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Movie Review: The Lego Movie
March 24, 2016 By Brett Jett
Hey Wonder fans!
This article was written back in February 2014 when the LEGO MOVIE came out, so some of the time-sensitive statements still reflect this.
I’m actually now in a rush to back-track. There were several articles that I wrote in the last two years but never got around to editing and posting online…until now.
So expect a slew of overdue articles to come out on this website during the next week. But just bear in mind that much of the info has expired, even though I went through and updated some of them to reflect the “now”-tense. Regardless, I hope you enjoy them all.
This Lego article actually marks the first in a series of my ‘REVIEW’ articles where I critique WW’s latest appearances in various mediums, either in film, print, or otherwise. Upcoming reviews will include the BvS trailers, Grant Morrison’s “Earth One”, Jill Lepore’s Marston book, “The Legend Of WW”, the new Sensation Comics, etc. Feel free to let me know of any other WW appearances I should review.
Her first movie appearance.
Well, this is officially Wonder Woman’s first appearance on the big screen…just not quite in the form you expected! Like her first TV appearance, WW’s first big screen movie appearance is in animated form.
So…the very first moment that WW makes her appearance in this flick, was about 41 minutes into the movie! (Didja catch that!? Her debut in the world was in 1941, and here she has her movie debut at the 41st minute!) She was off to the left side of the screen, briefly. She was standing on the steps of some auditorium. Then later she gets introduced while twirling her lasso! Her Invisible Plane also makes an appearance…or a non-appearance (its invisible!). Compare this depiction of the Invisible Plane with the model shown in the 2011 GREEN LANTERN movie!
THE LEGO MOVIE featured the other DC Trinity superheroes too. Superman & Batman get into a lot of action, but WW doesn’t. The one action scene she does get involves her being chained. I thought, ‘Yay! A tribute to something that is just particular to WW!”
The mythology is that if WW’s bracelets are chained by a male, she temporarily loses her super strength. The robots doing the chaining in this movie could be construed as male. But they simply depicted her getting her wrists chained with no indication that she lost her strength. And it was a brief scene. Plus, she wasn’t even wearing any bracelets! So later I got a hold of the WW lego toy that this movie’s WW is based on, and found that it also doesn’t have any bracelets painted on it! WHY? It makes no sense. The bracelets are one of the hallmarks that make WW who she is!
There was an interesting piece of dialog in the move in regard to WW: “I didn’t expect you”, someone said. Although the context of that dialog was different, that statement was very well an echoing of WW’s lack of appearance on the silver screen, and then her sudden appearance in this animated movie.
After that scene, there was NO other spotlight of WW in the movie!
Ya know…its apparent to me that overall, WW was put in this movie as filler, an insignificant character relegated to the background with hardly any dialog and no heroics. She’s not even on the DVD cover with her DC Trinity brothers, front or back! Meanwhile Superman, however lame he is, gets more camera time. But its Batman that is spotlighted as the hero with so much camera time that one would mistakenly think that he’s the main star of the film.
In other words….the DC Trio were configured and treated the same way they were in the old comics. *SIGH*
Michael Uslan was the producer, so that explains the emphasis on Batman! But I’ve had a strange feeling that the writer is a WW fan who knew that WW is scheduled to make a live-action appearance on the silver screen. So I don’t get it…why treat WW like the cliche background character? Was this a joke? Or perhaps a tease stunt to set us up for the surprise of WW’s first live action movie appearance?
Well, that was my review of the LEGO MOVIE. Yep. That was short. But so was WW’s appearance! So now I have enough space/time to review other WW productions…….
As we know by now, WW will indeed make her first live action appearance in 2016, in the form of Gal Gadot! WELL….after how many years of misses, and we finally get something? I must say, that this has been a dream of mine since childhood. Except that I had originally hoped to be the one to make it happen. Regardless, I’m just fulfilled that WW will finally get her own movie! But I heard DC/Warner is going to introduce her via expanding their Universe starting with the sequel to MAN OF STEEL, where the Justice League superheroes will actually be together. Wow. I woulda never guessed they’d do that. I thought MAN OF STEEL was a standalone franchise and that WW would be separate from all that. What a way to introduce WW on film to the Mainstream world. Feeling disappointed that they felt WW could merit standing on her own, I then hear that they’d follow up the sequel with WW’s first solo film.
But will it be done right? They couldn’t even get a modern TV show started (supposedly called “Amazon”) correctly! And if anything, they should’ve named it “Amazon Girl”, which BTW was the name of the fictional in-story movie that was made of WW in the comics…a movie that (like in real life) never saw production! But you know what? All this waiting may very well pay off, as it increases WW’s effectiveness as a remedy for the bloodcurdling masculinity that Mainstream has been exposed to over the past decades!
So as I understand it, MAN OF STEEL 2 will feature Superman fighting Batman? And then I hear that Captain America will be fighting Ironman!? Wow. Such a classic battle in the real world….paragons of heroism versus rich white men. In that case, my surmise is that WW will serve as a buffer between Superman & Batman, breaking up their fight, thus fulfilling the loving womanly role that Dr. William Marston created her to be.
I gotta figure exactly what this story would be about. Its the first meeting of the Trinity. But more on that in later articles. Let’s talk about Gal Gadot. I know, many people out there disapprove of her, mainly due to her body not being up to par with the WW fanatics who believe she “should” be voluptuous. Hmmmmmm! There’s a reason why I approve of her:
I actually knew Gal before all this. Heck, I wanted to marry this exotic Fast & Furioso!….before I found out she’s already married to this blond guy who could very well pass for Steve Trevor! But I had never ever thought of her as a WW candidate! I was surprised to hear her name when she was chosen for the part. But then I thought about it, and it made sense now…more so than Ben Affleck as Batman. (But…I’m not a Batman expert.) I’m glad they went with Gadot instead of Megan Gale, whom I believe would’ve projected the typical bland background WW that you know from the JLA comics.
Its just as Zack Snyder said. Gal has that certain magic that is associated with WW. I wrote an article about WW’s beauty, how its more of an intuitively perceived beauty that has less to do with how much makeup she piles on. Gal has all those qualities that the article talks about. I can definitely see her walking through a crowd full of supermodels & celebs, yet be the one whom the men have their eyes on. Why? Its that inner game (Go here: http://www.worldofsuperheroes.com/2014/12/secret-wonder-womans-secret-identity-beauty/).
Furthermore, there is historical printed evidence that Gal was destined to play the part all along! In fact, take a look this interesting synchronicity: Take the first initials of all 3 actors who’ve ever been filmed in the WW outfit to seriously (not parody) play WW….Looking chronologically forward in the time stream, you’ll see the L-A-G in progress….but if you look at it from an optimistic POV while looking back in time, you’ll see that a certain G-A-L was written in the Stars to play her someday!
Bottomline, I put my stamp of approval on Gadot, and am proud of this latest—and first live movie—incarnation of WW….Wonder Gal!
Things are looking good for WW these days in Mainstream. I’d say her rise from rock bottom started with the JMS Tangent, followed by the New52, then 2011 Pilot (Palicki), then Lego WW (except this one!), and now Wonder Gal!
Each incarnation explored certain aspects of WW, but all of them are valid. Had Adrianne Palicki been allowed to finish a season of David E Kelley’s show, it would’ve shown more of WW’s inner personality. While Wonder Gal was meant for the movies, and will show more of the adventurer and warrior aspects. Both incarnations are different, yet they both stay true to the character in different ways.
Once WW makes her live action film debut, I will review the heck out of Gadot’s portrayal. And of course, likewise with her solo movie. And then it’ll be the last time all of you fans will ever hear from me, Brett Jett. For living to see a solo WW movie come to fruition (& reviewing it) was my ultimate mission coming to the internet Mainstream World. After which I’ll return to my own “Paradise Island” and finally know peace.
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