Nowadays superhero movies are very popular. So there is no wonder that the last Avengers movie “The First Avenger: Civil War” was the most commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide and making it the highest-grossing film in 2016. For Marvel it is the most important series together with “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The other prominent studio for superhero movies is DC. But the DC Universe hasn’t that same sucess, excluded the current Batman triology. The attempt to combine two heros in one movie with Batman Vs. Superman wasn’t a great deal for DC and the critics were mixed.
For the only women in the DC francise there is only one movie out until now. The not very popular television Wonder Woman movie from 1974. So there is no wonder that DC would like to change this status. I’m definitely not an expert for superhero movies. I know the old Spider-Man movies by Sam Raimi and the Batman triology by Christopher Nolan.
I would like to be fair, I’m not very impressed by the cinema trailer back in May. At the first glimpse it looks like a overpraised trash action movie. But I have a good feeling about the main actor Gal Gadot. For DC it was a lucky punch as a main character. There is no doubt, Wonder Women scores not for the acting or the high quailty of the dialogs, it’s an action movie. The main story about an ultimate weapon, developed by the germans isn’t totally bad at all. The truly strength about the movie are the comedy elements. The jokes between Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) and Chris Pine (Star Trek: Into Darkness) aren’t bad and well balanced. Also the two next performers Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle) and Ewen Bremner (Black Hawk Down) made a great job. Of course one of the main strengh of Wonder Women is the presentation. Sometimes it is overpraised, like the fighting scene in the last part of the movie. But if I should pick one favourite scene, I choose the defense scene from the trench. Surely, it is maybe the most unrealistic scene of the movie, but for me it works fine.
Conclusion: Wonder Women isn’t that overrated action superhero movie that the trailer claimed. Not in every way. Sure it is a blockbuser movie and if you are expected an high intellectual movie you will be disappointed. But when you admit the setting and the kind of the movie you could be surprised. The movie scores with one main element: Entertainment. Maybe it is perfect for a sunday evening to dive in the fictional world of Wonder Woman. A movie you should watch in a cinema because it’s that kind of typically popcorn movie.