I’ll be honest, when my brother suggested this movie, I wasn’t that interested in seeing it for a number of reasons, chiefest being that th...

Wonder Woman: Review + Fangirling

I’ll be honest, when my brother suggested this movie, I wasn’t that interested in seeing it for a number of reasons, chiefest being that the Wonder Woman story simply did not interest me. From what I had seen of a cartoon as a kid, she came from a community of female warriors who hated guys and whose leader/mom was a bit... mean. Not something I cared to see on the big screen. Also, TBH, I’ve always been super irritated by some of her outfits, because like is she seriously supposed to fight people in that and not die.

But this, Wonder Woman, though, this Wonder Woman was epic.

Like I said in my Monday post, it’s not my favorite superhero movie, but still, it was so good. The fight scenes were incredible, the story was intriguing from beginning to end, the acting was utterly convincing with zero weak parts, and the characters. Oh those characters, they were marvelous. I don’t even have words, they were just… they were ahhhhhh. Some of the journey was admittedly predictable, but the entire cast of good guys was so amazingly fleshed out and well-portrayed that I actually cared about each of them for their own reasons. They had ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses, moments of vulnerability that made them all human. I was impressed that they took the time to do that in a movie so big and blockbuster: to make each and every character have their own story, carry importance to the main story, and have their own moments to shine.

Now of course, we must talk. about Wonder Woman herself.
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SHE WAS SO EPIC THOUGH AND I JUST WANT TO BE HER WITH MY LIFE BECAUSE SHE IS LIT THE COOLEST.

Her fight scenes—and those of the other Amazons—were some of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Even though her character journey was predictable in places, it was executed so well, and even took a couple of twists that surprised me. She was innocent about some things, but she was also smart and strong, both physically and as a character. She was… nuanced. Even before she had to see the world for what it really was, there was far more to her than you’d originally think, and that made her journey all the more different and all the more interesting to follow.

Also, I liked Steve. Steve was a good fellow, and I kinda liked them together. When they were on the same page (which did take a little doing), they were a brilliant team.
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There were only two things about the movie I didn’t like, and even those aren’t necessarily “This makes it a bad movie” kind of critiques, but more like “These are my personal preferences that it didn’t meet and that’s okay.”

The first was the villains. I’m trying to make this as spoiler-free as possible, so I’ll just say that I thought their back stories, plot points, journeys, motivations, and general characterization could’ve been fleshed out a lot more than they were. It didn’t have to be and maybe that wouldn’t have fit with the movie the studio was trying to make, but I would’ve liked to see a lot more reason for all of the bad guys.

The second thing is that Wonder Woman was pretty dark. I hear that’s a DC thing and I know that’s a style of entertainment some people enjoy. I don’t--or at least not the way it was done here. I appreciated the humor that they did put in, but ultimately, I prefer the Marvel style of dealing with darkness: with more than enough light shining through to overwhelm the dark and give you hope for the end. Honestly, for certain parts of Wonder Woman, I was left wondering what was the point of it all.

All-in-all though, I do think it was a great movie. Not my personal favorite, but worth the hype.

So… have you seen Wonder Woman? What’d you think and how’d you feel about it? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!



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7 comments:

  1. I LOVED Wonder Woman. It was so good. <3 I agree with you that it was dark, but I honestly really liked it - except for those two little slightly inappropriate scenes that were kind of awkward. But you know XD

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  2. I've heard SO MANY good things about this movie, and now I really want to watch it! Is it just me, or is her costume less sexy than in the animated/comic things? (I literally know nothing about them so I can't really say). Also, I'm with you for dark books and movies. I know some people like them, but they kind of... depress me? I prefer things that are a bit more hopeful.

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  3. I still haven't seen it! It sounds so good.

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  4. I still need to see this - ugh. But your review is amazing :)

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  5. I also went to Wonder Woman expecting not to like it, but ended up really enjoying it. I thought it achieved a good balance of light and dark (I like a story that makes me genuinely afraid for the protagonist at one or more points), unlike many of the other DC movies. I think I was most intrigued by the portrayal of what is/where does evil come from and the idea of the world not deserving a hero. Glad you enjoyed the movie!

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  6. I haven't seen the movie yet. I thought I'd wait until a hot August afternoon, then dip into an air conditioned theater to see what this movie was all about. What I really would like is to wear what Wonder Woman wears. Now that's an outfit!

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  7. I watched Wonder Woman last month, I believe. I definitely agree with liking the humor Marvel adds on to their movies (have you watched Spider-Man yet? I cracked up way too often). But I did enjoy WW too!

    I LOVED Steve's character, probably more than Wonder Woman herself. I love characters that are willing to sacrifice themselves, but also think through everything before rushing into something. They know the plan, and they stick to it. Which is one of the things I did not like about Wonder Woman herself, her inability to think something through before starting it. But I did like her too!

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