Wonder Woman hits theaters this weekend and the movie is already getting rave reviews from critics (as of this writing, it has an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Here are just some of the glowing reviews the film is getting:
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From Entertainment Weekly: “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.”
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From Variety: “Wonder Woman is the first major studio superhero film directed by a woman, and it shows in a number of subtle, yet important ways. As skimpy as Gadot’s outfits may get, for example, Jenkins’ camera never leers or lingers gratuitously—Diana is always framed as an agent of power, rather than its object. When she finally unleashes her full fighting potential in an extended battle sequence on the front lines, the movie comes alive in a genuinely exhilarating whirl of slow-motion mayhem, and Diana’s personality is never lost amid all the choreography.”
From The Associated Press: “[Gal Gadot] the perfect Wonder Woman—a true blue hero who’s as believable in her bafflement of women’s fashions and social mores as she is dead-lifting a tank and swatting away machine gun fire with only her arm cuff. I never cared about Wonder Woman before. Now I do.”
And seriously, those are just a few of the amazing (dare we say WONDERful) reviews the movie is getting. It’s not just a win for the filmmakers and for star Gal Gadot, it’s a win for gender equality, both onscreen and behind the camera.
Wonder Woman is the first-ever female-helmed mainstream superhero movie (even though Marvel’s extended universe started in 2008 with Iron Man and Warner Bros. has been making big budget adaptations of DC properties since 1978’s Superman). Fans have been clamoring for a female-led hero movie, and Wonder Woman marks the first time a major studio has taken a female comic book property and turned it into a big budget film.
And, somehow, even in 2017, that was seen as a “risky” move by some people. Wonder Woman‘s amazing early reviews bode well for its box office success (the word of mouth surrounding the film is insane), which should *hopefully* encourage studios to invest in more movies about and by women.
Because that’s the other piece of this puzzle. In addition to representing a win for women onscreen, Wonder Woman also marks a moment of success for women who dream of working behind the camera—it was directed by indie filmmaker Patty Jenkins (expertly so, by all accounts).
So take note, studio executives: The world is ready for powerful women onscreen and Wonder Woman is the proof.
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