Wonder Woman Review – The Oxford Paper (1 Jun 17)

Print review of Wonder Woman (Warner Bros) for the 1st June edition of The Oxford Paper from Taylor Newspapers.

Review Excerpt:

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“Jenkins seems to have spotted where DC’s previous films went wrong, allowing her characters to live and breathe as real people, not merely dispensing justice like ice-cold, super-strong robots. Wonder Woman and her rag-tag team make jokes, despair openly, fall in love and battle inner demons, all while desperately figuring out how to beat the bad guy.

Hyper-stylised combat scenes emphasise Gadot’s strength and physicality, somehow making a sword and shield seem the obvious choice in a firefight. But the film is at its best when our breastplate and pants-wearing heroine bemuses prudish wartime Londoners in classic fish-out-of-water scenes.

Pine and Gadot are dynamic leads, easily papering over cracks in a clunky screenplay, while Lucy Davis (The Office) is excellent as cheerfully steely secretary Etta.

Sadly, Batman vs. Superman’s Zack Snyder still seems to have had an unwelcome impact as co-producer. Grittier moments are matched by dull colour palettes, and action sequences occasionally veer into his signature brand of over-exaggerated physics and tedious solemnity.”

Cast & Crew

Director(s): Patty Jenkins

Writer(s): Allan Heinberg

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya

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