So, by now I'm sure that everyone reading this has seen Wonder Woman. The movie is a breakthrough for the DCEU, and is very good overall. However, people are seriously overrating it. I mean that they are calling it best movie of the year, comparing to movies like The Dark Knight, and I've even heard some people say that it is the best comic book movie of all time.
So, I have decided to break down the flaws of Wonder Woman. Be mindful that I enjoyed this movie quite a lot, and think it was an amazing movie overall. But, no movie is without flaws. I will organize the flaws into different sections, and certain points may overlap multiple times, as they may be related.
Feel free t-ho tag me and tell me flaws I missed, or things that I mentioned that may not be flaws at all. Don't dismiss the flaws as irrelevant or nitpicking without and evidence, either.
From the beginning of the movie, Diana begins her character's arc. She starts as a young, ignorant girl that soon becomes a mature adult warrior. However, she still has learned nothing of men and in many ways is still quite ignorant. Everyone seems to tell her that men are not to be trusted. Diana ignores the constant scolding of the Amazonians, and escapes with Steve Trevor. She is very out of her element when she arrives to London, setting up the "fish out of water" theme for Diana.
She eventually starts to learn more about men, and with each encounter she learns more about their true nature. However, despite what everyone tells her, she still blames Ares for the malicious nature of men. She wants to blame one individual for the war that killed millions, to simplify the conflict. When she killed the General that she thought was Ares, and the fighting didn't cease, she was heartbroken. Of course, Steve knew all along that men were malicious, as he grew up in the real world. Diana's realization makes for a great character arc, and had the film ended there, or had Diana saved Steve and stopped the poison, the movie would be near-perfect. The realization makes way for a deeper and more tragic ending, and a more realistic one as well.
But NO. That had to have a huge CGI boss battle at the end. When the real Ares was revealed, the film effectively destroyed the themes and arcs that it attempted to set up. Ares WAS behind the war all along! They tried to make it look like Ares didn't full-on control men, ("I only suggest") but this fell flat on its face as well. It is so incredibly obvious that he was behind it all, and many details point to this. For example, the Germans and British soldiers hug each other and laugh as if they were family once Ares dies. WHAT?! There are so many problems with this detail. First, they just witnessed a giant magical CGI monster fight a woman... they should be afraid and confused! Second, why are they hugging?! They don't know each other. They are enemies, and Ares dying does not change that. They should AT LEAST be pointing rifles at each other out of the fear that the enemies would kill them and their friends. But hugging? Way over the top.
And it isn't like the hugging detail is needed to ruin the movie. Without it, the entire arc still dies. Ares is still clearly behind men, by "whispering thoughts into their heads." His statement seems like a lie overall. The scene also felt out of place visually. A giant CGI battle, complete with magic, lightning, explosions, and cheesy exposition by the evil villain. It made no sense. Dr. Poison appears out of nowhere, and Diana must kill her? Why?! She had already been slaughtering many apparently innocent soldiers (who are simply doing their jobs, and are under Ares' control...) so I don't see why killing ANOTHER evil villain would hurt. Diana's character wouldn't change a bit as a result.
And then we have Ares, the old general that was (SURPRISE!) actually a villain all along. That twist was so predictable. In fact, I even told myself when I saw him "he looks evil, I can tell..." secretly in my head. Was anyone surprised at all? I doubt it. Ares had no clear or justified intentions, either. It's like he was simply evil from the start. Then Ares talks a whole lot (flashback included!) and it seems so cliche. Wait, WHY is he in his old-man 1910s disguise when he falls from Olympus? Why isn't he a badass monster, or AT LEAST some buff young god-like guy?! Why exactly is he controlling man? Wait, he's trying to show Zeus that his creation was imperfect, right? Then WHY is he controlling men and making them fight each other? That isn't proving ANYTHING. Overall, his intentions were poorly written and I couldn't relate to him at all. Moreover, the fight was just out of place in general. The movie so far felt like a somewhat serious war movie, and it was also giving me a very realistic vibe. Then, in only 2-3 minutes, in looks like Patty Jenkins copy-and-pasted a scene from an Avengers or Transformers movie. The CGI battle had too much magic and explosions that it felt way out of place. These scenes are all fine and dandy in an Avengers movie, because the movie already has an unrealistic and light-hearted feel. However, Wonder Woman didn't need an over-the-top CGI boss battle. The tone when she fought the General seemed reasonable enough, and a prolonged hand to hand fight would be fine. However, explosions and lightning are more appropriate in a Michael Bay movie. And that's what it felt like. The tone was thrown off because of the fight.
Wonder Woman's villains are terrible, to say the least. The movie has three main villains, and they all had their flaws.
Ares: I said it earlier and I'll say it now. Ares was awful, and his character made no sense. He looked really strange for a villain. And old man wearing armor? Why can't he change his appearance to appear more... you know... menacing. The least they could have done was have him turn into a giant, god-like, buff warrior. But of course, just give him some armor. Think I'm nitpicking? Well, apparently he looked like that falling down from Olympus as well! Why? Don't know. Undercover as a general, Ares had a great look. He looked like he was from the 1910s. But, as a badass evil god? He looked more like Alfred the Butler than Ares, even with the armor on. Now, appearance isn't everything. Sadly, Ares fails at everything else as well. The reveal that they made was SO predictable and not surprising at all. I saw it coming in the first scene of his introduction. And then we have his decision making and motivation. WHY would Ares reveal himself? He wanted to turn Diana to his side (so incredibly cliche) but I'm not buying that. You want to approach the ONLY person that can kill you, and have her help you? WHY?! Just stay hidden, and continue to manipulate men. And, also, he did a terrible job at convincing her. YOU'RE A VILLAIN. LIE! If I was Ares, I would be lying my ass off to Diana. He admitted to manipulating the minds of men (why wouldn't he manipulate Diana, he totally gave himself away) and told the true story. He should have denied that he ever controlled a man. He should have made Zeus the villain... act like the Amazonians lied to her. I could go on and on, but it matters little. When he told Diana his story (because we totally needed more exposition. And yes, there was a flashback.) I couldn't get behind his motivation. I didn't understand why he was controlling men, or why he tried to take the power of Zeus for himself. He seemed to be evil because the plot demanded it.
The General: I know he had a last name (starts with an L I believe) but he was so boring and immemorable that I forget what it was. This guy wanted to be Hitler SO BAD. Give him Hitler's mustache already! And then you have his German soldiers. They wanted to be Nazis so bad! I swear, I don't care if Captain America: The First Avenger was in World War 2. Either make the movie's setting WW2, or make the characters act like it is set in WW1. The General is pure evil, and for no reason. Pure evil villains aren't very compelling. For them to be compelling, they have to be scary (not horror movie type scary, but threatening.) Carnage and Joker are great examples. They are just insanely evil psychopaths. And yet, they are still amazing villains. They are threatening enough to make you feel tension when something involving the villain happens. The General was pure evil, with no motivation, and he wasn't threatening. I realize that Ares was controlling him, but that makes him even less interesting. He became another useless forgettable pawn in Ares' plan.
- Dr. Poison: This lady had REAL potential. Steve's dance with Dr. Poison gave more insight on the character of Dr. Maru, but not enough. She was too evil in other scenes, and that dance didn't make up for it in the least. She was so close to becoming a compelling character, but she wasn't. Two scenes ruined this. First we have the scene where they gas the general in one room. This scene showed how evil they were, and it wasn't even necessary. They killed them all, and then through in a gas mask for them to fight over despite the inevitable death. It was an okay scene until the point when they said "They don't even know the mask won't work! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!" Of course the laugh was a cliche evil laugh as well. That scene only displayed the useless evil character of Dr. Poison. And then you have the scene with Ares and Dr. Poison, when she appears in the midst of the awful CGI fight. I just kept wondering what is she doing here? Why does Diana need to kill her? How does this reveal anything about Wonder Woman's character? SHE IS ALREADY A MURDERER ARES! SHE ALREADY KILLED SOLDIERS MULTIPLE TIMES! Dr. Poison had no place in that scene. Furthermore, that scene took away from her true evil self, like the movie couldn't decide if she was human or evil. She DESERVED to die, but she survived because... Wonder Woman chooses love? (Despite killing several soldiers, and these are innocent men drafted for war. They have families, they have friends, and apparently they were under the influence of Ares. Very loving of you Diana.)
You can't deny it. The villains were on a cartoonish level of evil.
Chris Pine and Gal Gadot have wonderful chemistry, I'll admit that. However, the characters of Steve Trevor and Diana Prince DO NOT have any chemistry whatsoever. The love felt so forced and out of place. This would be forgivable, if not for their one night stand. Now, allow me to explain. Early on in the movie, it is established that Diana is very old-fashioned and formal. She doesn't understand that Steve cannot sleep on the bed he made her, and throughout the movie she is quite unaccustomed to the ways of humans in the 1910s. It seems very unlikely that she would fall for Steve at any point in the movie, and it seems more likely that she would humiliate him with rejection. Likewise, Steve Trevor is from the 1910s. Back then one night stands were unheard of, and premarital sex was flat out unacceptable. Now, Steve clearly has feelings for Diana. What isn't clear is why he would sleep with her. His culture is VERY old-fashioned. During WW1 things were not like it was today. Most people didn't bat an eye when Diana and Steve slept with each other (I assume) because today that is very culturally acceptable. However, the movie isn't in 2017. It is is the 1910s, and Steve Trevor even says on the boat that it isn't acceptable for a man and a woman to sleep together outside of marriage. It just doesn't add up at all. Diana doesn't seem like she'd fall for Steve, and Steve doesn't seem like he'd sleep with Diana.
And then there's the sacrificial death of Steve Trevor. After telling Diana that he loves her he climbs in a plane and blows himself up. Not sad at all, because it was predictable. I actually liked Pine's character, but the death felt too cliche and predictable to be meaningful in any way. Had he been unexpectedly shot, I'd feel sad. However, they foreshadowed the death far too much. I knew Steve was going to die once he inaudibly talked to Diana, because it seemed like that was the only reason they'd include such a scene. And then 10 minutes before his death, Trevor has this obvious look on his face as you know he's making a suicide plan. Just another reason for Wonder Woman to feel guilty and sad, I guess. How cliche.
Overall, the movie was a good movie. Best DCEU movie yet, but it doesn't even come close to most of the other greatcomic book movies that have come out. Comparing it to movies like The Dark Knight is ridiculous, they are in completely different leagues.
What do you guys think? Do you disagree? Tell me why please!