Wonder Woman

  • It’s got a running time of two hours and twenty minutes, but it feels longer. The pacing is pretty slow and is bogged down by scenes that run far too long and dialog that gets “over-preachy” with trying to convey the underlying message of the film.
  • The musical score to the movie is largely forgettable, and the only thing you’ll remember is that main “rock-ish” piece of music that was introduced back in Batman v Superman.
  • I was definitely one of those people angrily protesting (at the time) the hiring of Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman. I felt she was too skinny to play someone so powerful (lookup pictures of her from before she got cast), but she gained weight and worked out heavily for the role, and I think it really “bulked up” her performance. Wokka wokka! But hey, she’s able to carry the role with a strong AND feminine balance. I never questioned the femininity, just the strength.
  • Some of the shots in this movie will be very iconic and some of the scenery is BEAUTIFUL (especially the shot representing Steve Trevor’s first sight of Diana. HOLY WOW [insert heart emojis here].)
  • Speaking of “first sight”, the first time we see her in her actual “Wonder Woman costume” was very powerful to me.
  • Hey, this film WAS SHOT ON ACTUAL FILM! Listen, Joe Moviegoer: you don’t care. Shot on digital, shot of film, blah blah blah; as long as the movie is good, right? Sure. BUT for someone like me, it’s great to see grain and shallow depth of field on the big screen again. (insert more heart emojis here)
  • There’s a really cool sequence where an oil painting moves, and the end credits also have this very interesting animation style to them. Yay, animation!
  • Let’s face it: No one really enjoyed Man of Steel (except me) and for the most part, both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad weren’t well made movies. All the DC movies so far have been just “eh”. Marvel really slam dunked with Iron Man (in terms of quality entertainment), and now DC has their Iron Man movie to hopefully help us forget the poor starts.
  • All in all, this should be a very empowering movie. It’s about the first female superhero, it’s directed by a female and has a very clear (albeit overdone) message about something that is sadly kind of disappearing in the modern world.
  • “TANK you very much!” COULD HAVE been a line in the movie, but I’m glad it wasn’t written by Freddy Kreuger.
  • Final Letter Grade: A-

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter (twitter.com/josezuazua) and instagram (instagram.com/josezuazua).

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