It’s time for the lasso of truth! I am back from a long vacation and adventure in moving to a new house and I’m ready to start my reviews again. Be wary, it’ll still take a little time to get back to the way things were before, like with the monthly and weekly themes, but in the meantime, I have still been watching and rating films, starting with the next addition in the DCEU, Wonder Woman. I hear the folks at DC say this is an unofficial title for the universe…but it’s still clearly a universe, so we’ll keep calling it that. For a long time, people have been calling this movie the best movie in the universe as well as best superhero film of the year…really? Well, I guess I’ll just have to check it out to confirm or deny these claims. Let’s get into it!
“Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.” – IMDb
Well, is it the “best superhero film of the year”? No. I currently consider Spider-Man: Homecoming to fill that slot, but is it the best film in the DCEU? No, I’m afraid I liked Suicide Squad the best so far. In fact, at 81%, Wonder Woman is technically my lowest rated film in the universe. That being said, it wouldn’t hurt if I re-rated them all with my current rating scale to make sure on the accuracy. No matter what, I still consider this movie to still be good in general, but there were a few things I didn’t really care for. I didn’t really like the decision to use slow motion and fast motion for all of the action. None of the action was done at a normal speed…and I got tired of that after a while. Another thing that annoyed me was the time period – WWII, like in Captain America: The First Avenger, another movie where the time period annoyed me. That era can almost never pull me in – so I’m always a little out of it when watching…that being said, I do think this was better than Captain America.
These were just my first impressions though, let’s go ahead and break down Wonder Woman to interpret the stars!
PEOPLE SCORE – 6/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 1
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. The characters were fine, but I won’t be remembering them forever, other than maybe the two leads. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. Absolutely every character in this film seemingly had an important role adding to the direction of the plot. They had a reason, they had a purpose, they had a history, and I love it. As far as the chemistry goes in this film, there wasn’t much of it. While it was fine, no one really cares about the relationships in this film.
WRITING SCORE – 9/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 2|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue subcategory…which was as unremarkable and forgettable as the meal you had last Tuesday afternoon. I would certainly say that the film is very well-balanced and consistently holds a strong focus on the story at hand. When it comes to the story, this film knows what it’s doing. Not only is the story alone interesting, but it sticks with you because it has meaning and purpose. In my opinion, I also think this film feels fresh and pretty darn original. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.
BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 2
Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, either, folks. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as-advertised, which is good. The music in this film is pretty fantastic. So good, in fact, that I really wouldn’t mind listening to a soundtrack of the film just to hear them again. Yep, yep, yep!
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 9/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1
Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Alright, so how was the falling action? Well, it started to calm things down a little bit, but other than that, not the best. You never get the sensation that they are returning to a new norm, so it’s not a complete falling action.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 5/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impusle/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 1
Next up, we’re asking if this film is any good to be considered entertaining when all is said and done. First up, we ask if it is rewatchable, to which I say…yes! I would have no issues checking out this movie again! Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Maybe in certain parts, but definitely not throughout.
SPECIALTY SCORE – 45/50
Title Specific – 10|Universe – 10|Action – 5|Adventure – 10|Halfway Decent – 10
Onto the specialty category. First up, we’re going to look at the title, how is this as a Wonder Woman tale? I’ll admit that I don’t know too much about Wonder Woman…just the basics, which this seems to imply – it did what it needed to do to assure me on who this is, full points. How well does it fit into the universe? Well, given how she showed up in Batman v. Superman, extremely well. If she hadn’t, it would feel awfully strange. Next, how was the action? As I pointed out earlier, I wasn’t a fan on how they edited it together – there was definitely a ton of action and all, but I just didn’t care for how they did it – half points. How was the adventure aspect? There was certainly enough of that to warrant full points. Finally, was it halfway decent? Indeed.