It is a good idea to wait until audiences see a film, before buying the initial hype that a movie is amazing. Batman v Superman was touted as a masterpiece before it hit theaters according to the hype. When the film hit, and fans were less-than amused, word leaked that only Warner Bros. executive saw the film early, and that is where most of the hype came from. The film didn’t fare well with audiences or critics. Could Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman, be the amazing film that everyone says it is, and change the direction for DC films?
Most early screenings of films garner their fair share of praise and negative remarks. There is no franchise that is immune to this process. Even if a film is great, there will still be a fair number of critics who will pick it apart when they write their review. Even James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 couldn’t escape this, although most critics loved the film.
This is really no indication that a film is great or horrible, it is merely a stepping-off point. Most films will get praise and negativity. This is just the way criticism works. That is what is surprising about the early reviews for Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman. There is no rift between reviewers, every one of them loved the film, and although some say it is rough in spots, it is the film DC fans have been waiting for.
Does this mean that Wonder Woman is going to be great? I cannot answer that, but here are some early reactions for the film:
“Loved WONDER WOMAN. She reminds me of Christopher Reeve’s Superman: true north superhero w/ no angst or cynicism, which is needed right now.” – Mike Ryan, Uproxx
“Happy – no, RELIEVED – to report that #WonderWoman is truly good. Funny, stirring, kick-ass, romantic. A solid, entertaining superhero film.” – Adam B. Vary, Buzzfeed
“WONDER WOMAN: Easily my favorite DCEU film. Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs. Gadot and Pine are charming as hell.” – Kate Erbland, Indiewire
“Very pleased to report that #WonderWoman is the best DC movie since THE DARK KNIGHT. I’m already looking forward to seeing it again.” – Silas Lesnick, Coming Soon
“I loved Wonder Woman. First act’s a bit slow, but it’s optimistic, emotional, and ‘gasp’ funny. Best DC movie so far.” – Dave Schilling, Bloody Disgusting
“Wonder Woman is the easily the best DCEU movie so far. It’s got heart and a love of heroes. Pine and Gadot are charming beyond measure.” – Haleigh Foutch, Collider
“Wonder Woman is solid. Definitely a step up from the last few DC movies. Its retro war vibe makes it feel like their Captain America.” – Dave Kevlar, Yahoo
“Happy to report ‘Wonder Woman’ is a blast and @GalGadot is fantastic. Her chemistry with Chris Pine is magnetic. Absolutely recommended. Best part of ‘Wonder Woman’ is the film has really funny parts and an optimistic and heroic protagonist. Great step forward for DC Films.” – Steve Weintraub, Collider
“WONDER WOMAN is great. My favorite of the recent DC movies. It’s fierce, funny, well-written and badass. @GalGadot owns it. Her lasso FTW” – Erik Davis, Fandango
“I’m now allowed to reveal I enjoyed Wonder Woman! It’s really good. Has the heart & humanity DCEU needed. I’m not reviewing it FYI” – Jim Vejvoda, IGN
“Wonder Woman is everything you want in a #WonderWoman movie & more. It’s the film even DCU critics will love.” – Mark Hughes, Forbes
“I’m finally allowed to say it: I loved #WonderWoman! I teared up watching her fight. The Amazons kick ass!” – Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia
“Wonder Woman is a flawless superhero movie. Loved every second of it. Amazing work, @PattyJenks!” – Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider
“The most wonderful thing about WONDER WOMAN is the wonderful Wonder Woman. Gal IS Wonder Woman. Now then, about WONDER WOMAN.” – Josh L. Dickey, Mashable
“Wonder Woman is the best DCEU film so far. The heart of Gal Gadot’s Diana powers it, and the shift from mythic into WWI story really works. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor is also my favorite Chris Pine performance. #WonderWoman.” – Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend
“DC is absolutely on the right track here. Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as #WonderWoman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs. Rough parts? Sure. But guys, guys, YOU GUYS! You’ll truly LAUGH. And you’ll walk out, for once, feeling downright inspired by a DC movie.” – Alisha Grauso, Movie Pilot
“Wonder Woman is the DC movie I’ve been waiting for. It’s exciting, inspiring, funny, and has some truly awe-inspiring action scenes. There are certainly some issues, like a mismatched 3rd act, but I’ll discuss that in a longer review. Overall though, Wonder Woman rules.” – Germain Lussier, io9
Enough said. I cannot wait to see this film!
“Wonder Woman” hits theaters on June 2nd.
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