"Wonder Woman," after several dark and dour DC Comics-based missteps, exploded on the screen and captured the zeitgeist like few films -- superhero or otherwise -- ever have. (I walked by a theater in midtown Manhattan and some kids were pressed up against the glass door, looking at a standee, shouting, "It's her!")
Gal Gadot is solid as Diana Prince, an Amazonian warrior thrust into the European conflict of World War I, imbibing the role with wide-eyed wonder and stoic purpose. While the opening is clunky and the climax too CGI-choked, the middle section of the movie, with Wonder Woman interacting with "modern" Londoners and traveling to the front, is some of the best blockbuster cinema in recent memory. Hopefully, other DC movies can learn from her sterling example.