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Run and hide, meninists: it’s your worst nightmare. Not only is “Wonder Woman” yet another blockbuster smash with a badass female lead, but it’s more entertaining than your favorite DC movie. It’s cohesive, thoughtful, and tells an engaging story with actual character development. This is something the studio hasn’t managed to replicate in five years since 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The Review Reel: Wonder Woman 061417 AE 1 Jordan Line, Capital City Weekly Run and hide, meninists: it’s your worst nightmare. Not only is “Wonder Woman” yet another blockbuster smash with a badass female lead, but it’s more entertaining than your favorite DC movie. It’s cohesive, thoughtful, and tells an engaging story with actual character development. This is something the studio hasn’t managed to replicate in five years since 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss | Invision.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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The Review Reel: Wonder Woman

Greetings southeast! My name is Jordan Line. I moved to Juneau a year ago to get away from the bustle of the Lower 48, and I haven’t looked back since. One of the few things I appreciate more than cinema is being judgmental, so having this opportunity is kind of fantastic. I truly hope my thoughts are helpful and that my pretentious tendencies don’t overwhelm you. Perhaps I’ll even make two or three of you chuckle. Just remember, this is simply my personal opinion. Hope you enjoy.

Run and hide, meninists: it’s your worst nightmare. Not only is “Wonder Woman” yet another blockbuster smash with a badass female lead, but it’s more entertaining than your favorite DC movie. It’s cohesive, thoughtful, and tells an engaging story with actual character development. This is something the studio hasn’t managed to replicate in five years since 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The film isn’t without its flaws, however. At times awkward, and more often bloated, the two hour and 21 minute runtime felt a bit tedious as the credits rolled.

Raised on an island hidden away from the outside world, Diana, The Princess of the Amazons (Gal Gadot), is raised to be the most powerful warrior among her tribe. Her life in paradise is rudely interrupted by Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American pilot who tells her of the global conflict raging abroad. Compelled to bring peace to the world corrupted by the evils of war, she leaves her home for the first time to discover her purpose and unlock her true power.

This movie has received almost universal praise, and while it is a step up from many recent superhero origin stories, I can’t help but feel like it has been rated on a rather large curve. This is the first big budget super heroine film to be released in the modern run — a huge feminist proclamation! Directed by a woman! Everyone must love it! It’s great! Did I mention feminism?

Truthfully, the film isn’t as much of a “statement” as it’s hyped up to be. It’s a pretty run-of-the-mill origin story, except the hero is a woman and she doesn’t exist solely to be eye candy. While it isn’t the norm in our male-dominated societal consciousness, it also isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Diana is the powerhouse of the movie — much like the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell — but her journey still ends up revolving around a man. In this, the girl power fizzles out.

But enough about social constructs; let’s dig into the movie for what it is: a pretty okay superhero flick. While the film lacks much political prowess, it’s a mostly enjoyable escape, and an admirable first round in what is destined to become yet another superpowered franchise. Gal Gadot is refreshing; she commands the role with infectious charm and total confidence. Chris Pine slides easily into his often-cast, all-American good guy role. Though despite his claims, his occasionally cringe-inducing dialogue keeps his character from being anything “above average.”

The most crippling factor in what is an otherwise enjoyable movie is its length. The film packs in a heap of narrative ground; spending too much time telling us what is happening rather than showing us. Thick lulls of unnecessary dialogue between the action slows the pacing, making the experience just a little too long-winded for my taste. Although the actual combat is sparse, the audience is treated to beautifully choreographed fight scenes and long, sweeping shots of the ensuing mayhem.

All in all, “Wonder Woman” is a worthy entry into any superhero collection, and definitely a highlight in the DC Extended Universe. It isn’t the revolutionary feminist outcry many were waiting for, but not everything can be “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 6/10