Warner has long sought the perfect formula to apply to films in his DC Extended Universe (DCEU). After the Christ story in Man of Steel, the ultra serious tone of Batman v Superman and the exaggerated buffoonery of Suicide Squad, the studio has finally found the winning formula with Wonder Woman. In reality, you just had to make a Marvel Studios movie.
Girl power !
Wonder Woman is an important film for two main reasons. The first is that he must save the DCEU criticized as much by the media as by the public, to raise the level before a crucial Justice League for the studio. On this point, it is successful.
The second reason is even more important: it is the first superheroic blockbuster of this magnitude to feature a woman. Plus, the movie itself is directed by director Patty Jenkins ( Monster ). Data that inevitably impacts the final result, especially in its words. The film subtly and intelligently distills its feminist point, which will have the merit of getting the message across even to fat nerds who belch “feminazi
Because this is the great strength of Wonder Woman : delivering a blockbuster which, rare, does not take women for simple scriptwriting tools, simple motivations for a male hero. Patty Jenkis brings honor to the Amazon by making her a model of courage and justice, who not only is ready to die in defense of the weakest, but also manages to inspire those around her. A strong woman who even avoids the cliché of Mary-Sue , since Jenkins also insists on the candid, even naive side of a woman who discovers a world dominated by men. A writing that would however have deserved a little more care (we go from one extreme to the other without warning) but which still makes Diana a pleasant character to follow.
Warner therefore gives us a quality feminist icon that superheroic cinema sorely needed.
Captain America X Thor
In its course, Wonder Woman takes the formulas that have already worked, especially with the competition. Telling us a story halfway between that of Thor and Captain America (a goddess who leaves her comfort to immerse herself in modern warfare), Patty Jenkins’ film reuses all the clichés of the genre, and therefore never surprises. Fun fact, Jenkis was also appointed to direct Thor 2 in 2013 before being replaced by Alan Taylor.
Following a pre-established plan that never deviates, Wonder Woman alternates between muscular action scenes (and made up with lots of special effects) and exhibition scenes where our protagonists chain the surprisingly light valves in a DC film. A classic that never surprises, but which has the merit of being efficient and above all well exploited. This Wonder Woman has, surprisingly, the qualities and flaws of a classic Marvel Studios movie.
Patty Jenkis indeed manages to give a certain impetus to her story, in particular by playing on the Diana / Trevor relationship and by sprinkling our heroine’s quest with very well done and rhythmic action scenes that stick the viewer to his seat (the No Man’s Land scene is likely to go down in history). We will certainly regret their rarity, but they have the merit of insisting that the actions of our heroine are extraordinary.
However, the film is not without its flaws, far from it. We could point the finger at a somewhat long set-up, secondary characters that are too little exploited (we would have liked more Samir!), Nasty cans or even a historical context treated over the leg (history enthusiasts will often see red ), but all of this would only be quibbling in the face of the film’s major problem: a botched third act.
In her final twenty minutes, Wonder Woman falls back into the pitfalls of the DCEU films by turning the final fight (coming in like hair in soup) into a CGI mush that’s as uninteresting as it is useless in the overall narrative. It’s as if the production had to check “final unnecessary boss fight” in its specifications. This guignolesque ending does not infringe on the qualities of the film, nevertheless, it does not go far to spoil the overall experience.
The DCEU is holding its first model movie, and it’s about time! Classic in its construction and in its way of telling the origin of the heroine, it is however sincere in its approach and in its words. Wonder Woman is not only effective entertainment (save for its excruciating ending), but an important film in the testosterone-dominated blockbuster landscape. A DC film which finally brings critics and fans together and which proves that DC has finally found the winning formula. It remains only to transform the trial with Justice League.