I saw "Wonder Woman" last Friday evening and, for the almost two-and-a-half hours I sat watching, I kept waiting for this movie that was supposed to be The Movie To End All Movies to engage me, pull me in, take me away, but it just didn't.
Too often the characters' motivations for their actions were unclear to me. And for all the action and special effects, I thought there was a lack of dramatic tension. Somehow it just didn't pop.
Not that I didn't appreciate some of "Wonder Woman's" principle motifs.
I liked the mythological references, in theory, except that the whole mythological origins thing never did quite coalesce for me - how exactly was Wonder Woman created? Why exactly was her mother opposed to her becoming what she was created for? Why didn't any of the Amazons let her know what she was created for? In fact, what exactly were all the Amazons doing on that island, anyway? None of the half-explanations of things were ever really clear to me, including the Ares, God of War thing.
Though, again, I did in theory like the Ares, God of War thing, as well as the World War I backdrop; I just found the connection between the two a bit confusing and not fully formed, like everything else in the movie,
In fact if you've never heard it, here's a link to a Youtube recording of Holst's "Mars, The Bringer of War."
But I guess "Wonder Woman" didn't need Gustav Holst's music to break all theater attendance records its opening weekend when it had
I don't know. Watching "Wonder Woman" didn't make me feel particularly empowered. Just a little bored.
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