Whitney’s review published on Letterboxd:
What I do is not up to you.
With ethos at her center, Patty Jenkins releases a heroine we are all familiar with, but places a different spin and an emotional intensity on this unreserved woman.
The camera lingers on Diana's face, she goes through a range of emotions from fury, mystery, hope, to devastation in a matter of seconds, Jenkins' choice to adopt this angle and pour emotion onto the screen for millions to see, is inspiring, and groundbreaking, and was my favorite piece of this film. And when she would smile, oh goodness, she is depicted as this strong and intense being, but what fuels her intensity is her heart. You can feel every ounce of that when she smiles; that smile carries desire; that smile carries compassion.
I went into this completely blind. I dont know much about superhero films, or about Wonder Woman, but I can certainly say that my heart felt full after leaving last night, it felt full because I know tiny girls, and adult women, are going to feel revitalized, they are going to feel qualified to tackle anything and everything in this world. I know this next sentence has been beat to death but it holds truth: representation is vital.
I could speak for days on Patty Jenkins' dedication and sincerity, to me this did not feel like a superhero film, it was filled with compassion, it felt like a blistering glimpse of home for women. Just as home is Themyscira for Diana, where she learned to protect herself and others, where she learned to be herself, where she learned to challenge the typical, where she learned to do all things through love, where she learned to be proud of herself and all in which she embodies, this film is and will be home for women for decades to come. Wonder Woman is our Themyscira.
I can save today, but you can save the world.