Synopsis: Amazonian Princes Diana (Gal Gadot) learns her true origins as a demigoddess and the sacrifices true heroes must make.
• Gal Gadot powered the film with true heroic heart. Her co-stars more than gave it their all.
• An overall engaging origin story that largely overcame the pitfalls of such a plot. The underpinnings of Ancient Greek story telling — rage, love, tears, sweat, and blood — was what made the film truly stand out amongst other origin stories in film.
• The director, Patty Jenkins, applied the unique action sequences of Zach Snyder’s earlier films better than Snyder. Brief slow motion elements in fight scenes was always quite cool, especially in how the style can resemble how warriors were depicted in Ancient Greek art.
• Fully embraced the old “fish out of water” trope with how Diana stuck out in male-dominated WWI, even in early 20th century clothing. The application was genuinely humorous, endearing, and provocatively progressive.
• It was genuinely fun to keep guessing who Ares was, and somehow amazing to learn how well we were misdirected.
• Ares’ connection with the Armistice, which might as well have led to the more devastating WWII, was brilliant writing, as it showed how the ancient was a master of the long game, especially in the creation of dark legacies.
• The ultimate fight between Diana and Ares felt almost too close to when Darth Vader tried to convince Luke to join him in ruling the galaxy, even though it did make some sense in the characterization of Ares.
• Did lack some suspense, being a prequel and origin story.
Though not without its share of sexist trolls, everything about this film effortlessly worked to overcome adversity. This was, indeed, a near perfect superhero film, whilst a rare WWI film, especially when compared to the prior objectively weaker entries in DC film universe that began with Man of Steel in 2013.
Even though the climactic battle between Ares and Diana was ironically not engaging at times, Ares did seem to like his head games by that point in his long life regardless. Plus, seeing the love, rage, and tears of Greco-Roman myths applied so well in an epic superhero film was alone worth the price of admission. Not a genre reinvention, but certainly was an important advancement.
Rotten Tomatoes — 93%