DC's most iconic womanly protagonist finally gets a proper introduction!
I watched the animated variant of this film a while ago, and though this was on a whole other level in terms of realism and greatness... I think I liked that version better. Gal Gadot makes a great Diana, Chris Pine a great sidekick/companion/sacrifice, and though the pace isn't all as great as the animated counterpart it does stay intense all the way... but it doesn't have the same oomph as the other. Or... something? I'll dig deeper below.
It starts with myth, with the battle of Gods that birthed her and her kind, the Amazons - a land of women, and Diana as an overprotected little girl. There's a hint she might be more than she knows at this point too.
Tor plays a small part here, and if he hadn't before, creates a conflict with the Marvel interpretation of said myths. When they both have different alternations on at least one same character a connection between these similar Superhero realms seems difficult to accomplish ... they never said they would, but I was hoping. Parallel dimensions? That'd work. :)
After the Godly intro we jump back to her more recent past, to her all grown up, trained and beautiful, yet unaware of the world outside her Amazonian haven. Then Steve - an American spy with a boatload of Nazis on his tail, flies through the magical veil surrounding the island of Amazons, and crashes there, bringing the war to them.
After saving him - but not without sacrifice, Diana embarks into the world outside the island with her new sidekick on a mission to rid the world of evil, and her introduction there is a bit like when Crocodile Dundee came to New York. Only in a much darker time, and with superpowers.
The could've made that part funnier though. It's entertaining, but they didn't make as much of the cultural clash as they could have, so I suppose they didn't want to brighten the mood too much. Instead they soon embark on a new quest, to find Dr. Maru - a Nazi scientist about to release a horrible venom on the world.
It's a mission Diana believes is to kill the God of War, but Steve tries to convince her is just one more rung on the ladder. It ends with a hopeless moment when she learns the dark truth, but of course she overcomes... much thanks to Steve.
It was a good movie, well-made in every sense, with both action-packed and inspiring moments, and yet it feels like it's missing something to set it apart from the rest. Maybe the potential comedy that went missing with the mission to keep the darker vibes?
It doesn't really have that spark. It's too clean. Too planned. It makes the most of every moment, but never lets relations develop in a spontaneous way, and in that same way the fights all seem planned out, capturing only the essential. You know what's about to happen before it does. It looks cool, but it's like you're just a bystander. Not involved. Not surprised. Not torn with the qualms of the main character, instead just waiting for her to wake up... even if it is sad that certain people die, and all the more so when all seems so detached.
I wonder if it would've been the same if Marvel had made it. I think they'd have used the comedy potential better, and embraced the chaos.
I can't wait to see the next Justice League though. The more the merrier, and maybe it's that there's just one strong personality that makes this movie feel like it does. They need some competition. Some unpredictability. Something to make the action less like a homage to one particular person and more like the adventure it should be, with not just gallantry and glory but character, charisma and continuate chaos! No one's flawless, and I feel this would've been much better if they didn't set out to make this one person seem just that. Even when she goes wrong it's in a way that doesn't make it seem like she's really in the wrong.
I can't put my finger on it but there's just something wrong...
Is it because she seems immortal? That no matter what happens to the world around her she never gets a scratch, either due to her own powers, prowess, or the aura of luck she seems to be surrounded with? It's like she looks at the world omnisciently, and stands beside the battle everyone else is fighting. They add in a human element with Chris, but as I think of this I realize maybe the reason Suicide Squad worked (which was also a DC thing) was because the characters in it were human. Mostly. Here it's the other way around. The human element's underplayed and out of focus, and thus difficult to relate to. It's a different world; difficult to immerse yourself in.
Even Superman had a weakness with which he was sometimes brought to the brink of death, but Wonder Woman never even gets phased. Not physically. Just emotionally. She's choked up a bit, is blemished by dust and dirt, but never severely wounded or in serious danger. Maybe she's just too wonderful and too much of a woman for me to fully comprehend?
It was a great movie, but too flawless? Beautiful, but like a fantasy painting also very unlike the world I know.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle