So, I’ve gone and seen movies on my own before. My first experience was Jurassic World, back in summer of 2015. I did it again when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (review pending). That said, I am used to walking into a movie theater on my own to see a movie.
But, when the movie in question is Wonder Woman…
The thought didn’t cross my mind until I was standing in the line to get my ticket, and I realized that I was the only guy going alone. And almost every group had a one girl with them.
I went to see Wonder Woman on Sunday, and it was pretty good. I won’t say it’s my favorite superhero movie—I won’t even say it’s my favorite DC superhero movie—but it is up in my top ten.
And, I’m going to put a SPOILER ALERT right here, because one of the big things I was impressed with happened in the third act. So, if you haven’t seen it, it’s good, go see it.
If you have…
Wonder Woman focuses mainly around the title character, who goes by Diana of Themyscira daughter of Hyppolyta for most of the movie, on her quest to track down Ares, the last surviving Olympian god, and kill him. To do so, she ends up running around the trenches and battlefields of World War I looking for him. Diana operates under the assumption that he’s manipulating the Germans, because they are producing superweapons.
When she reaches the final battle with him—and actually finds him—she learns that he’s been manipulating the British/Allied forces too. The two armies came up with the super-destructive weapons on their own because humans are generally evil.
I thought this was an interesting takeaway. Especially for a superhero movie, wherein humans are generally played as neutral, if not wholly good. Here, they’re shown to be bad, if not sinister. Even Diana’s motley crew is made up of—by their own admission—liars, smugglers, thieves, and murderers.
So, I commend DC for being able to do a good job with a movie about Wonder Woman. Knowing that Marvel’s going to be close behind with one of their own female superheroes, I’m curious to see what comes.
Hopefully, a Black Widow movie.
Other things I liked: this may be just me and my opinions, but it didn’t feel like they over-sexualized any of the female characters. I was quite impressed with it. The fight scenes are well-paced, and the action is good. The Act III plot twist was impressive—I almost didn’t see it coming.
Things I didn’t like: the relationship between Diana and Steve felt awkward rather than romantic, when it felt like the writers were pushing for romantic. And while the Act III plot twist kept me interested, it still felt like it dragged on. And on. And on…