Finally got the chance to see this and had plenty of time to hear about the controversy and mixed reactions. And.... yep, I think pretty much all of it is deserved, sadly.
So, let us just dive right into the big stuff: the whole "Steven Trevor is actually inside another dude's body this entire time" trope. Which both he and Diana know about instantly. And... she still has sex with him. Without the other guy's consent. Yikes! I wish I could say that surprised me, but it really doesn't, because I'm guessing Patty Jenkins and the rest of the writer's mindsets were a) people won't care because of Diana/Steven's chemistry and b) hey, most straight guys would be over the moon if they found out their bodies were used to have sex with someone who looks like Gal Gadot, so high-fives all around! I also think them spending the time to mention him only having pictures of himself was their way of explaining that he was single/a loner, so it wasn't like any actual cheating was going on here. Sorry, but the whole thing was still so icky. And so easily avoidable. Why not just have him appear out of thin air? Unless Jenkins excuse about her making fun of the trope was accurate (which, frankly, I'm calling bullshit on), but if so, it really wasn't conveyed well at all. Either way, it was just another case of sexual assault/rape being dismissed in a fantasy/superhero setting, which is a popular thing in this genre (my "personal favorite" goes to Once Upon a Time, and all of the times they pulled the "evil, but sexy witch pretend to be someone else and trick a guy into sleeping with them." So wacky!)
But even then, this film was just a mess. Overlong and boring in ways no superhero films should be (dammit, the Wonder Woman franchise is suppose to be different from the Snyder films, not more like them!) One-note villains and even weaker side characters. Action that was fine, but not anywhere close to other superhero films, let alone its predecessor (nothing even in the same galaxy as "Diana in No Man's Land" scene.) Han Zimmer just phoning in the soundtrack this time. And surprisingly lite on the humor. Really thought they would get some mileage out of the whole "Steven in the 80s" thing, but most of it landed with a thud, and lack the charm of the similar style of humor in the first film, where it was Diana that was the fish out of water. All in all, so much disappointment here and it is simply too long to list.
As for the acting, I honestly was disappointed with this aspect as well. I know Gal Gadot can be hit or miss as an actress (mainly due to limit range, I suspect), but I thought she was perfection as Diana in the first film (and even Justice League and Bats vs. Sups.) But I honestly found her performance a bit off here. She was still at her best opposite of Chris Pine (and even then, I felt like he still had to carry the scenes), but didn't play off the rest very well. Not sure what went wrong here, but I do hope she improves on some of her weaker elements, because her natural likability and charisma can only do so much.
Then again, everyone else wasn't blowing me a way either. Kristen Wiig had her moments, but I still wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be. Granted, the film really did the Barbara character a disservice and she felt like a waste here. They might have been better off just introducing her briefly here and saving her/Cheetah for another film. Meanwhile, I went in thinking Pedro Pascal could do no wrong, but I surprisingly didn't enjoy his performance. It was just hammy and not in a good way. Kind of funny that he can be so more compelling and charismatic on The Mandalorian, where his face is hidden, but couldn't do much here. I did think his final scene with Max's son was his best work, but even then, didn't carry the weight like he has done in the past. That just leaves Chris Pine as the only one I felt like came through this unscathed, and likely solidifies why I think he's the best out of the "Hollywood Chrises" (although I do bounce around between him and Hemsworth: especially when Hemsworth is allowed to be funny.)
It's probably telling that I wish we had more flashback scenes. Mainly because I'm all for more Antiope and Hippolyta, even if Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen are hampered by having to do accents similar to Gadot.
Credit where credit is due: I did think Jenkins once again did a great job at not shying away from how beautiful and straight-up sexy Diana/Gal Gadot is, but did so in a way that didn't feel gratuitous or over-sexualized. Definitely refreshing compared to how some of the male D.C. directors handle things (including how Diana/Gal herself was treated on Justice League with all of the ass shots.)
So, yeah, this was a disappointment, although hilariously, it still might be in the top half of the D.C. films for me. But if the first film was my favorite, I still would put Shazam! and maybe even Aquaman over this, which I never would have predicted in a million years. I'm still glad that a third filming is happening and am willing to give Patty Jenkins another chance, but I'll definitely be more cautious going forward, because she apparently isn't immune to dropping the ball at times. But if WB can keep giving Snyder chances...