THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WONDER WOMAN (2017)


I cringed as I settled into my lounge-recliner-seat, careful not to spill any popcorn. Wonder Woman was about to unfold in front of us. Almost afraid to look, I sat through the 22 minutes of trailers wondering if someone had straightened the DC Comics leadership out. There simply couldn't be another horribly grim tale that made these four-color comic characters into Shakespearean objects of pain and suffering. We comic geeks watch and support because hey, that's what we do. But do we all have to stare into the abyss every time out??? Thankfully, gladly, Wonder Woman is not cut from the same dark, dank cloth! My hands slowly sank away from my eyes. FINALLY a DC super-hero movie where light is permitted to slip in. I'm sure mine wasn't the only relieved sigh heard in the dark that day.

Wonder Woman is an origin story, documenting her childhood (she was actually made from clay, the only child on Paradise Island where the Amazons live, sequestered from man's world). But when soldier Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash-lands near the island, followed by a boatload of nasty Germans, the Amazons are forced to fight. And when Trevor says that the notebook he found while spying on those Germans could stop the war, Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) goes with him to help. Gadot is absolute perfection as WW. I cannot imagine a better matchup of actress and character. We see Trevor, Diana and a ragtag handful of soldiers fight the Germans during "the war to end all wars," World War I. Danny Huston is an evil General who could actually be Ares the God of War. This is a flashback story (remember that ancient picture we saw in Batman V. Superman) and more of a war story than a superhero flick. But extremely well done. It's lighthearted yet has its sad moments (which are not overdone). THIS Is the kind of film the DC characters need. I can only hope that Justice League has the same mix of gravity, entertainment and fun that Wonder Woman has. Recommended. #97 of 2017.


TLA one-word review: powerful