Notice my Wonder Woman suit. Ha!
Wonder Woman has always been one of my favorite heroines. Her quiet wisdom, big heart, and kind nature, let alone her strength and bad-assery put her miles above most, so you can imagine how excited I was after seeing the ads about the movie. After seeing it, here's my take.
First, the negatives. There are only a few, and very subjective ones, I might add, but for an Amazon warrior princess, I found the actress a bit scant. She has thin legs and actually could be a model. Now there's nothing wrong with being model thin in most people's eyes, but when I think of an Amazon, I expect to see a BBW with hips, nice legs and full breasts like the gorgeous Lynda Carter, star of the Wonder Woman TV show. Carter is not overweight by any means, and Gadot is beautiful in her own right, but those thin legs and relative lack of hips just put me off for a number of reasons, including the unrealistic expectation for all women to be thin no matter what they're supposed to be doing. I'll get off that path now and continue with the review.
The other problem I had was that, and this is a bit of a SPOILER, so skip the paragraph if it bothers you, but the movie is not set in the U.S. There. I said it, and I'll leave that alone for now too.
So, overall it was a pretty good movie. As the first in what I expect to be a series of movies, Wonder Woman's character is naive and somewhat impetuous, but I guess that's to be expected since she's never seen a man before, and she's never left that beautiful island where she grew up. The world is a foreign, ugly place, and she's just starting to learn.
There was plenty action and some of the plot points were unexpected, allowing for some welcome twists. I won't spoil that part for you if you haven't seen it yet. Oh, and one more thing, I wasn't crazy about the choice for Steve's character either. I expected a tall, dark hunk with dark hair like Lyle Waggoner, so Chris Pine was a bit of a surprise to say the least. Don't get me wrong - he's a cutie, just not a Steve Trevor kind of hottie.
So, yeah, I'm looking forward to the sequel, and expecting a lot. The beautiful island raises my original score of 3 out of 5 stars to a solid 4 out of 5 because it required imagination. Also, I can't wait to find out what the writers and directors do with the interesting plot twists.