TL;DR: Go see this movie. I predict “Wonder Woman” will be an extremely popular costume this Halloween, worn by many little girls and more than a few little boys. As a DC film, there are no “stingers” during or after the credits.

Cast and Crew Information

Gal Gadot as Diana / Wonder Woman
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta
Robin Wright as Antiope
Danny Huston as Ludendorff
David Thewlis as Sir Patrick
Said Taghmaoui as Sameer
Ewan Bremner as Charlie
Eugene Brave Rock as The Chief
Lucy Davis as Etta Candy
Elena Anaya as Dr. Maru

Story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs. Screenplay by Allan Heinberg.
Directed by Patty Jenkins

Premise

Princess Diana of the Amazons grows up as a warrior among a society of warriors. When Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on Themyscira, she gets pulled into World War I, known as the Great War.

High Point

The subtle commentary on sexism and racism. Setting this in World War I rather than the comic accurate World War II means they can also point out more of the sexist rules of the time. It never gets preachy, but we see the impact these attitudes have very clearly. This is a movie with a collection of capable characters with a variety of backgrounds.

Low Point

Elements of the final battle seem to be there because the studio wanted a certain amount of visual effects to be used, rather than because the story truly needed them.

The Review

This is an original take on Wonder Woman. Changing her war of origin gives access to trench warfare and limited transportation technology, forcing characters and audiences to face some of the horrors of war. More importantly, it’s the best movie based on a DC comics property in at least a decade, and possibly four. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were predominantly well done, and that includes the 3D use. This is a well constructed film, and aside from a few moments in the big finale, nothing felt like it was there just for the sake of having visual effects. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is well constructed, and shows more depth than the typical superhero film. This isn’t just an origin story, it’s a commentary on war and equality. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting is great, particularly from Gadot and Pine. I normally find David Thewlis very off putting, but even he works well in this cast. It’s very easy to see the characters instead of the actors a few hours after they are first introduced. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is great. It’s hard to believe that this is Patty Jenkins’ second theatrical directing job, after starting with Monster in 2003. Add to that Rupert Gregson-Williams’ magnificent score, Matthew Jensen’s cinematography which was ugly in all the right ways, and Martin Walsh’s editing. This movie deserves Oscar recognition for Aline Bonetto’s production design. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is excellent. We’ve seen a lot of entertaining superheroes since the genre renaissance began with Blade almost 20 years ago, but none have felt so inspirational. This is what Wonder Woman should be. 6 out of 6.

Overall, this sets a high bar for superhero films, and is a new standard in the genre. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, Wonder Woman (2017) receives 41 out of 42.