Reviews: Wonder Woman 2009

Hasn\'t Stood the Test of Time

So it has has been almost a decade since the release of the 2009 Wonder Woman movie and in that time there has been a failed attempt at a Wonder Woman TV Series and a successful attempt at a film adaptation last year with the 2017 Wonder Woman movie so how does this adaptation of Wonder Woman hold up to the 2017 Wonder Woman. Simply put, I don't think the former holds a candle to the latter.

There are a number of issues with the 2009 film, not the least of which being the rather poor writing of Diana herself in the film. In the 2017 film Diana is presented as a wide eyed idlest who sees the best in people and who is willing to go out onto the battle field because she feels it's the most she can do. Diana in the 09 film is a rather arrogant person who spends most of her time complaining how much she dislikes the world of man and who's first and last resort to solving any problem is now and always with violence making a number of her scenes hard to sit through.

There's also the matter of the films message. In the 2017 movie the message is sometimes people do horrible things but they are still worth fighting for regardless because there are good people who, like Diana, seek to do the right thing because it's the right thing. The message of the 09 film is not all men are sexist perverts who are only capable of ruining the world. The problem here is that every single male character in this film is either a pervert, sexist and only capable of ruining the world.

The only male characters of any signifigants in the 09 film is Steve Trevor, who spends most of the film trying to get into Diana's pants, and Ares, who is trying to destroy the world. The only other male characters we meet are a few thugs who try to mug Steven and Diana so the message of the film comes off as hollow while the message of the 2017 film remains rather nuanced due in large part to how limited Ares role is in that film.

The film isn't without it's strengths through, I do like how they kept closer to Diana's origin story as I am not a fan of the Daughter of Zeus plot from the New 52, I do like the final battle in this film a little bit more then the 2017 movie and the acting is good overall. However, for me the flaws of this film kept me from enjoying it as much as the 2017 movie and on the whole I just don't think its really aged that well.