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Just back from watching Wonder Woman, I know, and you thought it was me?  But no, just the new movie.  Being a feminist, how could I not go out and see a great, female superhero or should that be heroine?  At last! Someone to challenge the male domination!   The film had received pretty good reviews and overall, it was (I feel I should have a long dramatic pause here...Oh no!  It's the brainwashing!  It's working!)...well, it was ok.  Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) was great, hot to trot and men and boys everywhere will love her and the actual fight scenes were good too.  That girl can kick ass and a half!

However, (you knew that was coming) it did drag a bit especially in the first half.  I almost fell asleep a couple of times and the acting was all very earnest, a lot of the ‘deep and meaningfuls’ going on.  They did try to introduce some light relief, Chris Pine as 'Steve Trevor', basically reprised his 'Captain Kirk' persona but it sort of clashed as the film couldn't seem to make up its mind if it was supposed to be serious or tongue in cheek, but it did liven up a bit in the second half, more action, less seriousness and more..er!.. comedy?...Well, sort of...

There's not much to say about the story line; basic goodies versus baddies superhero stuff and no real surprises but we don't go to see these for the political and social insights or the spiritual growth now, do we?

I do have to warn you though (and if you are Scottish, look away now!) there is a Scottish 'character' who is so..so..soo...obnoxious..(sorry, Scotland!)  I began to think, 'maybe I've been too hard on Jar Jar Binks'.  This 'character', obviously based on 'Willie' from the Simpsons, has all the complexity and cultural depth of a puddle in the Sahara at the height of summer.  What can I say?  Scots everywhere, I feel your pain...

There are also a few other sad, lazily drawn, film and cultural stereotypes tagged on to try and appear politically diverse and lighten the mood.  A sort of poor man's 'Village People' so to speak, but with crap music and no choreography.  The only saving grace, is that because this is set in the past and is merely filling in Wonder Woman’s back story, we’re almost guaranteed to never have to look at them again. Amen to that!

So, if looking at a hot girl kicking ass is your thing, then by all means, go.  But, if it’s not, then give it a miss because there’s little else worth looking at.  As far as I know, there are 2 more films planned, I can only hope they do better next time, but then when you start this low, there’s only one way to go.  Here’s to hoping…

 

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