Wonder Woman ★★★

A bit shlocky and, in act one particularly but also throughout, overburdened by clunky exposition ("Daughter, as your mother, I raised you"). In some ways it succeeds by giving up the DC universe’s heretofore distinctive but largely disastrous aesthetics; “Wonder Woman” has the look and feel and structure of a Marvel movie, for better or worse (but, box office wise, apparently for better). The secret sauce though is truly Gadot, who is incredibly winning, convincing and even hints at complexities that were clearly not on the script page. She's aided by Pine, who is reliably tolerable. It shouldn't be understimated too how thrilling it is to see this iconic figure get her due at long last.