The first real blockbuster having a female superhero at its center, "Wonder Woman" is at bits a lot of fun, but at other times very disappointing. Gadot has the charisma, charm and physicality that the role demands, even if the lack of acting chops might harm some more emotionally laden scenes. The action sequences in the island of amazons are exhilirating, but the slow-mo fights get tiresome pretty fast. It's definitely an important movie, but the greatest superheroine of DC deserves much more.
One of the scariest films of my childhood, it brings me chilling memories of evil masks, concealing mud and yanked off spines. Still, it's truly remarkable what this film does in successfully mixing up genres (war, sci-fi, action) in that unmistakable package of 80s American macho attitude.
How miraculous it is to make a compelling and radiant film that all the time treads the thin line between apparently oppositional terrains:
- nostalgia x modernity
- auto-reflexivity x naivete
- fantasy x everyday life
- love x fame
- individualism x altruism
- piano x keyboards
- Louis Armstrong x A-Ha
Almost all these themes become oneirically outlined in the film's last 20 minutes, perhaps the most bittersweet moment we'll have at the movies this year. It is…