Wonder Woman (2009)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Film  |   Release Date - Mar 3, 2009 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Craig Butler

Wonder Woman is a noble attempt to give the comic world's most famous super-heroine an animated feature deserving of her fame, and for the most part it succeeds in its mission. Granted, there are some flaws. The screenplay gets a bit chaotic in places, trying to perhaps squeeze a bit too much into its limited 75-minute running time. Exactly what Ares is up to and exactly how it is intended to play out is not presented as clearly as intended, nor is the explanation for his drastically increased powers convincing. The last minute arrival of the Amazons in the climactic fight is a bit forced, and it seems unlikely that Steve could fly all the way to Themyscira to intercept a missile and return to Washington DC in such a relatively short time as is presented here. It also should be noted that certain sequences, especially the opening battle, are very violent and may not be appropriate for younger viewers. These flaws are minor, however, and Wonder Woman is overall a very entertaining movie. There's wonderful chemistry between Diana and Steve, and Steve's womanizing behavior leads to some very amusing moments, especially when he's ensnared in the lasso of truth. Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion are tops as the voices of Diana and Steve, Alfred Molina is a delightfully evil Ares, and Oliver Platt a totally creepy Hades. The backgrounds are exceptional, the animation is very good for a project with this budget and director Lauren Montgomery knows how to deliver in the action sequences.