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I was half way through this movie when I had to check the IMDB to double check to confirm this was actually listed as a comedy. Surprise! It is... I think I may have smiled to myself once. Goldie Hawn has not aged well and Amy Schumer is just annoying (I'm not a huge fan of hers). I'm sure this looked great on paper...but they should have burned it. There are some entertaining supporting players, but really they aren't used all that much. This film is just...meh.
Regardless of the Scocio/Political statement this film tries to make, it turns into an unevenly acted series of increasingly brutal and gory murders that become redundant and boring. It also has some of the worst makeup effects I've seen in a long time.
This film features a very strong cast, great production design and some effective visual effects. Unfortunately, the narrative comes across as very uneven as it can't seem to focus on any one genre. Is it a horror film, science fiction creature feature or an intriguing espionage film? It has a few effective "boo scares", and some fairly gory scenes that make you go "ewww", but overall it doesn't seem to know where it's going. If you haven't seen the other "Cloverfield" films, it's probably best to see the original, as they kind of tie together.
When I was much youger, in my late teen's and early 20's, I was an avid comic book collector. In fact I even worked with a good friend of mine when he started his own comic store. During that time I was never a big DC fan, and always preferred Marvel which is generally still the case. I've never liked Superman and Batman all that much, always leaning towards The X-Men and the like and The Avengers. So, settling into Wonder Woman, I really wasn't that hopeful.
Boy was I wrong! I found this film completely entertaining. I think that Gal Godot may be one of the most beautiful women in cinema today, and thought that she and Kris Pine have great screen chemistry. I think that Patty Jenkins is a fantastic director and that this movie looks amazing with great action set pieces and a terrific supporting cast. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
The one word that kept popping into my mind when watching this film was "lame". Dylan Minnette gives his all but can't help the plodding direction and no ending script. This was a highly disappointing film, that ultimately became nothing more than a poor man's slasher flick. It left itself wide open for a sequel, but let's hope I'm wrong.