With an astounding early score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are going nuts for DC's latest superhero effort, Wonder Woman. While the box office numbers remain to be seen, things are definitely looking good for the superhero film, despite any (frankly silly) backlash over promotional screenings.
The Chicago Tribune summed up the hype perfectly in their review, stating, "Gal Gadot grabs the Lasso of Truth and the bracelets of infinite resilience to take center stage in Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins' formidable and almost entirely successful bid to make the DC Comics movies a little less lame."
With an engaging cast, sharp writing, and actual humor (!), Wonder Woman is set to be one of the best superhero films of the summer, and possibly Warner Bros.' first actually good comic book film in years. Let's take a look at some of the reviews for Wonder Woman and see what all the fuss is about.
It's Actually Funny!
According to the reviews, Wonder Woman takes a step back from the house style of other Warner Bros. DC movies (doom-and-gloom, everything's serious, lots of rain on gray asphalt) and actually lets the characters have some fun.
Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio notes that the relationship between Diana (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) provides some "very humorous moments as Diana tries to become accustomed to the world beyond Themyscira." Diana, of course, doesn't realize why all the women are deferential to the men. Her fish-out-of-water antics will prove familiar to fans of Steve Rogers's time-displaced shtick in the Captain America movies, although Gadot's bamboozlement comes with an added layer of social commentary.
Apparently, Chris Pine Nearly Steals The Show
According to Vox, Chris Pine is "impossibly charming," while the Hollywood Reporter calls him, "effortlessly roguish and wry." Critics have called Chris Pine's turn as American spy Steve Trevor one of his best roles ever, and some have even pointed out that he may, in fact, steal some of the thunder from what is ostensibly Wonder Woman's film.
However, reviews for Gal Gadot's performance as the titular Wonder Woman have been no less glowing. Variety points out that Gadot has "an inherent goodness," and that her, "visage radiates dewy-eyed empathy and determination." However, none of this has detracted from her ability to be completely and totally badass.
It Falls Victim To Some Familiar DCEU Issues
While most reviews for Wonder Woman have been staggeringly positive, critics have noted that the film is a bit overstuffed with a 141 minute runtime, and many have criticized the (seemingly obligatory) massive third act fight scene.
IGN claims that it, "looks like a video game boss battle from 2005," while The Independent laments that, "All the effort devoted to building up characters and developing plot lines becomes redundant as the Amazon warrior in the hot pants and the God Of War face off against one another."
Regardless, Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman seems to have breathed new life into the DCEU.