Column: Movie Mondays
Let me get straight to the point: I didn’t particularly like this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Wonder Woman, I always have and I always will. The first movie was really amazing, and I would watch it 10 times over if I could, but the second movie did not give it as much justice as it should have. The first movie made $822 million dollars in the box office, had a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes(out of 100%), and had a 4.0 on audience ratings (out of 5) so yeah, you could say my expectations were pretty high for this next movie.
Maybe it was my fault for putting my expectations so high, but can you blame me? The first Wonder Woman won a Kids Choice Award for favorite movie, Mtv Movie and Show award for Best Movie, an Empire Award for Best Film, a Satellite Award for Visual Effects, even a Teen Choice award for Best Summer movie. So, of course, I would expect the sequel to be just as good or even better than the first.
Here are some reasons why I didn’t particularly like this film:
The story line dragged on a lot. By that I mean the movie definitely didn’t need to be 2.5 hours long of Steve and Diana. Of course, I was expecting an interesting story line, new characters, a villain, yes, it's obvious, BUT I think that storyline was wasted, wasted on things it didn’t need to be wasted on.
The whole “how Cheetah became a villain” evolution was definitely rushed and kind of bad. Yes, they somewhat followed her origin story but I think they could have followed her exact origin story and made it a bit less … boring? Let’s just read a couple lines from an article I found on how Barbara Ann Minerva became Cheetah …
“Barbara Ann Minerva always had a reputation for going to any lengths to retrieve the artifacts she was after. Her attitude, unsurprisingly, resulted in tragedy. After growing increasingly obsessed with mythology and divinity, Barbara Ann took her team deep into the wilds of Africa, only to be trapped and forced to participate in an ancient, arcane ritual that cursed and transformed her into a human-cheetah hybrid with a lust for blood.”
That sounds more interesting than the whole movie itself.
3. If you watched the trailer, you would expect lots of action, even if you haven't, it's a superhero movie, for god's sake, of course you would expect some action, right? Well sorry to add on to my list of negativity, but there isn’t much of that either. If I’m being honest, you're gonna get three major fight scenes in the movie and none of them are super eye catching. I wasn’t impressed.
Look, my list can go on and on, but I’m only limiting myself to these main three because I feel they are more important than what I think about Kristen Wiig playing Cheetah, okay? Don’t take these to heart, it’s an opinion on a movie. You might have different views on it, and that’s okay … but I really really hope we can agree that Kristen Wiig should not have played Cheetah.