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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Sexist female colony learns to not be so sexist.

PEOPLE: Another DC feature-length Bruce Timm-produced cartoon movie. With Keri Russell (Felicity) as Diana/Wonder Woman. Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy, Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan) as Steve Trevor. Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Doc Ock in the Spider-Man movies, Dead Man, Raders Of The Lost Ark) as Ares, God Of War. Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2, Sin City) as Artemis. Marg Helgenberger (CSI, Erin Brockovich, Species, Tootsie) as Hera. Oliver Platt (Year One, Kinsey) as Hades. Virginia Madsen (The Number 23, Sideways, Dune) as Hippolyta. Yes. Lots of Greek names in this story.

QUIRKS: Based on the comic book. Lots of gender and sexism issues are explored as a side-issue to the main plot, which is the Greek god of war Ares trying to escape his imprisonment and bring havoc to the world.

Anyone ever notice that “Themyscira” sounds like “The Mascara”?

VISUALS: The excellent action anyone would expect to come from any Bruce Timm-produced cartoon over the last 20 years.

MORALS/POLITICS: 1) Don’t let gender stereotypes rule you to the point where you cannot critically think about the other gender. 2) Even Amazons need some dick. (Ooh, did I say that? You just have to watch the movie to see what I mean.)

BAD STUFF/CONCLUSION: Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this just didn’t turn out as well as some of the other comic-based animated movies that have come out in the past few years. Green Lantern:First Flight, Justice League:New Frontier, Superman:Doomsday, and Superman/Batman:Public Enemies were all better.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. Truthfully, this felt like a 3/5 star movie, but I’m giving it a bonus for being so unique, dealing with such a classic character, and breaking through some of the past limitations of previous Wonder Woman incarnations.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.9/5 stars (4.2/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB 7.2/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Wonder Woman fans and superhero cartoon lovers will not be complete without seeing this.

MOVIE QUOTES:

1) Hippolyta: Here the true nature of men is laid bare. What other depraved thoughts must you be thinking?
Col. Steve Trevor: God, your daughter’s got a nice rack.

2) Steve Trevor: So the queen’s kid, you know, the hot chick?
Artemis: Princess Diana.
Steve Trevor: Yeah, her. So, what’s her deal?
Artemis: Her deal is that I will personally castrate you if you come within five yards of her.

COINCIDENCES: (The Number 23, Wonder Woman) 2 movies in a row with Virginia Madsen in them.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: We watched this with Tabbitha and John The Canadien, but we didn’t really talk about it too much afterward. Tabbitha was starting to fall asleep, as we got a late start on this one.

Mood: sandwichappy
Music: Dethklok – At The Murder Site Of Odin