‘Wonder Woman’ worked wonders this weekend!
The long-gestating ‘Wonder Woman’ whacked doubters to oblivion. Certainly if whopping weekend Box Office is anything to go by!
Alongside rave reviews hailing “the best D.C movie since ‘The Dark Knight’”, Patty Jenkin’s Amazon blockbuster swallowed up a stellar $203 million within 3 days.
With a hefty budget of $149 million, the film has already eclipsed such; beckoning rousing success not only for D.C, but the world’s wondrous feminist community.
Given all the fuss surrounding female-only screenings of the high-flying film, it’s terrific to see audiences putting prejudices aside and attend in droves to D.C’s first female-led super-saga.
Indeed, in financial terms, ‘Wonder Woman’ may well be the most successful female flick of all time; not only led by a woman, but directed by one too.
Therefore, I really wish I could conjure more enthusiasm for it. Feel free to call me a freak, but I was never wowed while watching ‘Wonder Woman’.
On a feminist front, it’s certainly subversive and thrillingly so. Yet is there really anything else we haven’t seen before?
Beyond its furious warrior princess, the film played proceedings safer than sweaters; resorting to the standard formula of increasingly generic Marvel movies.
Both Gal Gadot and Chris Pine – widely praised for their performances – were bland and convoluted CGI chaos clogged the final hour.
Given this politically correct climate, may I wonder if this superhero movie had been male-headlined whether praise would be quite so universal. Moreover, had ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ been masterpieces, would we be on our knees in worship of Wonder Woman?
Still, this digital age of Twitter being the misogynistic black hole it is, reception being so radiant can only be treasured. At least, it’s not ‘Suicide Squad’!
Meet Roshan Chandy
Freelance film critic, journalist and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Specialises in cinema.
Roshan's Top 5 Films of the Week
1. A Quiet Place: Part II (in cinemas)
2. Cruella (in cinemas)
3. After Love (in cinemas)
4. Dream Horse (in cinemas)
5. Frankie (in cinemas)
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