With "Wonder Woman" hitting theaters on Friday, it's time for a look at what the critics are saying: Almost exclusively that it's nothing short of wonderful, thanks in large part to its leading woman, Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
A film that's received gut-wrenching anticipation, most critics praised the film as a complete turnaround for the DC Extended Universe of superheroes since "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad," which both earned mediocre receptions.
Most are attributing the success of "Wonder Woman" to Gadot, the film's female director Patty Jenkins, the film's WWI setting and actor Chris Pine's dreamy blue eyes don't seem to be doing any harm either.
Rolling Stone focused its praise on Gadot, noting that "'Wonder Woman' is hobbled by a slogging origin story and action that only comes in fits and starts," but concluding that " ... dynamo Israeli actress Gal Gadot owns the role, her body-beautiful forged with feminist fire ... The star is unstoppable and spectacular to see in motion."
Buzzfeed called "Wonder Woman" an "endearingly earnest film whose biggest surprises come from how much it diverges in tone and style from the earlier superhero installments with which it shares a fictional world."
USA Today expressed pleasure with the film's divergence in setting from the original comic books' WWII setting, saying "The film's action is explosive and engaging, and a sequence where Diana (Gadot) ventures into no man's land in the middle of a trench battle is stunning to behold.
Business Insider joined in on the praise saying that, "The action is amazing, Gadot is amazing, Chris Pine and his blue eyes are charming, and Jenkins has made a watchable (and rewatchable) superhero movie that gives us hope for more satisfying installments in the DC Extended Universe."
"She is the perfect Wonder Woman," said the Associated Press, "a true blue hero who's as believable in her bafflement of women's fashions and social mores as she is dead-lifting a tank and swatting away machine gun fire with only her arm cuff. I never cared about Wonder Woman before. Now I do."
According to Entertainment Weekly, "it's hard to quibble about what's wrong with a movie that gets so much right, especially when it comes to Gadot's revelatory portrayal of Wonder Woman. The wait is over, folks. The DC movie you've been waiting for has finally arrived."
The New York Times praised the character of Wonder Woman itself, saying she "resists the reflexive power-worship that drags so many superhero movies - from the Marvel as well as the DC universes - into the mire of pseudo-Nietzschean adolescent posturing."
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