I had high hopes for this movie I love a series of animated flicks coming from Sony this however Falls far short! As with a lot of Animation today Corners are cut and poor animation is touted as something to watch. I grew up in the age of Jonny Quest and realistic great animation. The beginning animation sequence looks so fluid and realistic I love it then we got in to the recent animation... all I can say is that I started to notice that they were stretching all characters on the screen would freeze like playing Red Light Green Light and then when one moved another one might move several long pauses in the animation should became a sort of herky-jerky movement bereft of any real flow. The story was excellent the sound boo my speakers away the colors were vibrant but I could not tear myself away from noticing the herky-jerky! The voice actors also did an excellent job with what they were given it's just the production that failed them... hence my new term "stop motion animation" combines the non fluid movement of clay puppets from the past with animation nowadays to save a buck! WB has produced better. (Sony Animation has knocked it's Animated titles out of the park.) NOT this title. I won't be watching this again...without severe stop-motion sickness!! I do love animated titles, but this WB selection not so much!
The 14th film in the DCAMU and the 36th Animated DC feature overall. I enjoyed the feature but of course I am a DC fan too. There's only so much detail you can get from Animation. The higher bit rate does cut down on some banding and macroblocking. But, the real winner here is the HDR. Colors do stand out a bit more due to the wider color gamut and shadow detail is a bit more refined. It's the best the film can look and fir a few dollars more I would recommend it.
I've seen every single one of these DC Animated movies since the very first one (Superman / Doomsday) and they all exhibit the same strengths and weaknesses. They are all good comic book stories brought to life through music, animation and vocal delivery - and on that front they are good enough. No other stable of superhero characters have been able to continue output as consistently or as long as DC has. Marvel started this but quickly lost interest, restarting and stopping again over the years. Hellboy has had a few animated movies come out. DC has consistently produced 2-4 every single year for the decade plus. It is - quite frankly - an impressive work in its collection and ANY comic book fan should support and enjoy this body of work.
Individually, though, the movies are not as strong. The main issue is that the stories are simply too complex and involved for the budgeted runtimes of 75-85 minutes. As a result, these are heavily plot-driven stories and do not utilize effective storytelling techniques as a whole. In essence, there is simply too much being crammed in and the basic tenet of storytelling is rarely achieved well.
Wonder Woman Bloodlines is no different. It is decent and enjoyable entertainment for its runtime, but doesn't seek to want to rise above that. The animation is not luxurious, but that's ok. The main issue is the lack of emotional connection one makes with the characters. If you have a connection, it's because you brought it with you - the movie didn't establish it. The characters are simply moving through the complex plot.
Who has the primary problem to be solved? Is it Diana? Is it Steve Trevor? the members of Villainy, Inc (cute name...lol). Who knows? the plot should be a derivative of that problem and in fiction things are either included for 1) to solve a problem, something the audience needs to know or 2) world building to enhance context of the primary plot
The issue truly seems to be the runtime, as the creators HAVE demonstrated that they can provide both elements of storytelling in other, more effective works of fiction they have produced. It seems that these DC animated films are produced on a strict budget, with a specific runtime ($/minute of film) and they try to achieve both elements of storytelling within the runtime and do neither well. There is little impetus to change at this point in the DC line...nearly 40 movies in you KNOW what you're getting. You either like it and support it or you don't.
So...why the five stars? Because this movie is allowing my 7 year old self to come out and enjoy some awesome comic book action with characters I grew up with when I'm in my late forties. SImply put, it is what it is and I love it for that. If you are a comic fan, these movies will not be responsible for blazing new trails but they are traditionally animated movies (in a time when those are scarce) coming out 3-4 times a year that feature our favorite comic book characters. Simply put, let's love it for what it is rather than destroy it for what it isn't. Hence the five stars.
Oh...and the short on Death is amazing. That should be seriously considered for an oscar...it's probably too long at 22 minutes but...wow. This product would almost be worth it just for that alone (it's worth it for the whole package...lol).
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
Owned for 6 months when reviewed.
In "Wonder Woman: Bloodlines," Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman's most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana's paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!
Wonder Woman battles Dangerous villains to rescue a young girl from the clutches of the Villainy Inc. She plans to stop them from destroying her home of Themyscira. Tells good story packed with plenty of action!
I have read some negative reviews for this movie. Now to be honest when it comes to these DC animated movies I am fairly easy to please. Growing up I was a fan of all superhero animated shows, so to see my favorite stories played out in animated form gives me a lot of pleasure. Now I will not say this is the best DC movie so far, it is definitely not as bad as some people made it out to be. It has an enjoyable story good characters and definitely entertaining. I only gave it four stars because the storyline was a bit simplistic but again, I am a sucker for superhero animated TV shows and movies. And if you’re anything like me I think you’ll enjoy this.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Another excellent DC Animated Movie
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Although DC can't seem to find its footing at the box office (the latest Joker film aside), these animated films that have been coming out over the past few years have been excellent and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is the latest in these. A warning the this is not for children or people who aren't into bloody fight scenes. But if you love DC comics, animated movies and great story lines, this movie (and its DC animated brethren) are for you. As a bonus, there are a few Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoons on this as well.
I can't wait for the next DC animated movie.