Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman: Critics Thoughts

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“ Wonder Woman is a gorgeous, powerful display of epic storytelling ”

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman from DC is coming to theaters next weekend. After many movies from DC Comics being highly criticized from audience and critics as well in the latest years, Wonder Woman movie will change that in 2017. Princess Diana from the island of Themyscira alongside the new Wonder Woman cast succeeded to get a critical acclaim awaiting the release date of the film in theaters. With early positive reactions Warner Bros. decided the lift the review embargo few days earlier, which may boost the tickets sales before releasing the movie in theaters following the critics’ reactions to both Gal Gadot’s performance and Patty Jenkins work.

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Here are the critics’ thoughts about the new DC movie Wonder Woman:

Entertainment Weekly – Chris Nashawaty

Ever since Christopher Nolan’s last great Batman film, 2008’s The Dark Knight, DC has been in a pretty brutal big-screen slump. But now, with their latest superhero saga, they can finally stopping chewing their cuticles — if there are any left.

Wonder Woman is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be. How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.

The DC movie you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Full review

Indiewire – Kate Erbland

Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman, though no one calls her as such in this standalone feature) made her DCEU debut in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” initially positioned as a possible adversary to Batman before coming on board of what will become the Justice League, Jenkins’ feature flips back through time to deliver an origin story that functions beautifully on its own while also bolstering excitement for the franchise’s future.

Wonder Woman is as much about a superhero rising as it is about a world deserving of her, and Diana’s hard-won insistence on battling for humanity (no matter how frequently they disappoint) adds the kind of gravitas and emotion that establishes it as the very best film the DCEU has made yet. There’s only one word for it: wonderful. Full review

New York Daily News – Stephen Whitty

“Wonder Woman” is here, and thank Zeus. The amazin’ Amazon was the only good thing about the “Batman v Superman” slugfest, and about all DC has gotten right lately. Now she’s got her own movie. She deserves it. And she wears it like a crown.

We get it, and DC finally should, too: Superhero movies can be fun. And Wonder Woman is a movie that’d send even the Suicide Squad home smiling. Full review

TheWrap – Alonso Duralde

In the recent flood of superhero movies, several have managed to be quite good — but Wonder Woman ranks as one of the few great ones.

Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure. It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre. Full review

USA Today – Kelly Lawler

Wonder Woman is a departure from most superhero films you’ve seen. It’s a female superhero film — which is revolutionary enough by itself — but it’s also a genuinely surprising film that plays with genre and throws out the now very tired superhero movie formula. It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity.

Wonder Woman is the best movie Marvel rival DC Comics has put out in its own cinematic universe, and unlike the recent parade of bleak superhero tales from both studios, it makes you feel good while you watch it. Full review

Chicago Tribune – Michael Phillips

Until now only the Christopher Nolan directed “Batman” pictures have felt like real movies, worth debating or exploring or more than a shrug.  “Wonder Woman” is less distinctive visually, and the performances are more solid than remarkable. But Gadot, who can hold a goddess-like warrior gaze like nobody’s business, leads the way, and Jenkins’ picture is serious fun guided by a sincere belief in the superheroine created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston.

For the first time in a long time, I came out of a DC comic book movie feeling ready for a sequel. It feels right, at this actual historical moment, when men made of something less than steel are bumbling around trying to run things. Paging Paradise Island! Full review

Consequence of Sound – Allison Shoemaker

The whole of Wonder Woman is greater than the sum of its parts. Fighting doesn’t make you a hero. Neither does a dark and grandiose finale. It’s what you choose to do with the power you own that defines you. What Jenkins has chosen to do is treat a classic character — one that many people, women in particular, have been waiting their whole lives to see — with dignity, honesty, some real complexity, and no small amount of fun. Those who’ve been hungry for a film like this one should not be surprised to be moved by its very existence.

This film is a goddamned blast. To merely call it the strongest entrant in the DC Entertainment Universe so far is to call Jaws the strongest entrant in the shark movie canon. Say what you will about Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and Deep Blue Sea, but Wonder Woman is in another class altogether. Full review

Total Film – Kevin Harley

After lassoing the focus away from Dawn of Justice’s man-spat, Wonder Woman tempts no such non-recognition concerns. Despite fears engendered by a messy route to cinemas, pre-release scuttlebutt over tonal issues and the odd on-screen hiccup, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) and lead Gal Gadot have landed a ripping success: a winningly earnest heroine in a straight-up good-time comic book movie that gives good, pomposity-busting quips without ever clouding its headliner’s core values.

Gadot is a godsend, Pine charms, and Jenkins delivers old-school thrills with heart and conviction. Full review

The Telegraph – Robbie Collin

Wonder Woman is close to a knockout on its own ambitious terms. Patty Jenkins’ film officially belongs to the DC Extended Universe, the same sunless and woebegone realm that brought us Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.

If the action in Wonder Woman comes less frequently than you might expect, it’s also thrillingly designed and staged, with a surging sense of real people, from all sorts of backgrounds, swept up in the wider conflict’s churns and jolts. Full review

Empire – Chris Hewitt

Four movies in to the DC Extended Universe, this is more like it. Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad may all have been hits, but they’ve been rather joyless, largely critically savaged affairs that delivered the pow, but little of the wow. Wonder Woman changes all that. And it does so by looking to the past, taking inspiration from the likes of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

As Diana, Gadot is excellent, a rocking electric cello riff in human form. Full review

We Got This Covered – Matt Donato

Upon the first sun-soaked glimpses of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (of breathtaking Themyscira), Diana Prince’s standalone adventure warms with poise and confidence. Jenkins’ intent is always to nurture, humanize and assert DC’s gender-smashing heroine with crown-worthy detail. Her leadership is a howling battle cry in so many senses. As an origin story that reveals the Wonder Woman we deserve. As social commentary that kicks down the boy’s club door.

Wonder Woman is a gorgeous, powerful display of epic storytelling that makes me wish this was Gadot’s first chance to play Diana Prince. It’s the roaring introduction she deserves, and a hopeful shift in DC culture that hints at what’s about to come. Full review

Variety – Andrew Barker

It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero. Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have given us sporadically successful, demythified takes on Batman and Superman, but they’ve all seemed skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward the sort of unabashed do-gooderism that DC Comics’ golden-age heroes exemplified.

Wonder Woman is the first major studio superhero film directed by a woman, and it shows in a number of subtle, yet important ways. Full review

IGN – Joshua Yehl

Could it overcome an uneven lead performance, some poorly rendered special effects, and a frustratingly mishandled end fight? It does, and Wonder Woman proves to be an emotionally resonate film that won me over with its refreshing take on the superhero formula that featured something we haven’t seen in the DCEU yet: a true, bona fide hero.

Wonder Woman is leaps and bounds above the other three entries in the DCEU. With a dramatic setting, a few entertaining action scenes, and a strong supporting cast all working together to tell an inspirational Hero’s Journey, it more than offsets some occasionally uneven acting on Gadot’s part and some shaky technical aspects. Full review

Chicago Sun-Times – Richard Roeper

Gal Gadot is easily the most inspirational and the most heroic and the most “real” Wonder Woman in movie (and television) history.

It’s a fully realized, three-dimensional characterization of an iconic DC Extended Universe character that has never gotten her due — until now.

Director Patty Jenkins’ origin story is packed with heart and empathy, and we have Gadot’s endearing performance to thank for that — but it’s also a byproduct of the timeline. Full review

Screen International – John Hazelton

The chemistry between Gadot and Pine is one of the film’s primary pleasures. But Gadot (best known to movie audiences up to now for her small roles in several The Fast and the Furious films) has a considerable presence in her own right, a quality that will stand her in good stead if, as the film’s brief present-day introductory sequence seems to hint will be the case, Wonder Woman has further big screen adventures.

Though the action…sometimes has a slightly distracting video game feel, it’s often stirring stuff, and it’s skillfully integrated into the developing relationship between the title character and her mortal man. Full review

ScreenCrush – Matt Singer

That fable is presented with strong visual style and abundant heart by director Patty Jenkins, and played with oozing charisma by its two well-cast stars, Chris Pine and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman is exciting, romantic, funny — and my favorite DC Extended Universe movie to date. With her courage and strength, Diana sets an example for everyone she meets, and she holds fast to her ideals even under great pressure. With any luck, she’ll provide similar inspiration to the directors of the DC Extended Universe in the years ahead. Full review

The Hollywood Reporter – Sheri Linden

As with all comics-based extravaganzas, brevity is anathema to the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, and it doesn’t quite transcend the traits of franchise product as it checks off the list of action-fantasy requisites.

If Diana of Themyscira is a much-needed hero for our times, it’s not because of her special-effects-laden fight moves. It’s because of such offhand moments as the way she infiltrates a bad guy’s soiree. Done up in one of those constricting frocks she doesn’t understand, she nonetheless strides into the room with the focus of a warrior and the gait of a free woman. She’s dressed for the part, but she’s no fool for fashion. Full review

The Playlist – Rodrigo Perez

Yes, it’s the DCEU’s best film, but as we know, that’s not saying a lot. But, hey, that terrific second act that we should cling to even if it’s a distant memory by the time love defeats aggression. “Wonder Woman” might be molded by the mighty Gods, but as shaped by mere mortals her mettle and beliefs and can be only so wonderfully divine. Full review

The Guardian – Steve Rose

Those hoping a shot of oestrogen would generate a new kind of comic-book movie – and revive DC’s faltering movie universe – might need to lower their expectations.

It’s plagued by the same problems that dragged down previous visits to the DC movie world: over-earnestness, bludgeoning special effects, and a messy, often wildly implausible plot. What promised to be a glass-ceiling-smashing blockbuster actually looks more like a future camp classic. Full review

  • Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
  • Director: Patty Jenkins.
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Said Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya.
  • Runtime: 141min.
  • Rating: PG-13.
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, War.
  • Release Date: June 2, 2017.

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