Saw “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” back-to-back, and what a great time. Best films of the summer so far, even better than “Kong: Skull Island,” the clunkers for me being “King Arthur,” “Power Rangers,” & “Pirates”? And that leaves the so-so (based on the trailers) remainders of “Alien Covenant,” "Spider Man," & “The Mummy.” (I can’t wait for “Pacific Rim 2” next year.)
“GG 2” was simply flawless -- fixing the often undermotivated violence & swearing of the first film -- so let me instead share an informative, fast review of “Wonder Woman.”
So, here’s where I take 8 points from “Wonder Woman” -- still leaving a 92 for an A–, or 4.6 stars.
The biggest drag is the Amazonian island, which after several generations since the character’s creation, still feels forced and a bit phoney. Worst is young Diana Prince falling from a balcony with an awkward rotoscope. But I’d guess that shot was partly the fault of the 3-d aesthetic, which otherwise is amazing throughout, especially during the fight scenes. – 5 of 100 points.
Also early on is an awkwardly animated “birth of the gods” which is not even done as well as “Percy Jackson” or “HellBoy 2” and feels kinda cheap like “Lady in the Water.” – 2 of 100 points.
Lastly, Chris Pine’s multi-colored hairdoo looks so vain and out-of-place, it threatens the period realism every time it’s shown in full light, lol. He’s good in his role though. – 1 of 100 points.
I also want to share the hilarious commentary of the three grade-school-aged girls in the row behind me. It was both like “Mystery Science Theater 3000” with humans rather that robot-puppets, and also shows that the current trend to dumb things down is nonsense. These kids were about ages 5 through 7, and caught every point just fine.
“I’m SO excited....so that’s where the gods and people came from....wow, she’s strong....and brave....her dress is pretty....her shield is magic, and her whip too ....[tons of musical laughs] they’re not going to kiss? Oh no I can’t watch!....haha, she’s gonna steal her dress....scary, wow!....don’t leave your sword stuck in the ground....Neato! Loved it! Hooray.”
And that my friends, is how you make a summer blockbuster for kids from 5 to 95. And the themes of love and faith are exquisitely done too, which you rarely get from any film, let alone one based on a comic book. Bravo, DC, now let’s make the next ones this good.
4.6 of 5 stars.
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