Wonder Woman: Film Review

The DCEU* finally made a good superhero movie. Yes… seriously!


Writer: Allan Heinberg (Screenplay), Zack Snyder & Jason Fuchs (story), Director: Patty Jenkins , Runtime: 2h21mins, Cast & Crew.

Since Superman: The Movie came out, there has been a small truth to “comic” book movies. Richard Donner is the all-time king for making everyone wait some 45 minutes before even seeing the Boy Scout’s costume, underwear on the outside and all. Patty Jenkins pulls a lot from Donner’s Superman and I’m Thankful she did. Wonder Woman plays as its own beautiful film, all the while homaging Donner’s film, and subtly connecting to the tent pole Film; Justice League.

Right off the start, the film is already different from everything else WB has put out thus far. Right now, 2017, we are in a feminist age. Having a female director telling a woman story was the right move. Not to say that a man couldn’t do it, but women have a softer touch that men often lack. That said, Jenkins, as I don’t know her, seems to really know how to tell a story. It makes me wish she did Thor: The Dark World. Would have been a much better film, I’m sure. The origin of Wonder Woman could have been told visually, and though it is, it’s more orally in the same manner most stories would have been told (in ancient Greek/Roman times). It’s reminiscent of the MCU’s telling of how Peter Parker lost Uncle Ben, minus Robert as Tony Stark. I think that was rather strong use of the medium. Be that writing or direction, it was a smart move.

Mirroring the efforts from Donner’s film was a nice touch for both the pacing, respect of character and giving viewers a sense of familiarity. Gal Godats performance how ever leaves you both intimidated and aroused. I really believed her as Wonder Woman even more than I did in Batman V Superman. It has been said that women were placed on this earth to love man. I can t confirm or deny that so just roll with the idea for a second. Knowing that it’s a darn shame that women haven’t felt the same love from man for countless centuries if you look at history. That said women continue to thrive in their own way. It’s a testament to how strong they really are. They are constantly in a “man’s” world and have to constant fight to be heard and seen for more than just a means for sexual pleasure. That said as Wonder Woman sees humanity at it’s worst in the First World War, she seems to bring with her a light that just refuses to match the overall grey tones on early 1900s London. By the time she steps into being who she will ultimately be, she is sick and tired with how men have treated both themselves and they people around them.

Etta Candy: I’m Steve Trevor’s secretary.
Wonder Woman: What is a secretary?
E.C.: I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do.
W.W.: Where we come from, that’s called slavery.

When She finally debuts herself in costume, without any visual obstacle, it’s simply powerful. As powerful as any introduction a hero can make. She always had a reason to be in the war, but now she gets to defend the defenceless. that scene reminded me very much of that powerful scene in Hidden Figures

Other stand out talents includes, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Lacy Davis. It’s interesting to see Pine act as he may be one dimensional, but it works here. It felt to me as if I was watching Captain Kirk vs. watching Steve Trevor. Robin is just badass. If you seen House of cards, you know that she brings both a remarkable talent and a undeniable sex appeal wrapped in this strong woman demeanour that can’t be ignored. I will gladly watch her in anything. It’s why I watched House of cards for as long as I did. Lucy Davis’ Etta Candy is arguably the great comedic co-star needed for most of these genre films. She’s so good with her timing and delivery, I almost want to see the pending sequel be about Diana and Etta taking on the town.

One of the more appreciated aspects of this film was how they developed the realm of Themyscira. From the fighting to the acting it felt spot on. There was elegance to how they fought yet very effective to what they were capable of. Surely if all the cards in the world were in the right spot, this is how you’d expect women to fight if you never seen one fight before. It was like watching ballet and figure skating as a form of a martial art that I don’t think has been done before in film.

The first half of the movie is great all this considered. Where it gets weird on the viewer is towards the end. I kept asking myself “Why is this happening?”, “What is she doing?” For example:

*SPOILER… ISH*

When she is so fed up with all that Ares has done she goes into the weird orange void and is being as kick ass as she can. I said “What the hell is happening?” at least four times. Also the writing seems to have escaped being reviewed at this point in whatever draft they were working off of. There’s a very silly line from Ares that takes you out of the moment and the legitimacy of his threat. That said, it doesn’t destroy the film just doesn’t make the film look good.

Speaking of looking good, the green screen-ery (new word, roll with it) is rather poor for a film like this. Again, the biggest problems are near the end/ climatic battle. Say what you will about MOS or BVS, but they had great harmony between what was real and what was faked. This is something I hope gets sorted out in later sequels or in later home release.

Something cool to listen out for, when Diana is training, listen to the musical score. As she’s training they play with her theme song and its very teasing in the manner it’s used. its like “Not yet, little grasshopper, but soon” it was a nice touch.

Bottom line: It’s the first film in the DCEU that will certainly be a hit among the hardcore and not so hardcore fans. If you look deeper, you can see why she’s called Wonder Woman. If you just want to eat popcorn and drink soda, you will still leave with a smile either which way. If you have a daughter, take her to see this film. Let her see how awesome women can be

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? If you bought any of the other DCEU films

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”.

Batman v superman: Film Review

The world’s finest have finally managed to be on the big screen together. But was it worth the hype?

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Writers: Chris TerrioDavid S. Goyer Director: Zack Snyder 2h 31min Full Credits.

The two most archetype character of the comic medium are together again for the first time on the big screen but I will come out and say it. It was the the story that was in the making since Reeve and Keaton famously took on the roles of the Man from Krypton, and the Knight Of Gotham. Let’s talk about the Batman first.

Affleck was a great take on Batman. Maybe no so much Bruce. I say that as this is probably the first time we have seen a seasoned Batman who in the film is about 50 years in age (certainly in the senior years of his 40s.) All that being said that aspect was fun. Bust as I said in my TDKR review, it limits a character. However in this film, age may as well be an after thought (more on this in a moment). The interesting thing about this Batman. Why so many love him and would foolishly try to have you believe Batman can actually beat Superman, is because he is a man that had the fountain of determination in his caves under his Mansion. He is simply a guy who experienced trauma and vowed to not let it happen to someone else. He’s as good natured as they come. How that translates to being what was written/being the character Snyder envisioned is beyond me. He felt so bastardized by the end it nearly ruined the character/franchise for me. That said there’s several elements Snyder got right. One was his planning. Batman’s supporters will cry to the death that if given the preparation time, he could best everyone (to which I laugh because plans always go accordingly). This Batman, maybe aside from Bale/Nolan’s Batman, is arguably the most meticulous and efficient we have seen the character and arguably the closest we’ve seen just be a good guy. But how he’s bastardized is simply, his vendetta against Superman is undone by himself for allowing just as much, if not more destruction to happen in a populated city. One sad part was the lack there of the character of Gotham. Yes it’s there. But each time Batman has been on screen small or big, Gotham is so very present to help add to the character. Overall I don’t think he did a superb/amazing job acting wise. But he did no wrong. Jeremy Irons and Affleck’s banter as Alfred and Bruce was a welcomed sight. Very much reminded me of Batman the animated series and that’s shows evolution into Justice League… all this said as much as I love how Batman/Affleck is on screen… Killing and all, it’s just not what I waited three years or most of my life for.

Superman… Say what you want about Man of Steel, minus the stupidity behind the death of Jonathan Kent, the film is rather magnificent in many ways. But it’s easy to lose sight of that as many complained about all the destruction in populated areas. Having said that, you’d think Superman would learn from that. The actual physical comic medium aside, any second chapter for any character is all about learning and growth. I’m not saying he has to be sniper efficient. But just less flinging people around and a little bit more respect for human tax dollars (totally kidding with that last bit). But seriously, where was Superman being a hero? Yes he saves the day, but this was such a personal vendetta story that totally disregards the characters foundations. I didn’t feel like I was watching Superman, felt like I was watching Batman audition for the justice league. I get this isn’t a traditional sequel to M.O.S. but this just felt totally off from its predecessor it. Yes Supes was saving the day, but that connection was missing and then when you get to the end, nothing makes any sense for anyone to be where they are. Supes is the most famous immigrant. He and Metropolis represent the hope many have sought for when leaving their respective homes for another. He is both Jesus and Moses of bible/religious lore. that’s his centre (you can argue it if you wish, but its true). The contrast was missing between the two cities which leads to a very much a missed opportunity. My biggest issue was that he didn’t seem to learn about his destruction from M.O.S., but that one aspect is carried on in the comics.

The story is as weak as they come. Some reading hinted that massive rewrites were done. By massive I mean core villains were swapped which may have made more sense overall if they were left in. With the two bread and butter characters from DC you’d think they’d know the type of characters they had. The meaning they both carry just in name should lead to a great story. The psychology behind them both is something that really should have been explored in levels. i.e. Clark vs Bruce, Bruce Vs Superman, Batman, Vs Clark, culminating in an all out brawl. And yes, one clear winner for the sake of all debates. What we got was some story that didn’t lead to much other than the pending Justice League movie. One thing any director who understands film (as a medium) will tell you is that each scene is set up as a container. When you edit it every container is opened and you either take it as is, or you take moments. This film felt like every container was used but without any logic at all. The scenes have no cohesiveness to them. One minute Bruce is kicking ass the other Lois is saving the day for some reason. Most good movies lead the viewer. Go ahead think of a movie you like bet you the story leads you to the next scene. For this I blame direction. But I don’t wish I had Mr Synder’s job here. Unless it was perfect for everyone it was never gonna be great.

my biggest issue was there was too much of an emphasis on Justice League. the Cameo’s by Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg were so unnecessary to the overall story within its contexts. I saw better fan comments that had better ways to introduce these characters. As cool as both Cyborg and Flashes were they were too much in an already messy film character wise. Lex Luthor is the crazy mad scientist of old which I feel isn’t the right way to go. Having him contrast Superman as a villainous human in many ways like Batman (minus the cowl and cape and the obvious heroics) would have been tad better. Laurence Fishburne was more comfortable looking as the Chief, Perry White. I kind of wish they used that to their advantage in this film. Wonder Woman has the best entrance I think any female hero could have hoped for. Her role isn’t as big as I would have liked personally but that isn’t a good or bad thing. I do like wishing I had more sometimes. But considering she is getting a solo movie soon, I can wait to see her in her own element. I just wish I could remember if Ms. Gadot had an accent or if she put one on for her role. In her own way< she does need to bulk up just a bit more to sell the physicalness of her character. But being what t is, its a nice contrast to what she is meant to be. Her size isn’t an issue just my own personal preference for the character is all.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 4 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9 out of 10,
  • Acting: 7 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? DEFINITELY  see it at home. Wait for the blu-ray as it comes with an additional 30 minutes. Which really is felt throughout in the film. if you are gonna see it in theatres, Imax or nothing. Would recommend “D-box” for it is a long film. be ready to see it more than once for clarity.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Video of the Day: Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come is an ambitious low budget short fan film; directed/produced by Andrew List. Our goal was to create a high end extended trailer based off of Alex Ross & Mark Waid’s graphic novel Kingdom Come. We raised money via indiegogo in the earlier stages to cover important costs in creating this huge project into live action. This is designed for entertainment purposes only and to show the potential for not only Kingdom Come but other untapped novel’s under DC Comic’s belt. Last, we highly suggest reading the Kingdom Come graphic novel before viewing!