Wonder Woman movie review

Saw the new Wonder Woman movie yesterday and loved it! Here’s my review I just posted at Rotten Tomatoes (I think it’s funny that the 2 ‘smiley faces’ in the text have come up on the Rotten Tomatoes website as question marks! 🙂 ):

I watched Wonder Woman yesterday at our local newly refurbed cinema. I was chuffed to bits to see it with my 9 year old daughter and my wife, both proudly wearing their Wonder Woman T-shirts… I had a Batman T-shirt on, but only due to my limited wardrobe! 🙂 Both my wife and daughter enjoyed the heck out of this movie. My daughter had her hoodie to hide behind for overly violent or smoochy scenes, and obviously parents have to consider the age and understanding levels of their own child as to whether this is an appropriate movie for them. I’m so pleased my daughter went to see it yesterday… not only as she made a new friend (another 9 year old girl on the same row!) but also as there are SO many awesome and inspiring moments and scenes! The movie plays to its themes brilliantly. Gal Gadot is just fantastic as Wonder Woman, giving a wonderfully nuanced performance with a lot of depth, and the chemistry between her and Chris Pine is spot on. I love it that this version of Steve Trevor is really respectful to Diana. He’s a proper gent, not like the version in the animated movie. Also, Chris Pine gives a really subtle performance at times, and his final scene in the movie is really emotional. The whole cast is solid, and the setting in the First World War enables some important themes about women’s rights to be highlighted… Especially important given recent events in our society. I hope Lucy Davis gets lots more moments to shine as Etta Candy in subsequent Wondy outings. I also thought the bookending with the scenes in Diana’s office in Paris were great, as they worked well to keep continuity with the DCEU and the build up to Justice League. I’m pleased they didn’t try to ‘crow-bar’ in a Steppenwolf scene at the end as, in my opinion, the Wonder Woman movie is so awesome and important it should stand ‘on its own’. And it does. This movie surely puts to rest the age old b.s. that female super heroes can’t ‘carry’ their own movie/franchise. I think this is one of the BEST superhero movies ever made…. (and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most of them). Sure the CGI slugfest at the end (no-names=no-spoilers) was, for me, one of the weaker parts of the whole recipe, but to offset that we have the battle in the village, which is one of the best superhero fight scenes/set pieces I’ve seen, and in the context of a hero who’s primary goal is PEACE. Awesomeness with a capital A & a 95% rating from me. I may need to get me a Wonder Woman T-shirt! 🙂

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