors of the war, and to see the wounded men and feel uncomfortable from that is how it should be. A while ago I read an interview with Jenkins where she said something along the lines of making sure the very real suffering of the soldiers and the horrors of war are exposed to the viewers - and yes, she succeeds with that.

The story is beautiful. It's fast paced, heart-warming, and as lovable as it is gut-wrenching. I love the rich feminist undertones, and I love the real heart and soul invested in the film. There's so much energy on screen it's hard not to enjoy yourself.  The passion is infectious.

The action is fantastic. I do think the slow-motion gets too melodramatic at times - especially when I just wanted the fight to get going - so I wish they'd done without that. The fights would've been smoother.
The cinematography is unremarkable. The shots aren't majestic or original, and the lightning is messy and the colours often bland, dull, and grainy.  It's a pity, because the scenes could've been so much more beautiful and effective with the proper attention.

The dialogue is weak and flat. Diana and Steve's banter is amazing (thanks to the actors and characters) but otherwise the conversations are boring, lacking in wit, and frequently cheesy and cliche (Ares' lines during the end fight are extremely cliche). It's so disappointing.
But the humour is great. It lacks real substance or wit, but it springs from the best place: the characters themselves. Diana is lovable as a naive foreigner in the human world, and Steve's frantic reactions to her experiences are deliciously funny and adorable. Again, it's thanks to the actors and characters for the humour, but still - it works and it's fun.

The secondary cast is strong and diverse. Their characters are compelling, and I love the different strengths that come through.
As for Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, their chemistry is one of the best things about the movie. It's so effortless and genuine, making them a ship that I couldn't help but fall in love with. The warmth of their relationship off-screen translates to a gorgeous dynamic in the movie and it's wonderful.
Chris Pine is an excellent actor. He's so down-to-earth and utterly perfect in the role of Steve, and I loved every second of his performance. Just like Diana, Steve's a hero - equally as inspiring, and just as strong and likeable a character.

I don't think Gal Gadot is a good actress. And I know that's a very unpopular opinion, so I feel terrible admitting that! But while she doesn't act brilliantly, her enthusiasm, energy, and purity of heart is infectious. She's not a great actress, but she makes Diana a person - a relatable woman we can love. She's not a sex symbol badass, she's a real woman. That's what she feels like to me. That's one of the reasons she inspires me so much.

Wonder Woman is a beautiful movie with gorgeous chemistry between its leads, razor-sharp action sequences, and an empowering message for all females. The film lacks good dialogue, good cinematography, and an excellent actress in the title role, but it's still a wonderful movie that gives the film industry's superhero genre the heroine every girl deserves.  


  1. Everything you've said is basically what I've heard about this movie. Everyone I know said they left the theater sobbing. I need to watch it ASAP!

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  2. I'm one of the few who isn't greatly excited by the thought of this film! There has been so much hype around it and I just am not that keen to see it!

  3. I still haven't seen this... gah. I was so pumped, but then a number of trusted friends that have very similar tastes as me have said the sammmme things.

  4. I really enjoy this film, great review :)