Did I like it?
There is not much I actually liked about this movie. I only got negative points. It was a terrible movie and the DCEU is still not up to par with Marvel. By far. I know that the comparison is not popular, but it has to compete with the other cinematic universe. It’s a superhero movie after all. Okay, let’s get going.
– World building
It has no. There is no other DC character (except a small notice from Batman) and that is all. I don’t want to compare it with Marvel again, but how should I stay invested in this universe when there is no other character to relate to? You could argue: “It’s in the World War I, why bother.” Although it is not very broad in world building, it should have had at least something that refers or relates to the upcoming Justice League. And without needing to spoiler alert here: There was not even a post credits scene. “You may argue: “Why compete with Marvel by copying their way of producing movies?” As I said: How can the viewer relate and invest himself if there is no inner universe to relate or invest with. Warner Bros. seems not to be very eager to make this universe work. It seems they do not care for inner consistency lor things like ike easter eggs or references to cater to observant fans. What a shame.
– Too slow
The fighting sequence in the warehouse in Batman v Superman showed how to potray an engaging and visceral fight without making compromises like too much cutting or a shaky cam. It was a good visual presentation. Wonder Woman on the other hand chose a lazy route to potray all its fighting sequences. With slooooow motion. Almost all sequences that depict fighting rely heavily on it. It was a really, really overused effect. And this effect made the fighting boring and lousy. It takes the fun out of the sequence or situation. You can’t get into the sequence and root for the hero because the slow motion spoils this. One slow motion per movie is okay; or two. Not more. The fighting sequencnes – even though it slow motion – was average. Just average. Not neceissarily bad; just average. It showed Wonder Woman kicking ass and that’s fine. I mean: What can you do with a superhero in World War I? The filmmaker did their best to make the moust of this setting and that is totally fine.
– Poisenous acting
This movie had no real villain. (I am not spoiling.) The presented villain was a character named Dr. Poison. (Because she is a chemical expert.) And throughout the entire movie, she only had three short scenes and there all including her making use of the gas she developed. Jeez, that was boring. And then her acting. I am aware of her wearing a mask, yet she only had two different views in her eyes throughout the entire movie. Either she was too confident or too wondering. Like: “Oh, look what I created. My creation is so good. I am so good at this.” Burp. No. It was terrible. And she is not the only one. The supporting cast, which was given little to no background, were also terrible. Plus, they did not serve the plot or the protagonist. They were supporting actors and that’s all. They could have cut them and it would not make a huge difference. The only good actor in this was Gal Gadot. Her potrayal felt natural and genuine. She is a good actress.
– Please, don’t let me be misunderstood
After two hours full of use of slow motion and stiff acting, or overacting at some points, was another terrible thing that repeated all the time: Misunderstanding. The whole thing of a-hero-leaves-his-world-and-is-confronted-with-a-different-one works for like five jokes. In this case, it was used over and over and over again. Probably like twenty times in a row there was a mísunderstanding of Wonder Woman and it wore of pretty quickly. You can make a few jokes here or make the protagonist wonder (haha), but not all the time. The viewer gets it: She does not know this world. The writer should have focused on her trying to understand this world and not let her stumble from misunderstanding through misunderstanding.
Bottom line: The DCEU was dead on arrival.