One of the things I really liked about Wonder Woman (aside from the everything) was how they depicted war.
Like especially when you compare it to Captain America: the First Avenger. Now this film is still one of my favs in the MCU but upon rewatches something that sticks out is how…..nicely they depict the war. I mean first off its barely shown and when it is its only these spectacle pieces. Then comes how the soldiers act, aside from when Steve tries to do his skit for them there doesn’t seem to be a lack for moral at all. Like everyone is super gunhoe at all times. The only soldier that appears just done is Bucky and Steve only feels bad when he thinks Bucky died. What I’m getting at is its a very G rated version of war. And i get it you want to have broad appeal you don’t really want to show the gritty side just kinda imply it.
Except Wonder Woman doesn’t.
Aside from showing actual blood Wonder Woman does EVERYTHING it can to show you how devastating war is and how it wears people down. The front lines are dirty grimy and cramped on both sides, there are visual casualties of war. Not only that but one of Diana’s allies has legit PTSD and night terrors and none of his comrades give him shit about it cause they know how bad this all is. And several times several different characters state how much they do not want to be there how they’d want to do anything else.
Then there is a scene when Diana asks Steve what they will do after the war ends. And he’s silent for a moment before saying he’s not sure. As i was discussing the movie with a friend she made not that at his age this war took up a large chunk of his life and he may not actually be sure what he’ll do after because he can’t really remember what was before it.
And they do all this while still keeping hope while still showing there is good and there are moments in-between worth remembering. I dunno i just had to gush.