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WONDER WOMAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Director: Patty Jenkins

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis

Plot: A young Amazon princess leaves her sheltered life to help save the outside world from war and destruction

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

This film was going to be a turning point for DC one way or another. While the DC films have made money, nearly all of them have been poorly received by fans and critics alike. 

 

But this movie was different. 

 

This one needed to be good because DC has had plenty of time to figure out why their other films weren't well received. This one also needed to be good because it is the first time we've had a major comic book film with a female lead. And this film needed to be good because of the legions of fans that love and adore Wonder Woman.

 

It may have been a tough road back for DC if this movie failed.

 

It didn't. 

 

Congratulations DC, you finally nailed it! You hit this one out of the park! WONDER WOMAN is a spectacular film that is captivating from the opening scene until the end credits roll. 

 

Gal Gadot carries on the legacy of Diana Prince with dignity, charm, and strength. She isn't just something pretty to look at while the men figure out what to do and then she is able to help. She leads the way.

 

Chris Pine is wonderful as always. His chemistry with Gadot is so fun to watch, and his acting is spot on. (Just wait until you see him with the Lasso of Truth). 

 

The story is told in a compelling and exciting way that keeps the film moving forward. It's almost 2 1/2 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it. The action scenes and effects are incredible. In fact, there were only a couple of instances where the special effects were just sightly off.

 

My only complaint with this movie is that it has the one scene where the villain runs his mouth for a long time and explains to Wonder Woman exactly what she needs to do to defeat him. I hate scenes like that because they are lazy and could have easily been written around to give us the same information in a more realistic way. For a film that is so amazing, this one scene was highly disappointing.

 

That said, all you really need to know about this movie is this: My wife grew up a huge fan of Wonder Woman. She dressed like her, pretended to be her, and wanted to grow up to be her. She is now a New York Times bestselling author, so she knows a thing or two about great story-telling. She needed this movie to be amazing. She needed Wonder Woman to be true to the original and not disappoint her childhood memories or her adult story needs. 

 

As the credits rolled I looked at my wife and she was crying. I asked if she was okay, and she said, "It was perfect! I need to see this movie again right now!"

 

Good job, DC. 

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