You might recall that last summer some of us in the film criticism business were charged with having our knives out for Suicide Squad and other DC Extended Universe films because we’re just haters, or we’re being paid off by Marvel, or whatever… So it will be interesting to see what the critic critics will say when they see this: Wonder Woman is a critical success! The superheroine movie, which opens this Thursday night, has already got film writers excited with what seems like an overwhelming endorsement of the latest DCEU film. So what is the press saying about Wonder Woman? We’ve got some examples below.
“It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero,” wrote Variety. “Never prone to stewing in solitude, and taking more notes from Richard Donner than from Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness — boisterous, earnest, sometimes sloppy, yet consistently entertaining — with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way.”
The Wrap also had praise for Wonder Woman’s leading lady. “Gadot mixes ancient wisdom and gravitas with the delight and, yes, wonder of someone trying ice cream for the first time, and [Chris] Pine takes the generally thankless role of Steve Trevor and imbues him with both a sense of duty and a sense of humour,” they said.
The sites that cater to fan culture are just as florid in their appraisal. “There aren’t many superhero movies better than Wonder Woman,” said Crave. “Patty Jenkins’ film gives audiences a hero to look up to, a moral standard to which we should all aspire, and she does this by making a film which sets its own standards. This is adventure. This is powerful. This is wonder.”
In their 7.9 out of 10 review, IGN was also impressed by the film, despite what they call a problematic third act. “Wonder Woman is leaps and bounds above the other three entries in the DCEU. With a dramatic setting, a few entertaining action scenes, and a strong supporting cast all working together to tell an inspirational Hero’s Journey, it more than offsets some occasionally uneven acting on Gadot’s part and some shaky technical aspects,” they write. “Overall, Wonder Woman is a win because it successfully tells the story of a woman taking on a war-torn world with the power of love. What’s more heroic than that?”
“Wonder Woman is as much about a superhero rising as it is about a world deserving of her, and Diana’s hard-won insistence on battling for humanity (no matter how frequently they disappoint) adds the kind of gravitas and emotion that establishes it as the very best film the DCEU has made yet,” said IndieWire in its A- review. “There’s only one word for it: wonderful.”
There are, however, still a few skeptics. “Like many people out there, I had no shortage of excitement and goodwill towards this female-led superhero project, but in the event it’s plagued by the same problems that dragged down previous visits to the DC movie world: over-earnestness, bludgeoning special effects, and a messy, often wildly implausible plot,” wrote The Guardian. “What promised to be a glass-ceiling-smashing blockbuster actually looks more like a future camp classic.
Presently, Wonder Woman is certified fresh with 97 per cent approval on Rotten Tomatoes. That may come down some as more and more reviews are published as the week rolls on, but it seems like we definitely have a winner here.
You can see for yourself when Wonder Woman is in theatres everywhere this Friday.
Source: Comic Book Movie