Wonder Women Review & Parental Guidance
After a jam packed weekend, we decided to go see Wonder Woman tonight. Emagine offers free popcorn on Tuesdays, so it seemed like a good day. With school in it’s final weeks, my daughter was fine to stay out late.
Wonder Woman Thoughts
Wonder Woman was first introduced in the DC Extended Universe in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This Wonder Woman film is her origin story and is a standalone film. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen Batman vs Superman. The only reference to it is an old photograph that Bruce Wayne showed Diana. In the opening scene of Wonder Woman, Diana is working at the Louvre in the present day and receives a briefcase from Bruce Wayne with this photograph. It show her fighting in World War I Europe which is a major plot element of this film.
After the opening scene in present day, the film flashes back to Diana’s childhood on Themyscira. Over the years, we see Diana’s desire to learn to fight like the other warriors and learn the history of the Amazons. As she comes into her own as a warrior, Steve Trevor finds his way to Themyscira with the Germans hot on his heels. Diana leaves with Steve with a goal of ending the War to End All Wars (WWI).
At the end of the movie, it returns to the present day timeline. I was a bit disappointed in this transition. There’s no real explanation for why Diana has not aged in 100 years. They also don’t explain what she has been doing in the intervening years. For example, was she involved with World War II or any other conflicts over the years. Wonder Woman 2 is planned, so it is possible that it will be covered then.
Wonder Woman has a run time of 2 hours 21 minutes. The movie would have benefitted from leaving more footage on the cutting room floor. There were some definite slow points.
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My husband knows more about the original comics back story than I do. His recollection was that she originally participated in WWII instead of WWI. He speculated that they changed the timeline to create more of a distinction between Wonder Woman and Captain America. In my opinion Marvel did the fish out of better storyline better since it had a lighter tone and could play it for laughs.
In my opinion, Wonder Woman is the best of the films in the DC Extended Universe reboot that started with Man of Steel. We have not seen Suicide Squad which received bad reviews. 2016’s Batman vs. Superman was simply too crowded with story lines.
Wonder Woman Trailer
About Wonder Woman
Warner Bros. Pictures provided the following description of Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world this summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”). Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead,” FX’s “Better Things”), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming “Ashes in the Snow”), Eugene Brave Rock (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”) and Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”).
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers.
Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”). The music is by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Legend of Tarzan”).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Tencent Pictures, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Parental Guidance for Wonder Woman
This weekend my brother mentioned that his 7 year old loves Wonder Woman and wants to see the movie. He was not sure that it would be appropriate for her. The movie is rated PG-13.
Overall, the movie has a darker, more serious tone than some superhero movies. Parts of Wonder Woman are more like a war movie showing the atrocities of war. Once Wonder Woman reaches the front, things start to improve in the war, but they show enough of war injuries before then. They
Most of the rating is earned on the basis of violence. Beyond the violence, there are a few scenes where Diana and Steve pass those injured in war. Missing limbs and amputations are shown. In some way, this may be more disturbing than the action violence.
There is some implied sexual content. Diana comes across Steve getting out of a pool and it is implied that he is naked. A couple of conversations seemed like they were going to veer into a discussion of sex, but then turned away from it. They are also kiss in a bedroom and are shown leaving it the next morning implying they spent the night together.
Between the darker I would recommend the movie for ages 9+ – based on the child.
While the movie has some flaws, I do recommend it to fans of comic book movies. As the mother of a daughter, I was particularly happy that I could take my daughter to see a movie that was solely focused on a female superhero.