In the recent flood of superhero movies, several have managed to be quite good — but “Wonder Woman” ranks as one of the few great ones.
Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure. It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre.
It accomplishes this feat even while being an origin story, although thankfully screenwriter Allan Heinberg (a TV vet making his big-screen debut) never overdoes the introduction of familiar cohorts and gadgets — we don’t even get the invisible plane this time around — nor does he waste narrative real estate on setting up the next six movies in the DC Comics screen universe, outside of the occasional point of juncture.