Wonder Woman took the 2017 summer box office by storm, becoming the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all-time domestically, as well as the highest-grossing movie of all-time directed by a woman.
The movie is perfectly cast, not just with Gadot but Chris Pine as well. His easy, unforced chemistry with Gadot provides the emotional lynchpin of the movie, and works wonders (no pun intended). In fact, it’s the strength of this human element that allows the movie to overcome its narrative deficiencies. In terms of its story, the movie is essentially Thor — a fish-out-of-water romance between an Earthling and a celestial being who comes down to Earth in order to help, and make sense of, humanity. A key twist towards the end of the movie is easy to guess, and ultimately, the flashback structure of the piece is unnecessary, existing simply to add more time onto an already long movie.
Does any of this tank the movie? Not at all. Wonder Woman is still a rousing bit of entertainment, and while it’s not my favorite from the still-young DCEU, it’s gratifying to finally see the DC movies win people over. I only hope that WB and DC capitalize on this momentum with the upcoming Justice League — a movie I have been eagerly awaiting for at least a decade.
The accompanying Blu-ray also looks fine, but WB has packed a nearly 2.5-hour movie onto a BD-50 with about two hours worth of extras in high-definition. Compression takes its toll in the form of noise and some banding. Plus, after seeing the UHD, it’s hard not to lament the relative lack of punch to the colors on the Blu-ray. It’s not a bad disc by any means, but it pales in comparison to its higher definition counterpart.
SCORE: 4.5 out of 5 (4K) and 4 out of 5 (Blu-ray)
Wonder Woman comes to 4K and Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos audio track, which I listened to in 5.1. It is great, making full use of the expanded landscape. Primarily a war film, the movie offers gunfire, explosions, cars, tanks, planes, and more, all of which will give your sound system a workout. Bass is deep, but never drowns out dialogue during the louder scenes. Modern big-budget movies all tend to sound great, and while Wonder Woman never really pushes the boundaries, it’s certainly no slouch in its own right, either.
SCORE: 4.5 out of 5
SCORE: 3.5 out of 5
A good movie with a great A/V presentation makes the Wonder Woman 4K combo pack highly recommended. Extras are plentiful, if a bit slight, but that shouldn’t deter you from seeking this out.