Let's all play DC bingo!
Hmm that’s weird, didn’t even get to yell “BINGO!”
Actually with DC Bingo, you usually just let out a dispassionate groan. Yes, DC for once decided to stop shitting itself with its clothes on and delivered a good movie.
The action is solid, cinematography is fine and most of the jokes land. Unlike Marvel's witty one liners Wonder Woman actually devotes entire scenes to comedy set pieces that showed a confidence in its writing that few other action films have. Even better than that it managed to mesh the humour with the more serious themes than Dr Strange ever could. All the elements work so well together that even Chris Pine emotes for once and manages to out-act the timber that he is named after – a rare feat indeed.
So all in all not much to complain about, with the exception of only understanding every third word Gal Gadot says. Either she is trying to sound "Amazonian" or the coked-out of his mind Palestinian bloke I met at a house party was telling the truth about Israelis being lizard people in disguise.
And that's about it, a very solid action movie, well except for the big thing...
Oh hello Rey! Didn't think I'd be obligated to write about you until Christmas time (As we all know Star Wars is now a December tradition much like eating too much during Xmas lunch, and my mother hastily changing the topic when elderly relatives ask what I'm doing with my life).
It's really great that we now have strong female protagonists, but let's not make them all Mary Sues. Both Wonder Woman and Rey are good at everything they do; their only flaw is being a bit naive. Wish fulfilment characters are rarely interesting, to be truly engaging personal weaknesses need to be written into the role. Imagine Daredevil without his Catholic guilt, Captain America not being the namesake for an America that no longer exists and Superman without his Kryptonite being written by Zack Snyder.
It's taken decades for us to get female leading roles - seriously Wonder Woman has been in developmental hell since 1996 when Lucy Lawless (who you just remembered existed) was slated to play her. Let's not leave it another 20 years for us to write well rounded ones.