Wonder Woman doesn’t offer much flexibility when it comes to character development. She’s perfect. She’s been perfectly raised by a perfect civilization of perfect woman on a perfect island. Building an engaging movie around perfect people is a tough task. Potential character growth is limited and in effect, the audience’s emotional journey flatlines.
At no point in Wonder Woman did I doubt Diana would do the right thing. She is a goddess, incapable of being morally wrong. But if I know a character won’t make the wrong decision, there won’t be any drama. There’s won’t be any excitement. And yet, Wonder Woman took my emotions for a spin. How?
Wonder Woman needed to convince audiences that mankind is not worth saving. It needed to show Diana struggle with the decision between savior or destroyer. It needed to show her teeter back and forth, to believe that either choice is just as likely as the other.
And by Goddess, Wonder Woman did.
I guess in hindsight, making humanity seem evil wasn’t that difficult. Humans are just the worst. We started WWI. We started WWII. We started every war. We love it. But Wonder Woman does offer a pleasant reminder that, when we aren’t blowing each other up, we’re not so bad. This is presented perfectly through the imperfect Steve Trevor.
I saw Steve as the heart of Wonder Woman. Obviously Wonder Woman is the hero. She saves the day. She’s the soul. But without the a flawed (above) average human like Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman falls apart. To create the movie’s satisfying emotional Journey, Wonder Woman needed to witness humanity and the elating highs and devastating lows that come with it.
I can’t really describe my line of thinking without spoiling the movie. So just go watch the movie okay? And when you go, pay attention to the fireside scene between Diana and Chief. To me, that conversation means everything. This is the moment where Diana sees Steve in a different light and begins to struggle with her ultimate decision. Rightfully so. What purpose is there to be the savior for a species hellbent tearing itself apart?
But also, pay attention to the dancing scene between Diana and Steve. When Diana asks Steve…. uh– When Steve tells Diana…. um– Oh girl, this is a difficult scene to describe without going into spoilers. Just go see Wonder Woman already. And trust me, this scene plays a huge part in Diana’s struggle with the insufferable imperfection of mankind.
I love that Wonder Woman had the ovaries to make humanity the main struggle. Not an alien. Not a mad scientist. Humanity. It’s refreshing and warrants the need for an all-powerful being like Wonder Woman. We humans need to be put in our place by beacons of perfection.
I was originally going to write this entire review through the distorted viewpoint of an alt-right troll. I was going to talk about how “libtard cucks” would love this “feminist propaganda.” But I realized that doing so would go against the message of Wonder Woman. A sarcastic, hate-filled diatribe against poking fun at people who are legitimately suffering from the effects of fear would accomplish nothing.
This is the effect that Wonder Woman had on me, and hopefully every person who sees it. This beautiful movie reminds the viewer that love needs to be our main weapon. Human’s are dreadful little things. Easily corrupted by fear and anger. Hatred will never fix anything. Violence should always be our last resort.
I mean, sure, Wonder Woman is also filled with violence. Diana charges into battle and takes soldiers down like they were nothing. The movie is filled with dynamite action sequences, some of the best in the genre. But Wonder Woman isn’t filled with violence for the sake of violence. Every action scene has a purpose and leads perfectly to the movie’s final message.
And if this movie had zero violence, we would have never been witness to the glory of Robin Wright.
Unfortunately, not all was perfect in the land of Themyscira. I did have some gripes with Wonder Woman, most of which are technical and none of which pulled me out of the movie.
There are some minuscule plot hole like how did Diana change clothes so quick? What’d they eat on that boat? When did Diana go and retrieve her cloak? How does that cloak hide her weapons so well? You know, stupid crap like that. Most of these holes can be explained with a moment’s thought, or just chalked up to the fact that it’s a movie. Get over it.
A more obvious issue was the amount of distracting special effects shots. I’m never a fan of actors turning into bouncy cartoons and Wonder Woman has a few of those moments. But a few sour bites can’t ruin a movie full of sweetness. The majority of this film looks spectacular with the CGI remaining unnoticed.
My last complaint only affected me on my first viewing. The big bad at the end of the movie seemed a little out of place. But upon second viewing, the finale felt better since I had taken time to process things between viewings.
And that’s it about it for my issues. If you expect perfection. I guess you won’t enjoy Wonder Woman. If you are a visual effects connoisseur, maybe you’ll get too mad about some blatant CGI moments to enjoy Wonder Woman. But if you try to remember that a perfect Goddess like Wonder Woman didn’t make the movie, you’ll be okay. The movie was made by imperfect humans. So if you have an open heart, chances are you will love Wonder Woman.