Wonder Woman (2017) (Film Review)

wonder-woman-final-posterTitle: Wonder Woman
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography: Matthew Jensen
Edited: Martin Walsh
Production Companies: DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Superhero, Fantasy, Action, War
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rating: Rated PG 13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Running Time: 141 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased by my boyfriend from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis:Β Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

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– TRAILER –

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– MY REVIEW –

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Ever since the teaser trailer came out for this movie (sometime last year), I’d been very eager to see this movie. I’m not the greatest fan of superhero movies, but I do really enjoy them when I watch them. They’re just not the type of movies I would watch on my own, if that makes sense. As more and more trailers for this movie were released, however, I found myself becoming more and more eager to watch the full film! We have so many movies about male super heroes, and while those are great too (I love you, Iron Man and Captain America!) it’s quite rare to have any movies which solely focus on a female superhero. Also, this article perfectly expresses how I feel about all previous female superhero films up to this point.

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While I was abroad for nearly a month, I managed to get away from the trailers, but still saw posters and other advertisements about the movie everywhere (especially in Seoul, South Korea)! Luckily, the movie did not come out while I was abroad, but two days after I returned to Canada. And this was lucky because I had promised my boyfriend that I would watch it with him when I got back, and I’m not sure if I could have said “no” if my friends would have wanted to watch it while we were in Korea (yes, I’m a horrible girlfriend, I know!)

But back to the movie itself. We managed to get some very good seats for the Tuesday after the movie was released (mainly because I was too jet lagged to make it through a late movie on any days before then, and because we try to avoid the weekend craziness at the theater). And then we were finally watching it!

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From the moment the film started rolling (or I suppose, the file started playing), Wonder Woman had my full attention. I’ve never read any of the DC or Marvel comics, and therefore have no previous knowledge about any of the characters before watching the films. Wonder Woman was no different, and I was very eager to find out more about Diana’s backstory! I remember being so enraptured, that I even got annoyed with my boyfriend for breaking my concentration when he offered me a marshmallow strawberry (and I love those!) I almost went all Amazon on him (poor guy).

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The score for this film was absolutely fantastic, and the cinematography was stellar! I am also quite happy with the casting, and am a big fan of Gal Gadot (because I do not find her typically pretty, but rather striking, and I like that she was not another stick figure in a tasteless, sexualized costume). I found all of Diana’s outfits to be tasteful, and also found her body shape to be one which girls and women can realistically strive to achieve. Gal Gadot looks strong and healthy as Wonder Woman, and this made me incredibly happy, not only because it had a positive influence on me, but also because of the positive influence it would project onto girls which are younger, and much more impressionable.

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Diana, while physically powerful, was also very endearingly naive in this origins film, which is something that I found to be refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable for a number of reasons. Character interaction (with or without Diana) was also great. The characters and their interactions were believable, and interesting to watch. And when it came to conflict or fight scenes, I found that I could not look away. The comic elements were also quite great, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably with the rest of the audience numerous times!

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And now I will discuss why my rating for this film is missing half a star (or I suppose, half a husky). There was a particular part in the film (and I cannot specify which one without spoiling anything, so I shall refrain), which I found to be a little awkward, and harder to believe. I found myself pulled out of the film at this point, simply due to how awkward I found it to be (I’m sorry I can’t think of another word to describe it). It just really stuck out for me, and I am not sure if this happened because of a change in style, something to do with editing, or maybe because I was simply getting tired. The ending of the film felt normal enough, though, so I doubt that my need for sleep had anything to do with it. To be entirely sure, I suppose I will just have to go re-watch the film though!

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Re-watching it was my plan even before coming to this realization, however, as the film had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Wonder Woman did not only have a hold over my eyes, but also my heart, and although it left my heart in shambles, I know that I will be re-watching it quite a bit over the years to come! Hopefully I can also catch it in theaters one more time! Though this shouldn’t be a problem, since I think that it will be playing on screens, aweing audiences, for quite some time.

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IMAGES ARE NOT MADE OR OWNED BY ME! THANK YOU FOR READING MY FILM REVIEW! HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MOVIE, AND IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO WATCH IT? PLANNING NOT TO WATCH IT? WHY? I’M VERY CURIOUS, SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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19 thoughts on “Wonder Woman (2017) (Film Review)

    • Flavia says:

      I actually didn’t even notice the length of it while I was watching it. I would have liked if they’d given us another hour of awesomeness! Thanks so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

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    • Flavia says:

      Yeah, 1.5 is pretty good. But as I mentioned in the comment above, it did not feel like a 2+ hour movie to me, because I was really enjoying myself πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  1. alilovesbooks says:

    Great review. I absolutely loved this film and for some reason found it a really emotional watch. Think I cried about half a dozen times. Like you it may have been tiredness but I think it would have been the same whenever. Casting was perfection and I will no doubt watch this multiple times.

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    • Flavia says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot πŸ™‚

      Also, I am glad that you loved this movie too, and that I wasn’t the only one who felt emotional while watching it! I’m also super happy that we both liked it enough to rewatch it multiple times! Yay!

      Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment! πŸ˜€

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  2. Ryann the Reader says:

    I loved the movie! I think one of the things that really struck me was that, yes, Diana was obviously strong and fierce, she’d have to be to become Wonder Woman, but she was also kind and vulnerable and compassionate and all sorts of things.

    It wasn’t just another Strong Female Character movie, Diana is a character girls can look up to for her more traditionally feminine qualities as well as her fierceness

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    • Flavia says:

      So glad that you loved it too! And your comment expresses what I was trying to say more effectively than my entire review, hahaha. I’m so happy that we agree though, because apparently there has been some backlash (although I haven’t cared to go check what people are pissed off about this time, haha).

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! πŸ˜€

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  3. waiyeed says:

    I really enjoyed Wonder Woman too! I think I know which awkward part you’re referring to… I also wrote about my thoughts on this film and how I didn’t like one particular story arc as well hahahaha! But definitely looking forward for subsequent installments of the Wonder Woman/Justice League franchise!

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    • Flavia says:

      Yaaaay glad to hear that you really liked it too! It’ been getting some hate for sure. And I’ll definitely have to read your review as well πŸ˜‰ Yeah it’s hard to talk about the awkward part without giving details…because spoilers, haha. And yesss I’m looking forward to more Wonder Woman! I like Superman too, although I’m not the biggest fan of Affleck Batman lol

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  4. Rissi says:

    So agree with you in what you say about Diana being endearingly naive. That is part of this film’s charm as is the way Steve tries to protect her from this aspect of the world. I love this about him as a character and yet appreciate that he understands Diana can take care of herself in terms of the battle field. Love the score and the comedy.

    Your words about this breaking our hearts is true. And yet because we love this character, we’ll be sure to watch it over and over again. For me (who tends to be more of a Marvel girl), this is probably DC’s best adaptation.

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    • Flavia says:

      I agree! Diana and Steve’s relationship was so great. It brings tears to my eyes even now. And yes, I can’t believe I forgot to mention the score. So good. The comedy as well.

      Also, I agree. I’ll be re-watching this movie quite a bit over the next few years, even if it will break my heart all over again, every single time. Being more of a Marvel girl myself, I agree that this is DC’s best adaptation so far as well!

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