There’s no questioning that the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) has been rather difficult for mainstream audiences to swallow. I, and my colleagues here at Article Asylum have found the DCEU, on the whole, is a dish that is not only delicious, but reheats great. Like baked spaghetti, some things are even better the second time and, apart from Suicide Squad (Squash? …if we go with the food analogy), the DCEU has been just like that. The trouble is that most people are not keen to come back a second time if they did not like it the first. Wonder Woman had the daunting task of being spectacular on the surface while still being rewarding in depth. Party Jenkins’ film succeeds in that endeavor.
Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Lucy Davis turn out good performances that invest the audience in what’s going on around them. Much must be said for the absolute scene stealer that is Gal Gadot. Gal does a great job portraying the hopeful yet naive Diana. She is a warrior and doesn’t take “no” for an answer, and I’m saying that about Gal. The Israeli actress brings her all to every scene and rather than overshadowing her castmates she accents them. Gal is capable of shifting between charm, humor, and power with convincing realism and honest characterization. This is her film and it shows. That being said, I must commend Chris Pine for his solid job as her supporting castmate and doing a bang-up job at making us like him. Lucy Davis produces a laugh nearly ever frame she’s on screen as Etta Candy. And… well, there are some performances I can’t detail without spoiling so just trust me in this: they are largely satisfactory. The only concern I had is with Danny Huston as General Ludendorff, who just comes across as a real mustache twirler.
In summary, Wonder Woman is a delightfully solid comic book film and is absolutely sane. I want to make a note on my scoring system. The “Overall” Score simply tallies the passing marks for the overall areas and so a perfect score does not indicate a perfect film, but rather one that passes in every graded area. Please, go watch the film and enjoy it. I can give no higher praise to a film than to encourage others to see it.