Let’s say something from the outset. “Wonder Woman” is a good movie.
It’s far better than the disastrous “Suicide Squad.” And the film’s bubbly spirit makes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” look like a college lecture by comparison.
That said, “Wonder Woman” is no “Dark Knight.” And that’s … OK.
Only tell that to mainstream movie critics. They’re using the film, which features the first female superhero in a lead role since the genre exploded with 2008’s “Iron Man,” as a cause celebre.
These aren’t just movie reviews. It’s like a hashtag campaign from fawning fans.
Here are seven examples:
Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
“What lingers … is the feeling of hope that the movie brings, that it someday might be possible for female rationality to defeat male brutality.”
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
I literally had tears in my eyes during the awesome Amazonian stunts in #WonderWoman. Robin Muthafuckin Wright.
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) May 24, 2017
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“Wonder Woman” has raised the bar. Now let’s see if the boys can clear it.”
Angelica Jade Bastien, RogerEbert.com
“I felt my heart swell watching Antiope smirk during an intense fight and Hippolyta’s tender scenes with Diana. “Wonder Woman” is like nothing that has come before it in how it joyously displays the camaraderie among women, many of whom are women of color and over 40.”
Rob Hunter, FilmSchoolRejects.com
“It’s taken entirely too long for one of the two comics giants to deliver a true big-screen solo feature for one of their female heroes, but happily the day is finally here. And she does not disappoint.”
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
“It matters that a woman is calling the shots on this movie; Diana and her fellow warriors are figures of simple, admirable strength, and while there’s a simmering romance with Trevor, the love scenes are modest and appealing, with Pine’s prettiness working for him — he knows he’s the girlfriend here.”
Jan Moir, The Daily Mail
“I have to admit, my heart soared. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”
To be fair, not everyone found “Wonder Woman” super woke. In fact, The Village Voice whined that the movie just didn’t hate men enough.
“But when the separatist compound must accommodate an interloper — Steve Trevor, fished out of the sea by Diana after his plane goes down — any hopes that Wonder Woman will sustain its appealing misandry are soon dashed.”
You can’t please everyone…