The film is 2017's Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman hits most of the right notes for a comic-book movie. Unfortunately, it hits all the right notes for a DC Extended Universe picture.
First things first. Is this largely a sexist portrayal of women? Yes. The United Nations even weighed in on the topic.
Wonder Woman is sexist, and it’s not just the thigh-high wedged boots. Wonder Woman is sexist in the sense that the costume, characterization, and even period setting in which we find the titular heroine is indistinguishable from any previous incarnation. And if the previous incarnations were sexist, what separates this from them?
Gal Gadot’s acting along with her stilted accent significantly harms delivery of several key lines in the film.
The no-man’s land scene is hard to watch without provoking the kind of laughter normally reserved for ephemera like Reefer Madness.
This movie illustrates the commoditization of comic book movies.
Comic book movies have become the TV of the film-acting world.
The writing of Wonder Woman is poor. Early on, we are introduced to a WWI-era military scientist wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask. The diabolical plot is to invent a gas that can physically penetrate a gas mask. This includes the offending gas F=MA’ng and cracking the glass lenses of the gas mask. “I’ve got to get that gas to go through the mask!” says the military scientist. Then Danny fucking Houston shows up dressed like a WWI-era German officer playing a WWII-era German Nazi.
This movie is the modern evolution of the pulp comic. The 1994 movie The Shadow was a blended-pastiche of pulp and noir serials. 2017's Wonder Woman is not pastiche. It’s formula. If you’re an actor, don’t go for a comic movie, it’s beneath you.
And that’s all I have to say about that.