Wonder Woman attempts to tell the origin story of DC's strongest (arguably) superheroine, one who also has one of the most confusing origin(s) in DC comics as well. When Steve Trevor crashes into Themyscira and is rescued by Wonder Woman, she is compelled to involve herself in 'The Great War' because she's convinced that Ares is behind the global conflict. So Diana heads into war, against her mother's wishes, and is as naive and wide eyed as Bambi was.
Diana's origin is about as cliche as they come, and it shouldn't have been. The entirety of Greek mythology is boiled down to Zeus=Good - Ares=Bad. There is a reason as to why the Greek pantheon is such an endlessly fascinating mythology. Explore it. What about the other Gods? What about Mount Olympus? What about New Genesis? And since there's a "New Gods" movie in development, that will perplexingly be directed by Ava DuVernay, why not explore the Old Gods (who created the motherboxes) and the New Gods, ie, Darkseid? This could have set up Justice League (and the DCCU) in a big way, but they go for a very typical coming-of-age tale instead. What about the backstory of the Amazons, and Diana? What about Hephaestus? Diana simply picks up her costume with no explanation of it whatsoever? What does it mean? Even I came up with a logical reason as to her costume, but here it's just something that catches her eye. Lazy writing. How do the Amazons sink a German destroyer with little more than some arrows? How does Diana grow up not knowing that she's much more powerful than every other Amazon on the island? The Amazons all have these predictable 'one-trait' personalities. None of them are fleshed out. Why does Apiote sacrifice herself to save Diana when "only a god can kill a god"?
The editing has no flow, and is quite often jarring. Gal Gadot gives an... uneven performance. Chris Pine continues to show that he's unable to create even a single spark of romance between whoever he's paired with, whether it be Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, or Gal Gadot. Although the romance between Diana and Steve was poorly written and was given very little time to develop. Every other supporting character was wasted and was only there to fill some sort of SJW checklist. The Turk complaining about wanting to be an actor but lamenting that he's "the wrong color", despite the fact that the first "color" movie hadn't even been made yet. Full of presentism and anachronisms. The wandering Indian complaining that he has "no land". Let's see how many other minority issues we can pack into this movie. The feminism was handled better than I thought it'd be, but there were still a couple of moments that I questioned. One was how the old trope of how a woman would hit a man and then flex her wrist in pain that was flipped around. Here it was Steve Trevor who had to flex his wrist in pain after punching another man. It does happen, if you don't know how to throw a punch properly, but Steve Trevor is a highly trained soldier. Overall though, it was handled... okay. It was no Ghostbusters, let's put it that way.
The fight choreography and action sequences were both overdone and unimpressive. This is Wonder Woman, arguably the most skilled fighter on the planet, and yet we see very little from her to justify that. The cgi overload complaint was overblown, but it was particularly bad in some places too, and if you want to see how bad, just look at Wonder Woman riding her horse into battle at the end. It was reminiscent of the old western movies. The amount of slow motion was more than Zack Snyder put in MoS, BvS, and JL combined. The idiocy of the final act is on par with Captain America: The First Avenger. Not quite as bad, but it's up there.
The villains were incredulously underdeveloped, and what the hell was Ludendorff sniffing that made him a physical match for Wonder Woman? How did he not feel the massive sword Diana "hid" down her back when they were dancing? And why did no one at a party for the German victory think to say something about a woman walking around with a sword strapped to her back? Why was everyone speaking English? These might sound like nitpicks, but these things really needed to be better thought out. Ares should have been an immensely menacing threat, he's the God of War! The physical embodiment of death, carnage, and destruction. Ares is a heavy hitter in the DCCU. Ares should have been more like Sauron from the first Lord of the Rings movie instead of David Thewlis in a mask and a mustache.
The quixotic ideal of Wonder Woman that love conquers all was trite and reminded me of the ludicrous Guardians of the Galaxy finale. The Germans weren't really bad guys, they were simply tempted by Ares influence and were really nice guys. Diana spares Doctor Poison's life, let's hope she doesn't find out that the allies would most likely hang her for war crimes. That... could be awkward. And how would that explain practically every other war in human history? Which leads into the paradox of Wonder Woman. Diana constantly espouses peace, love and pacifism, and will kill anyone who gets in the way of that. This also segues into the fact that this movie probably should have been R. Wonder Woman is brutal, when she has to be. She's been raised as a warrior after all. Not to mention that World War 1 was probably the single most terrifying war fought in human history. I'm not trying to belittle World War 2, but World War 1 was a meat grinder, and the trench warfare was the stuff of nightmares.
I was against Patty Jenkins directing Wonder Woman because she got the job for one reason and one reason only, her gender, but I was still hoping that she'd do something special with Wonder Woman. She didn't. Despite all the excessive critical acclaim that's been heaped on this movie. This seems to be becoming a 'thing' now in Hollywood. Segregation is alive and well folks. What happened to the Godkiller that we saw in BvS? And I still think that Wonder Woman should be able to fly. This movie would have been better off it stayed in Themyscira and explored its mythology, and expanded the DC Universe in that way. Instead of it being not much more than Captain America with a skirt. I wasn't expecting much, and I was still let down. To me, Batman v Superman is the best movie in the DCCU, by far. I'm not even sure if I liked Wonder Woman more than I did the disastrous Suicide Squad. I mean, Suicide Squad was bad, but it was at least an interesting failure. Wonder Woman wasn't even interesting. It was predictable and boring.