Wonder Woman (2017) Friday, 03 April 2020

Wonder Woman (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and action violence.

  • The pitch:

    The time has come.

  • Starring:

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Ewen Bremner, Danny Huston, Eugene Brave Rock, Saïd Taghmaoui

  • Directed by:

    Patty Jenkins

  • Running time:

    141 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Suicide (a man ingests a suicide pill, a man sacrifices himself to trigger an explosion). Characters are shot (bullets/arrows/burning arrows), slashed, run through (arrows/swords), stabbed, speared, punched, kicked, hit with objects, lassoed, blasted through the air/to the ground/against objects/out of a window, thrown from a horse/out of a plane, near-drowned, throat-grabbed, pile-driven, tied up, crushed (implied), headbutted, gassed, pushed aside, roundhouse-kicked. A plane crashes into the sea/pilot's leg caught in sinking aircraft. A masked person dies in a chemical experiment (coughing/struggling/damaged gas mask). World War I setting (muddy trenches, military aircraft/munitions/experiments/soldiers/weapons/vehicles/ships/bases, gas masks, barbed wire). Explosions (factories/warehouses/aircraft, fireballs, heavy gunfire, grenades thrown. Bar fight. People jump from high ledges, fall down the side of a high tower. People whip horses trying to get them to exit mud. Property damage, the bell tower of a church is destroyed, rubble, devastated countryside. A character tears the ground up, earthquake-style. Weapons training/sparring, objects smashed/crushed, objects/vehicles thrown. Chained man seen. An animated painting depicts battles between gods and humans. A sword is known as the God Killer. A character is nicknamed Doctor Poison. Characters shoos lightning-style electrical charges from their arms/hands. Slavery, homes and villages looted and burned, innocents killed, smuggler, murderer mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming (babies/children). Blood/gore: (The film is mostly bloodless.) Dead bodies on ground/swinging from a rope. Injured soldier with blackened/bloodied leg stump. Bloody cut on arm, blood drops on clothing, blood on hand/shoulder/bandage. Sword pushed through chest (no blood/gore seen). A character has a faceplate covering part of her burned/scarred/fleshless face. Burn mark on chest. Frothing at the mouth (from suicide pill). Walking wounded returning from battle (bandages/crutches/wheelchair, etc). Scars, bruising. White skin/blue veins seen in a man's face when he inhales a strength-enhancing gas. Skulls seen in museum cabinet. 25 million people dead, women and children slaughtered mentioned.


    A man and a woman discuss sleeping together (reproductive biology, pleasures of the flesh, procreation, laying/sleeping beside one another while unmarried mentioned). Nude male in bath (pubic area very briefly glimpsed/hand cupping genitals), shirtless man. A man flaps his kilt over a fire (underwear visible). Nude characters seen in painting (genitals/breasts obscured). Kissing, handholding, flirting, ogling. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. A man says he is "both frightened and aroused" by a woman's actions.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, hip flasks; intoxication). Bar setting. A man inhales a strength-enhancing gas. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe).


    (There is no swearing in the film.) Name-calling (cowards, stupid, sweetheart, little thief, distracting, idiot, etc). Religious references (gods) and exclamations (what the bloody hell was that, thank God, my God, etc).


    Wonder Woman, mankind, World War I, armies, chemical experiments, poison gas, peace, gods, sisters, spies, super strength, archaic attitudes toward women, armistace, metal fabrication, dysfunctional families, love, origin stories, saving the world, innocence, goodness.


    Dead sister/aunt, dead friends, dead lover. World War I trenches, bar settings. Armadillo, bull, dogs, peacocks, sheep. Waterfalls. Leather, fur worn. Some foreign languages (Spanish, French, ancient Greek, Chinese, Sumerian); subtitles/translation.


    Wonderful, standalone, ass-kicking, high-stakes, smart, slick, satisfying, rollicking, feminist, assured, sly, chilling, groundbreaking, gritty, retro-cool, resonant, funny, formidable, hopeful, surprising, cinematic, gorgeous, powerful. Compelling/convincing/fearsome/athletic/optimistic heroine, standout/thrilling/dazzling/balletic/zippy/inventive/explosive/engaging/visceral/ethereal battle sequences, unexpected/electric chemistry between leads, well-earned laughs, superb costume design, vivid locales, never preachy/heavy-handed.


    Weak villains, unnecessary/eye-rolling/formulaic/routine/overlong/loud/airless final half hour, annoying/distracting accents, imperfect CGI, some far-fetched script/plotting, some ham-fisted dialogue, broadly drawn supporting characters.

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