Wonder Woman Film Review Analysis

Wonder Woman is a fantasy/sci-fi film released in 2017. It has an IMDb rating of 7.9 out of 10 and was directed by Patty Jenkins.


The article has an even image/text ratio and the image itself is a screenshot from the film, hinting to the narrative. In the background there is rubble and debris which conveys action and devastation in the film. Furthermore, the hero of the film (Wonder Woman) is centralised, highlighting her importance and has a fierce facial expression and body language suggesting her dominance and determination. Moreover, around the article it has a bright yellow border, catching the audiences eye and engaging them as it juxtaposes the dark text and image.

The title “WONDER WOMAN” is written in modern sans-serif font with tight tracking, making it stand out from the main body of text which is written in small serif font. Furthermore, there is a box before the review giving the audience the key details of the film, including: star rating (4/5 stars so the audience expect the review to be positive), certificate, film duration, release date, director, cast and a short summary of the plot.

The article is written in a three column layout, making it easier to read as it breaks down the text and at the top it has the icon/logo of the “ON.SCREEN” section within the magazine.

The main body of text starts with the three first words being capitalised to make the audience think that it is shouting at them and therefore engages them immediately. “THERE’S A MEME” this also grabs the younger audiences attention as it mentions social media. It starts to mention previous superhero films which ‘delivered the pow, but little of the wow’ giving their previous films a slightly negative review. By using rhyming it creates a sense of humour in the article.  The review of Wonder Woman is immediately positive as it ‘changes all that’.

Throughout, the writer compares Wonder Woman to previous films and states how ‘the relationship between Diana and Steve Trevor (Pine) is a canny recasting of the Clark Kent/Lois Lane affair’. Furthermore a pull quote is used to describe the character and thus give the audience an insight into the film, ‘above average spy in his own right’ and to reinforce this, comedy is used, ‘more than just a dude in distress’. Moreover, colloquial language makes the audience intrigued as it’s more relatable. However, formal language is used by Chris Hewitt (as stated at the end of the article) throughout.

At the end of the article, irony is created through a play on words from the writer, ‘It’s not all wonderful, sadly’ from the title ‘WONDER woman’ and ‘WONDERful’. Furthermore this is the first negative review in the article but still keeps the comedy aspect ‘overly CG mistakes comic book movies seem cursed to repeat’. However, the final verdict of the film is positive as it ‘has its first truly terrific entry under its belt and the use of alliteration makes those words stand out to the audience.

Overall, I think that this article is a really well laid out as it has an even image/text ratio using a snapshot from the film, an information box (divided by a bold black line) which gives the audience the main information and facts about the film, including plot so the audience can immediately identify if this is a film they would like to watch, as well as breaking up the bulk of text by having a three column layout and having an overall verdict at the end of the magazine. My favourite part is the bold, bright yellow outline around the article which captures the eye of the audience without even looking at the image or text.


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