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Opens June 2, 2017 at a theater near you!
Review by Joe Viglione
With a mere $149,000,000 budget - chump change these days - Warner Brothers has finally released a MARVELous motion picture from the DC comic books stable of stars.
Pre-release tacking for Wonder Woman has been all over the place
, with the latest estimates pointing to a domestic opening weekend of between $65 million and $75 million
. However, Forbes
predicts the film could
open much stronger in North America, paving the way for it to end its worldwide run in the $700 million range. http://www.cbr.com/wonder-woman-best-reviewed-dc-film/
Review by Joe Viglione
With a mere $149,000,000 budget – loose change these days - Warner Brothers has
finally released a MARVELous motion picture from the DC comic books stable of
stars. And they did it by making this film
modeled after a Disney Captain America / Iron Man / Ant Man release. We’ll get
to the film after we go over some particulars… that Ant Man was budgeted out at
130 million and brought in 519 million plus. That 2011’s Captain America: The
First Avenger was budgeted out at 140 mill and brought in 370 plus; 2014’s
Captain America Winter Soldier at 170 (bringing in 714 m plus,) and Captain
America: Civil War at a huge 250m bringing in 1 billion, 153 m plus. Yikes!
Wonder Woman is superb filmmaking starting off with beautiful cinematography
descending down to a package from Bruce Wayne who – thankfully – doesn’t make a
personal appearance. No Ben Affleck is a sure sign of good things to come. Inside the gift-wrapped secure suitcase is the
aged Wonder Woman and gang-in-Belgium photo from Superman vs Batman – the first
appearance by this new Wonder Woman the best thing about that noisy and awful monstrosity
passed off as a motion picture.
Diana Prince – played brilliantly by the face of Gucci’s Bamboo perfume –
and a frequent resident of The Fast and the Furious, Gal Gadot (#4 from 2009,
#5 from 2011, #6 2013 and kinda sorta in 7, 2015) is not your mama’s Wonder
Woman of Cathy Lee Crosby and Lynda Carter, though Carter is thanked in the
credits. This Gal Gadot Wonder Woman is
the real deal and will do much to obliterate the cheesy TV character that was
more camp a la Adam West’s Batman show …and hardly a goddess. The big difference is that as sideways as the
television Batman and Wonder Woman were, Adam West rose above it all with
dignity and obtaining a sort of bat signature, a credibility that he shared
with Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt
and so many others who brought the TV comedy to a certain level of charm. Because the acting was superb.
The acting in Wonder Woman 2017 is equally superb, as is the direction by a
woman mostly known for her work in television, Patty Jenkins. Zach Snyder has a hand in the storyline, he
being the executive, if you will, in charge of the DC Extended Universe.
The audience gets to figure out which era this is, but for the sake of the
timelines, let us have a little history.
All Star Comics #8 appeared in December of 1941 with Wonder Woman, her
first appearance. Jack Kirby, co-creator
of The Fantastic Four, co-created Captain America with Joe Simon in March of
According to Wikipedia, this film
is set in World War 1, November 1918.
This is all very important as Captain Kirk 2, Chris Pine (born in 1981,)
is Steve Trevor here, looking like actor Chris Evans (born in 1980.) None of this is a coincidence. When you see
Pine as Steve Trevor jump on a motorbike in Wonder Woman he might as well be
Chris Evans jumping on a motorbike in Captain America. The roots of Wonder Woman, on the coat-tails
of Captain America eight months later in 1941, definitely reaching for the huge
Captain America audience, only adding as many female filmgoers into that mix as
they possibly can.
This critic writes his own reviews, staying away from the other press for
the most part until my essays are on paper.
However the CBR headline caught my eye as for the past forty-eight hours
prior to writing this I’ve been describing Wonder Woman as the best DC film
since The Dark Knight, and – voila – I am not the only critic / filmgoer with
that idea. http://www.cbr.com/wonder-woman-best-reviewed-dc-film/
The film is breathtaking on many levels. Tremendous sets, plenty of bang-up,
shoot-em-up action, and the horrors of war presented in as tasteful a way as
possible, but still quite ugly.
Gadot – and Pine – have a cleansing effect on the mustard gas and the
appearances of Dr. Poison (Elena Anaya,) and General Ludendorff (Danny Huston,
one of the Colonel William Stryker characters in the X-Men Wolverine series) –
Dr. Poison turning Ludendorff into a kinda sorta Red Skull straight out of
Captain America. With competing comic
book companies the parallels are obvious and, for the world of film, almost
essential for entertaining this rabid audience.
To go on might reveal plot that you want to experience for yourself.
in all, this is a brilliant film, it touches all the right chords, and is the
first step – finally – in DC turning around its inability to make superhero /
science fiction films of the quality that is – most clearly – in its mission
statement. Wonder Woman has finally
arrived and she is more powerful than TV viewers were ever given a chance to
see and experience.
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