I’m not really a fan of superhero movies. I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them. I remember people telling me when The Avengers was released in 2013, that it was the best film ever made. OK, I thought, now I’m intrigued. Well, that intrigue lasted about five minutes into the movie before I was ready to turn it off and go to bed. The cliches were running thick and fast, and quite frankly, I was bored as a result.
Fast forward to 2017 and now I’m hearing nothing but great reviews about the new Wonder Woman movie. Even though I’m not into that genre, I really did love the tv show when I was younger. I loved that there was a beautiful brunette on tv at a time when everyone on tv was blonde and I wasn’t, she was a strong woman that could look after herself, her outfit was awesome – those wrist cuffs, and lastly, but definitely not least, that golden lasso that forced the truth out of the captured – I think the beauty of this is self explanatory.
I went into the movie with low expectations, so as not to be disappointed. My verdict? I loved it. The cliches were kept to a minimum, and everything I loved about the original tv show was beautifully translated to film all these years later. I felt the message was on point. Diana was both strong and empathetic. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was perfectly cast, with her accent giving Wonder Woman the mystique befitting a demigoddess from a far away magical island. Girl power at it’s best.
Unlike Bold, I’m a big fan of the Marvel and DC movies. I love a superhero, especially a sarcastic one, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy has to be one of my all time favourites. So I’m surprised to find that I’m slightly unsure of how I felt about Wonder Woman. Perhaps after having sat through so many of these films, I’m starting to tire of the big dramatic finale fight scenes that are inevitable. For those sheltered people unaware of what I’m talking about they go like this…
Bad Guy – ‘You are weak, I shall destroy you.’
Good Guy – ‘No, I will stand and defend these weak earthlings because that’s how I roll’
Bad Guy proceeds to smash the bejeezus out of the good guy. Good guy lies on ground looking done for.
Bad Guy – ‘You are pathetic, like the humans you defend’
Good guy looks across the battle field to see a loved one or group of friends suffering, and finds the power within them to get up and start smashing the bad guy like they should’ve bloody done in the first place.
Bad guy is shocked, where did this come from, oh no I am no match. How could it have happened like this. Bad guy is dead.
I still enjoyed the film though. I think I spent 2 hours drooling over Gal Gadot. She’s gorgeous and that has got to be the best super hero outfit yet. I was most curious how they were going to make the outfit look. I hoped it wouldn’t be all boobs and butt like you see in video game versions of women (see below).
I also really liked the way it shined a light on the complex rules and behaviours that people live by, that to an outsider not aware of any of it would find baffling. Things like, why a woman should not be in the war room, and why we dress the way we do when it’s totally inappropriate for fighting bad guys!
I just wish, that at the end, she didn’t have to fight a heavily mustached Remus Lupin. I mean that’s a bad casting pick for the most vengeful war mongering god, don’t you think?
I would have gone with Sirius Black myself.