Warning — Spoilers Ahead
This flick is quite an improvement for a DC comics movie. It actually had characters that I cared about; ones that you hope succeed.
First of all, you have Wonder Woman. She is easy on the eyes, has lots of close-ups to take advantage of this, and furthermore looks good in period clothing. She doesn’t “mug” for the camera (think Ghostbusters), is not obnoxious (yugo girl type), and has a bit of spunk at somewhat appropriate times. Seemingly, they calibrated her to actually be likable
The second main character is the current Captain Kirk, Chris Pine. His character tries to do the right thing; going about his business in a non-preachy manner. He understands the limitations of the world, adapting to them in the best way he sees how. This is the most likable character of the film
The main baddie turns out to be an Englishman pacifist leader in the mold of Neville Chamberlain. In reality, he is the Greek god Aries, using pacifism in a cynical way to start and prolong wars. The fact that he is the main baddie is the primary plot twist, as we (and Wonder Woman) are led to believe that German Quartermaster General Ludendorff is the main baddie. As plot twists go, this one was kind of effective.
Naturally enough there are glaring plot holes. Many are annoying. Particularly egregious is the one when Chris Pine’s character feels compelled to pilot a bomber containing extra-bad mustard gas a few thousand feet into the air and a few miles away from the base before sacrificing himself by blowing it up. Supposedly the extra bad mustard gas would be neutralized by the combustion of the bomber. If this is so, why didn’t he just blow the bomber up on the ground? With him a safe distance away? Alas, Wonder woman needs someone to Pine for and take inspiration from.
The flick has continual specific digs at men and the evil Patriarchy. Stuff like “secretaries are slaves”, “women should be able to vote”, “women should be allowed entry into the places where important decisions are made”, “men are not worthy of the awesome purity of women”, “women are oppressed because they feel compelled to wear girdles”, “WWI London sucks and is the product of men”, etc.
One annoying theme is that the pure Amazonians are compared to the greedy, untrusting,jealous, evil men that created WWI. That reminds me of Hillary’s assertion that women suffer most in war. Also, of the “white feather girls” who traipsed about shaming men into volunteering for military service by questioning their manhood. GirlWritesWhat comments on this in the video below
Another big theme was that “what matters is what you believe”. This is downright silly. Feminists and SJWs in general, believe all sorts of thing that do not mesh with reality. We all pay a price for that. Right now, we apparently can afford this. Perhaps not in the future.
To sum up, here is a DC comics movie that doesn’t suck. The messages that it is trying to drive home can be annoying, but still it works as a story. Lastly, Wonder Woman looks good without being an “in your face feminist”.