First social media reactions to a movie, especially from either film festival crowds or from people attending press junkets, are always to be taken with caution. Said reactions can, and often do, go overboard in spouting praise much of the time, or condemning failure at others.
We saw it earlier today as social media reaction for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” at Cannes was spouting Oscar talk, whereas actual reviews, though still very positive, were more measured in their enthusiasm.
That said, it’s hard not to get excited about the social media reaction towards Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” which has been extremely positive across the board. Even early reactions to James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” though many were full of praise, had a sizable contingent of reviewers who had some big issues and weren’t so enamoured with it.
There’s no such caution or divide here, the praise from the first critics to have seen it is coming from all corners and even the biggest criticisms have been only that it’s ‘a little rough’ towards the start and end – and those who’ve mentioned that say it doesn’t detract from the overall film.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Here’s some of the reactions thus far:
“Loved WONDER WOMAN. She reminds me of Christopher Reeve’s Superman: true north superhero w/ no angst or cynicism, which is needed right now.” – Mike Ryan, Uproxx
“Happy – no, RELIEVED – to report that #WonderWoman is truly good. Funny, stirring, kick-ass, romantic. A solid, entertaining superhero film.” – Adam B. Vary, Buzzfeed
“WONDER WOMAN: Easily my favorite DCEU film. Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs. Gadot and Pine are charming as hell.” – Kate Erbland, Indiewire
“Very pleased to report that #WonderWoman is the best DC movie since THE DARK KNIGHT. I’m already looking forward to seeing it again.” – Silas Lesnick, Coming Soon
“I loved Wonder Woman. First act’s a bit slow, but it’s optimistic, emotional, and ‘gasp’ funny. Best DC movie so far.” – Dave Schilling, Bloody Disgusting
“Wonder Woman is the easily the best DCEU movie so far. It’s got heart and a love of heroes. Pine and Gadot are charming beyond measure.” – Haleigh Foutch, Collider
“Wonder Woman is solid. Definitely a step up from the last few DC movies. Its retro war vibe makes it feel like their Captain America.” – Dave Kevlar, Yahoo
“Happy to report ‘Wonder Woman’ is a blast and @GalGadot is fantastic. Her chemistry with Chris Pine is magnetic. Absolutely recommended. Best part of ‘Wonder Woman’ is the film has really funny parts and an optimistic and heroic protagonist. Great step forward for DC Films.” – Steve Weintraub, Collider
“WONDER WOMAN is great. My favorite of the recent DC movies. It’s fierce, funny, well-written and badass. @GalGadot owns it. Her lasso FTW” – Erik Davis, Fandango
“I’m now allowed to reveal I enjoyed Wonder Woman! It’s really good. Has the heart & humanity DCEU needed. I’m not reviewing it FYI” – Jim Vejvoda, IGN
“Wonder Woman is everything you want in a #WonderWoman movie & more. It’s the film even DCU critics will love.” – Mark Hughes, Forbes
“I’m finally allowed to say it: I loved #WonderWoman! I teared up watching her fight. The Amazons kick ass!” – Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia
“Wonder Woman is a flawless superhero movie. Loved every second of it. Amazing work, @PattyJenks!” – Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider
“The most wonderful thing about WONDER WOMAN is the wonderful Wonder Woman. Gal IS Wonder Woman. Now then, about WONDER WOMAN.” – Josh L. Dickey, Mashable
“Wonder Woman is the best DCEU film so far. The heart of Gal Gadot’s Diana powers it, and the shift from mythic into WWI story really works. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor is also my favorite Chris Pine performance. #WonderWoman.” – Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend
“DC is absolutely on the right track here. Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as #WonderWoman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs. Rough parts? Sure. But guys, guys, YOU GUYS! You’ll truly LAUGH. And you’ll walk out, for once, feeling downright inspired by a DC movie.” – Alisha Grauso, Movie Pilot
“Wonder Woman is the DC movie I’ve been waiting for. It’s exciting, inspiring, funny, and has some truly awe-inspiring action scenes. There are certainly some issues, like a mismatched 3rd act, but I’ll discuss that in a longer review. Overall though, Wonder Woman rules.” – Germain Lussier, io9
“Wonder Woman” opens in cinemas on June 2nd.