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