If you read my review, you know I never felt I was watching a great movie when I was at Wonder Woman.
Granted, I might have been influenced by the huge hype. So I guess my expectations reached such a high point that could never be met.
Yet, the points I made in the review are still valid. A Very basic story, basic directing, very derivative (and this comes from someone who has seen every superhero movie ever).
Wonder Woman shows yet again how the DCEU is still in its starting phases. In fact, this film marks the fourth change in tone in a row for this franchise. It also shows how they tend to be smart-ass and deep through exposition, while completely falling short. Thankfully, Patty Jenkins created a nice enough experience to not piss off the audience, so they didn’t pick on the movie too much.
This article obviously contains spoiler about Wonder Woman, so beware and come back after you watched the movie if you wish.
As you know, Wonder Woman core concept and running motif in the movie is Ares, who is also the reason why the Amazons exiled themselves on Themyscira. They describe Ares, son of Zeus, as the guy who causes hate and violence among men. And, of course, Diana believes that Ares caused World War I, so she decides to help Steve Trevor end the conflict.
Fast forward to the third act, she was right: Ares (represented by David Thewlis, the least menacing actor they could find) was behind the War all along. During the big revelation moment, he states that he did nothing but giving people ideas, just to show that humans wrongdoing is in their nature.
Then they both fight when he reveals her she is the actual ‘Godkiller’ and she wins (or supposedly so). Then, a monologue starts, in modern day Paris, where she says she decided to live in ‘our’ world because she believes in humanity, because, despite the horrible things we do, there’s still so much good in us that is worth fighting for.
As I said, Ares doing is to prove that he has nothing to do with humans doing wrong.
Yet, when Diana kills him… All the soldiers in the scene suddenly stop fighting and look around confused.
You know what this means? That Wonder Woman reason for staying with humans, with her speech-like thought that is supposed to strike a chord with the audience in this time of despair… well, it does not make any sense.
By having soldiers stop fighting at Ares’ death, the filmmakers established that humans wrongdoing were actually caused by the God of War himself. Since we are shown to have no free will, this denies everything Diana said in the ending monologue.
This marks another major incoherence in the DCEU films. Probably a consequence of wanting to sound more intelligent and poetic than the average superhero movie. Or, maybe, just bad filmmaking.
To me, thinking that Wonder Woman is at the level, or slightly far from it, of Logan and The Dark Knight, it’s a blasphemy.
But that’s just me.