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Wonder Woman Is A Winner


I watched Wonder Woman today. DC Comics not only broke its bad streak of superhero movies but made one of the best ones ever, up there with Thor or The Dark Knight. Like Thor, a literal god character, which also usually wasn't the most popular in comic books, is somehow made completely relateable to the audience. It's anyone's explanation why Hollywood writers were able to figure out the God of Thunder or Diana better than they could Superman.

The film could easily be shown in theological courses on the premise of "man's fallen nature" as it takes on the issue head on in very simple terms. The film also successfully depicts World War I, a much murkier conflict than WW2 that traditionally is forgotten by Hollywood.

Then there is the gender thing - there are some conversations between Gal Gadot's Diana and Chris Pine's Steve Trevor that accurately depict how puerile and ridiculous the way we think of gender and sex is. The characters end up developing a relationship through the story that is forged by working with one another through conflict, making it very believable. A major superhero film with a female protagonist manages to go beyond most others in the genre nonchalantly, without needing to remind you they did it.

Without spoiling anything, Wonder Woman also picks up on the flashback/time equation that worked so well in the last few X-Men movies. Like Logan in those movies, Wonder Woman survives as her friends don't, left to reflect on what her survival means.

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