Wonder Woman is an everyday topic in the office for many reasons. At this point I’ve read dozens of articles about the film, and I still can’t scroll past the front page of Variety or The Hollywood Reporter without seeing at least a few mentions of Wonder Woman. Having now finally seen the film, I now understand what everyone’s been clamoring about.
There’s so much to say about Wonder Woman. There’s the movie itself, its implications for the DC Extended Universe, and (probably most importantly) its impact on Hollywood and its future. Wonder Woman may very well be the most important movie of the year. It’s not perfect, it’s certainly not the best, but I find it hard to imagine another movie in the near future that will have such a cultural, social, and Hollywood-wide impact. And to be clear, it’s a damn good movie.
I will do the film appropriate justice in a longer post in the coming days, but for now, here are a few (spoiler-free) first impressions:
- Wonder Woman is a straight up bad-ass. I started tearing up watching her in battle for the first time. Embarrassing but true.
- Gal Gadot nails her role on a level comparable to Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.
- Arguably the first DC Extended Universe film where the biggest joke isn’t the storyline.
- A smart movie with a simple plot. And that gives Wonder Woman room to shine.
- But Steve Trevor shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s a well-written, well-acted, well above average character.
- The love story is surprisingly emotional and well-done, from beginning to end. Maybe the best superhero romance I’ve seen.
- Finally, a superhero film where the heroine isn’t relegated to dirty side-plot work (looking at you, Black Widow).
- A woman leads the charge, calls the shots, and delivers. How many other blockbusters have you seen where this happens?
- Wonder Woman doesn’t rewrite the superhero formula or steer clear of well-worn clichés, but it’s a thoroughly well-produced, entertaining, heartfelt movie that nails what it needs to.
- Easily the best film the DC Extended Universe offers (admittedly an unimpressive accomplishment).
- Watch this movie ASAP.