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I'm not going to be longwinded here. Just got back from seeing Wonder Woman with shadowkat67.

Go see the movie.

Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, is supposed to be inspirational, a hero who tells us that we can be better than we are, that the pain and misery of the world can be overcome with courage and compassion.

There are a number of times in this movie when Gal Gadot leaps into action and she is the Diana we were meant to have, the one we need. There were tears in my eyes.

Does everything work in this movie? No. Shadowkat is right -- there's problems with pacing, and one CGI slugfest these days looks pretty much like any other.

But the great moments here are truly great. And for all you Buffyphiles out there, the movie copies one of the most iconic moments of the series. (You'll know it when you see it.)

Bring on the Justice League. And Wonder Woman 2.

Date: 2017-06-08 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Got to see this film last night. (I hate crowded theaters, and I knew it would be packed over opening weekend, if not even sold out. 10:00 PM on a Wednesday night-- not so much!)

Gadot is simply amazing - I'm in awe, and I don't note that lightly. If you can demonstrate such subtlety and shadings and range of emotion in this kind of ultra-action / CGI-fest kind of flick, you should have no problem doing pretty much any other style of film or TV work in the future. I suspect she'll have a long career ahead of her, if she wants to remain in the cinema or television fields.

And for all you Buffyphiles out there, the movie copies one of the most iconic moments of the series. (You'll know it when you see it.)

YES! Caught that one right off, was absolutely delighted. There is also a second, bit more subtle Buffy ref later in the film during the fight with Ares, calling back memories of Season 4, next-to-last episode. (Bullets into birds, anyone?)

I personally don't blame the director for going a mite overboard with the CGI action. Several other professional reviewers have pointed out that the studio brass were sinking a lot of money into a film that, in their (now obviously erroneous) opinion, could easily bomb because of that "the general public really isn't into female superheros" schtick. She had hard choices to make if she wanted any chance at all of the end product being reasonably her vision, even in parts.

The good news is, I believe, that the both critical and financial success of the film should allow Jenkins to have more flexibility in future as to directorial control.


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