Monday, 24 July 2017

Wonder Woman [Movie Review & Giveaway!]

Happy Monday!

I was very excited to see Wonder Woman. When my sister kept going on and on about her as a superhero, I wasn’t enthralled. But the glimpse we saw of her in Batman vs. Superman had me completely convinced that I was going to love the movie. I’m a huge fan of:

a)      Her sense of style. She RULES in that outfit.
b)      What she stands for. Feminism to the max.
c)      SHE’S JUST BEAUTIFUL. That’s not a reason to love her but it’s semi why I did :P

There’s also Chris Pine in this movie. I liked him as an actor due to his performance in This Means War, a movie I shamelessly rewatch over and over again. Also, he is some serious eye candy.

Now let’s get to the review before I start sounding too shallow…


The movie itself did turn out to be pretty great. It has a strong and steady plot that builds from the beginning and follows through all the way until the very end. I wouldn’t say that the suspense is very high, but it is a quest-like journey with enough pitfalls and problems thrown into it to make it an exciting watch. I also really liked that before it all got started we got to see a bit of her history, and where she came from. It brought a closeness to her character and provided all the necessary backstory that we needed.

I also liked how her mindset about what to do contrasted with everyone around her, but she still stuck true to what she believed. I especially appreciated it because this is a movie set in a historical period, and because she came from an island of only females, she didn’t understand the concept of women being ‘put in their place’ or needing to be ‘protected.’ Yup, this movie had feminism written all over it, and I loved it.


While we are on the topic of the feminism aspect, I actually really appreciated this novel being set during world war one. I get the generally feeling that world war two is more usually depicted in books and movies because it was the most recent world war, and there are those still living who have stories and memories about it to share. (Excuse me if I am mistaken.) So I really appreciated this war being chosen, and from what I could tell it was mostly historically accurate. Although this movie did leave me thinking: what on earth was she doing during World War Two? Hmm… maybe another movie in the future?

Ah, the costume and fighting scenes were pretty epic in this movie. I liked all the graphics too. Nothing was overdone, which is a feeling I have been getting quite a bit from the Marvel superhero movies lately, and from Batman vs. Superman. Here the balance seemed to have been handled perfectly. I have to admit there were times when I got a bit annoyed at the random slow motion moments in the battles – sometimes they slowed down at irrelevant moments in the fight? But that aside, it was all done really well.


The messages about love, about learning (the song by Sia and Labrinth gives me life and perfectly relates to the movie) were epic. Also, about sacrifice and staying true to oneself. During the movie, there were little bits of wisdom imparted that kind of shocked me by how insightful they were. One moment was when Wonder Woman was asking about a watch, and he responded by saying it was for telling the time. And her response was, “You let your life be controlled by that thing?” Or something along the lines of that. And it gave me pause and made me think – how much do you let time control you? Is that necessarily a good thing? Can we possibly rise above it?

I love when a film makes me think, even if it’s just a phrase that brings me to that point.

The only downside to this movie was its predictability. I would say there were three plot twists, or elements to the storyline that we weren’t supposed to be see coming. Out of the three, two were easily predictable and I guessed them pretty much from the opening of the movie. I don’t doubt that many others did too. However, it didn’t make it any less of an enjoyable movie. It wasn’t so much the plot twists that were the cause for excitement here. It was the development of her character, the movement along the storyline, and the significant moments within it all that built up the movie.


All in all, this was a really good movie which I greatly enjoyed watching. It wasn’t the most mind-shattering movie ever, but it was so much fun, and quite deep at the same time. The themes and the messages came across nicely but never distracted from the movie. The main character and the love interest look good together. The soundtrack is epic. What more could I ask for?

Oh, and it was only later on that it was brought to my awareness that this was the first superhero movie where the main character and main superhero is a female. I can’t believe we have gone this long without one, and that I didn’t even notice. It’s all the more reason to make sure you go and see the film!

Other than more Wonder Woman movies in the future, pretty please ^.^


Giveaway! True to my word, due to my partial absence, the giveaways continue. Enter to win an e-copy of Walking Barefoot by Grace Coleman. Open internationally!


Olivia’s Question: Who is your favourite superhero? (I have like, three favourites, so you can say more than one!)

Olivia-Savannah x

39 comments:

  1. I need to see this!
    Mine are Zorro and Spiderman :) Oh if you haven't yet, you should see the newest Spiderman for sure!

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    1. I'm not a fan of Spiderman but everyone is saying this about the movie so I am gonna have to watch it now :)

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  2. I loved this movie so much! I went to see it with my 12 y/o brother and he loved it as well. <3

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  3. So happy about all the love this movie is getting - yes, women can star in and direct an action movie and it can be awesome!
    Jen Ryland

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  4. I was going to see this but at the last minute decided to see War for the Planet of the Apes (which is really good) but Wonder Woman is definitely next on my list. As for favourite superheroes, I've always been partial to Batman.

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    1. I am glad that you could enjoy the War for the Planet of the Apes as well. I love Batman a lot! He's my number one favourite ^.^

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  5. Mehh I can't believe I haven't seen this yet! I really wanted to when it first came out and then I just never had the time. I can't believe we've gone this long without a female superhero MC either! It's gone on way too long and hopefully more will be made in the coming years. In any case, I'm so excited to hear that you liked it! If you did, then it's pretty much a guarantee for me :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I hope you can find the time to see it very very soon in that case. It's unbelievable that we have, but hopefully we can even things out in the future gender wise.

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  6. One of my friends told me I had to see this movie- but so far I haven't gotten to the theater. Your review makes me want to go see it before it is out of the theaters here. It does sound amazing. Wonder Woman was always my favorite when I was growing up. I had my Wonder Woman Underoos and thought I was her. :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. That's such a cute image and memory! Hopefully that is something you'll be able to do, because this is one movie that is worth it :3

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  7. My girlfriend and I walked into the theater. I was all decked out in my WW t-shirt, ready to get my girl power on.

    Me: Two tickets, please.
    Cashier: I'm sorry. We're all sold out.

    I'm mentally thinking, WHAT!? NOOOO!! My GF and I ended up watching Pirates of (something), and that turned out just fine. I had popcorn to smooth my wounded feelings over. :D

    I can't wait to watch this seeing how you've enjoyed it so much.

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    1. OH NO DD: I am so sorry to hear they were all sold out! I am glad you had that healing popcorn there and a good movie regardless. Hopefully you can see it soon?

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    2. Haha. Popcorn always helps. =)

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  8. Really like your review. I was wondering about wonder woman ;) I heard lots of nice reviews and see it did really well in theatres.

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    1. You should try and watch it if you get the chance to, Calvin. :)

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  9. I loved this one too! I also caught a bunch of little nuggets of wisdom. I'm hoping for at least two more movies devoted to her. I'm also hoping that Justic League won't be as bad as Batman vs. Superman was. Hopefully they learned.

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it! The wisdom was such a nice touch. Oh yeah, I really REALLY hope they have learned and it can be more like this one...

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  10. I can't wait to see this movie! My favourite superheroes are Ironman and Spiderman!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Iron Man is brilliant :D

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  11. I really want to go see this movie. I grew up thinking I was Wonder Woman. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. She is quite the iconic figure. I am sure you and your daughter will love it <3

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  12. I don't have bad words or complaint about this movie. It's superb from beginning to end. Gal GAdot is perfect for the role too. Love it and can't wait for the next WW movie!

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    1. It really was the ideal film. I'm waiting right along with you ;)

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  13. I love your reasons for wanting to see the movie lol, but I'm glad you ended up enjoying it for a bunch of diff reasons! I love characters who stand by what they believe, even when others don't agree. And I think a lot of books/movies are predictable. As long as the characters development and story are good, it's def still cause to get excited!

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    1. I can be shallow sometimes, but oh well, that's me xD You're right - the journey matters just as much as the outcome :D

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  14. All my friends are telling me to watch this but I haven't got round to yet. It seems amazing, I hope watch it very soon!

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    1. Eeee I hope you do! And that you love it too!

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  15. I need to see this film, I don't think I have heard a single bad thing about this film!! Thanks for sharing, it does sound brilliant!!

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    1. I haven't heard a bad thing about it either. It's too good for that :)

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  16. All over my friends are saying great things about this movie. I'm waiting for my daughter to come home so we can watch it together.

    Thanks for your review, Olivia!

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    1. I hope you'll both be able to love it when you watch it together x

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  17. I loved this movie so much! I'm wearing my Wonder Woman PJ's as we speak, ahem.

    The fighting here was soo great! I actually loved all the slow motion during the action haha, I don't know, it just got me all excited and made me see all the details. I think this movie has the best fighting scenes than any other current superhero movie does, it's one of the things I enjoyed the most.

    And it did have a lot of great messages :) I do hope there are more to come.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Those must be some seriously epic PJs ;)

      I am glad the fighting worked so well for you! It wasn't to my style, but something different works for everyone. I really am looking forward to the more in the future.

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  18. I loved this movie! You're really right about the feminism aspect. It was, along with the fashion, one of my favourite aspects. As you say, she sticks with her own mindset. And that was part of her strength and intelligence. Not often movies depict women in such a way, and so this was great to see! Looking forward to the next installment of the series.

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

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    1. The fashion was done so well in the movie and I can totally see you appreciating that aspect of the movie more than most :) She really is a role model in terms of independence.

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  19. I am looking forward to watching this movie.
    I was hoping to see it this summer but I have been going to the movies with my son who has dictated the movies we watch (bonding time so I have to let him have his wish). Maybe when it comes out on DVD I'll be able to watch it.
    Sounds very entertaining and I like Chris Pines too. He's so easy on the eyes :P

    Dinh Arlene's Book Club

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    1. It's so nice that you and your son have been going to see movies together! Ahaha yes, Chris Pine is real easy on the eyes :D I hope you'll be able to see it soon ;)

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