Wonder Woman is the movie the DC Cinematic Universe should have started with. With 3 failures under its belt, this film is a breath of fresh air. While nothing exceptional, the Wonder Woman is quite enjoyable and the action scenes are top-notch. The sidekick character is likable, the humor is fitting and well-timed, and the characters... well, they\'re in-character and their motives are understandable. It\'s a testament to how bad the other DC movies have been so far that this is considered exceptional, but let\'s stop talking about the other movies. Considering Wonder Woman as a standalone movie: Strong themes are carried through the movie. While the feminist theme is obvious, it\'s also nothing radical. In that era, men are the cause of most evil, because women just couldn\'t do anything back then. But it\'s not as if all women are good and all men are bad - nothing is clear-cut here. This is especially true with Diana\'s ideals. Everything she\'s learned is tested against a world she\'s never seen before with horrors she literally could not imagine. She was born from the gods and was raised on (possibly factual) fairy tales; and so she believes her quest is very traditional and fairy-tale-like. She\'ll defeat the Big Bad and everything will be okay again. And this is a really important message and a strong theme of the movie I liked. Diana may have super strength and speed, but she can\'t fight human nature. She can\'t take on an entire World War by herself. While other characters know they have to leave innocents behind to suffer while they complete their mission, she considers it evil, but mostly because she can\'t fully comprehend the scope of the entire war. So the big reveal, the not-really-a-twist comes when she slays the Big Bad... and nothing happens. The war continues. As the audience expected. This should be a big profound moment of realization for Diana when she understands how the world really works. But wait! There\'s another twist! It turns out she killed the wrong Big Bad. The true Big Bad shows up. They fight. Our sidekick does what he can do to complete the mission. The real Big Bad is killed... and then the war ends the very next day. What did we learn here, folks? Something about human nature and how greed will naturally drive men to war, and you can\'t stop it without changing the very nature of humanity itself? Oh wait, no, the lesson was that if you kill one guy and the war doesn\'t stop, he was a decoy. So kill the other guy and everything will be OK. That\'s... uh... very deep. Honestly, this film could have done much better without Ares in the movie at all. Just... leave him out completely. She should have had to learn the hard way that there just isn\'t always one bad guy who\'s the source of all evil, and she has to learn to deal with that.
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