In the dark, dreary world of superhero blockbusters, it’s about time Warner Bros. got it right!!!
And who would’ve guessed in the overcrowded boys club that is the superhero genre, it would be the female-led, female-directed Wonder Woman to hit the sweet spot of kick-assery and humanity in the DC Comics Extended Universe.
That’s what the critics took away from Patty Jenkins‘ glorious film, which kicks off Gal Gadot‘s heroic AF origin story as the anti-war demigoddess, Diana of Themyscira.
While the action-packed film is an Amazonian departure from the cheesy ├óΓé¼╦£70s TV series starring Lynda Carter, critics praised Wonder Woman for balancing feminism, romance (hello, Chris Pine!), humor, and gory battle scenes in a (mostly) cohesive two-and-a-half-hour epic.
Unlike the recent films of her DC peers Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman’s origin story brings back the feel-good superhero movie with an outstanding lead, a playful world, and a timely enemy to defeat: the God of War.
Ch-ch-check out the overwhelmingly positive reviews in our roundup (below) — and VOTE if you’ll be seeing Wonder Woman in theaters Friday!
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: “Wonder Woman is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be. How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”
Andrew Barker, Variety: “Wonder Woman is the first major studio superhero film directed by a woman, and it shows in a number of subtle, yet important ways. As skimpy as Gadot’s outfits may get, for example, Jenkins’ camera never leers or lingers gratuitously ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Diana is always framed as an agent of power, rather than its object.”
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter: “[A]t the center of the film there’s none of the cartoony kitsch of the Lynda Carter TV series. Gadot doesn’t spin like a top to transform from Diana to Wonder Woman ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and her skimpy getup is a more modest and dignified affair than Carter’s cleavage-baring leotard and impractical high heels.”
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: [Director Patty] Jenkins and [writer Allan] Heinberg very cleverly play around with female-character tropes throughout, whether it’s Steve’s reflexive attempts to shield Diana from gunfire (only to be rescued by her famous bullet-deflecting bracelets) or the trying-on-clothes montage (in which Diana rejects any number of 1918 London’s dress options, since they don’t allow her to do windmill kicks.)”
Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed: “Diana, with her fantastical Hellenic backstory, has less explicitly patriotic roots than the military-created Captain America, but in Wonder Woman she serves as an affecting riff on American ideology anyway: She’s a well-intended but naive interventionist, an outsider crashing into a political quagmire she doesn’t really understand but is certain she can fix anyway, sure the solution is as simple as the correct baddie getting killed off.”
Cath Clarke, Time Out: “Unlike Batman, Wonder Woman is not plagued by doomy angst. She’s good and kind, with a strong moral compass. A complex female character? Not exactly. But Gadot (who is ex-army and knows her way round a fight sequence) never lets her become bland and simpering. Though she is very nearly outstaged by [Elena] Anaya as Doctor Poison: with her mask and haunted expression that suggests a twisted, blackened soul, they should hire for the Anaya next Bond film.”
Kelly Lawler, USA Today: “It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity… Wonder Woman is the best movie Marvel rival DC Comics has put out in its own cinematic universe, and unlike the recent parade of bleak superhero tales from both studios, it makes you feel good while you watch it.”
[Image via Warner Bros.]