THEMYSCIRA — "Wonder Woman" is finally here and it is the movie we had hoped for. Funny, action packed, emotional and all in all a really good movie. But that's what Dave Clyde's review was for, this is a little different.
This review is to give you a heads up about what is in the movie content wise, so you can make educated decisions about it for you and your family.
Here's what parents need to know about "Wonder Woman":
"Wonder Woman" is really low on language. And when I say low, I mean virtually nonexistent. It is PG-13, but the harsh language is more like a PG movie. There may be one or two curse words during the more than 2 hours and 20 minutes of the film, but nothing that is going to catch you off guard. There also is no use of the so-called "R-rated" word throughout the movie.
This section is kind of interesting because there are overtones and conversations about sex, but at the end of the day, the movie is fairly mild in this respect.
Yes, Diana Prince is in a fairly revealing battle suit for a majority of the film and yes, many of her female counterparts on the island of Themyscira are also exposing a fair amount of skin, but it never felt like the filmmakers were going for a sexy tone. The outfits were played more for a tactical effect than a sexual one, and I appreciated that. The women did not feel like they were being objectified.
I can't say the same for Chris Pine's character, however. There is a specific scene where he comes out of a bath and only his hand is covering up some "vital" areas. This is played mostly as a joke, but know a good amount of skin is shown.
There are also some conversations of sex; one, in particular, that doesn't get too graphic but is played comically, and there is an act of sex that is alluded to but nothing is shown.
There are a couple of stronger moments in the film, but other than that the movie is quite tame on this front.
Here, as with most superhero movies, is where "Wonder Woman" earns its PG-13 rating. There is a lot of fighting in the movie and a lot of people die. It's not necessarily graphic, but it is at times gruesome. Aside from men and women getting beaten to a pulp, there are also a lot of shootings, stabbings and chemical warfare. The film takes place during World War I, and some of the chemical atrocities committed during that war are depicted in the film. Again, these moments aren't particularly graphic, but they can be seen as very disturbing to some audiences.
The overtones and visuals of mass killings can be a bit jarring even though you don't really see any details in the aftermath. There is no real blood to be spoken of in the movie, but it is undoubtedly violent and at times disturbing.
As always, I cannot say what is or is not appropriate for you or your family, but personally, I think the 13-plus age range is fair, depending on your 13-year-old. I think a more mature level of understanding to what is real and fake, especially when it comes to disturbing acts of violence, will be the real deciding factor with "Wonder Woman."
The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and some suggestive content.