Wonder Woman Review

Inconceivable it may be, Wonder Woman is the best of a bad bunch. Still rotten to its core, the DC filmmaking inexperience surely insurmountable. Their staggering inability to provide something unique and at the same time keep up with the efforts of all the other cinematic universes now making the rounds is a collaboration of poor ideas and shoddy producers looking for what the teenagers of tomorrow will enjoy. Considering this, it is no surprise that the DC Extended Universe cavalcade finds its greys and browns and tonal nonexistence to be a sham and a farce. Wonder Woman presents that well, in an era of colours and shtick, candy-stuffed, headache-inducing guff, DC follows the thought process of grim and gritty storytelling as often as it can.  

For every moment of interesting spectacle or action, there are double the amount of unnecessary character drives or forced heroism. Wonder Woman is a sickly look at the heroes of war, and it does little to respect or consider the atrocities of the First World War. Nobody should expect it to, one thread superhero films have in common is a poor grasp of real events, and a narrative that can never bring any true emotion into the mix. Portrayals of war and the many leading faces of it are only here to amalgamate camaraderie, a forced, expressionless series of events that sees stereotypes come together to beat the villainous Germans. Wonder Woman conveys itself with little conviction, and even less respect for anyone actively involved.  

As Wonder Woman drones on, it is evident that the leading lass hasn’t the acting chops we first thought she had. Who could’ve thought the star of Keeping Up with the Joneses and Knight and Day would be so boring? She is not an interesting performer to watch, her conviction to the role matched only by the meandering boredom presented by David Thewlis and the screams of pain emitting from Danny Huston. Still, with such strong characters, surely someone or something positive will come from this mess. Ewen Bremner is always a nice bag for such superhero vitriol, and although his role is a small one, it is Bremner who makes the most of his time on-screen, playing up the idea that Spud from Trainspotting is now trapped in a First World War simulator.  

When your attention wavers and you capture mere glimpses of the potential on display, Wonder Woman is rather palatable. Is this the post-feminist surge that initial reviews earmarked it for? It’s not my position to say, although it is rather underwhelming to think that this would be the flagbearer of such a movement. Especially when, looking at the year of film Wonder Woman found itself in, the likes of Atomic BlondeThe Wife, and I, Tonya were ripe for the picking. No, evidently not. Superheroes are somewhat engaging, simplistic and, most crucial of all, marketable. A product that will erode and reveal its true self, a bland, action-packed mess penned by the man who sapped all the fun out of Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman. Zack Snyder has done it again, by God.  

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