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Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman | Credit: DC Entertainment & Warner Bros.

Move over Superman, The Amazonian Princess Diana of Themsycira, (Wonder Woman) has come to save the world and she’s not letting go anytime soon!

Directed by, Patty Jenkins | Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Etta Candy, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, & Eugene Brave Rock | Runtime: 141 minutes | Genre: Action/Adventure

Written by,
Sean Wall

Let’s address the elephant in the room first, there hasn’t been any movie with a female lead that’s been most anticipated than Wonder Woman. Why? For the simple fact, being Wonder Woman has been around for the past four decades. She’s herald the mantle for that long and even when Wonder Woman first hit the screen it didn’t get the praise it deserved. Fast forward to 2017 and the long overdue thought of a superheroine leading the charge has finally arrived with Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman.

The film opens with Diana of Themyscira walking in Paris during the present time and a Wayne Enterprise armored truck pulls up extracting a briefcase from the back. The aura of the film has this warmth and inviting take on it that you’re willing to give this film a chance. Once Diana opens the briefcase she looks at a photo of herself and others that seem to have gone to battle with her. Mind you this sets up the literal flashback of Wonder Woman being a novice of war to growing up leaving home to save the world from Ares (God of War), who she proclaims is solely responsible for the chaos Steve tells her rages beyond the confines of Themsycira. Throughout the course of the film, Diana’s character truly takes shape when she meets, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). It’s after his plane crashes in the water near the island of Themsycira.

Speaking of character, the cast pulls the story along for the ride as a movie should be treated like it. Gal Gadot’s version of Wonder Woman is simply full of spirit that you can’t help but want her to kick ass all the time in the film. Gadot and Pine’s chemistry is a real treat as they play off each other in a relatable way bringing some fresh humor—which doesn’t seem forced—only to lighten up the serious moments that flooded the beginning. Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta is magnetic providing that mother figure role that’s always needed when their child wants to do grown up things. Nielsen always had that authority figure aura about he and fits perfectly in the role. Diana’s relationship with her mother Hippolyta is emphasized early on with a balance of love secrecy and being overprotected that it eventually further pushes Diana to leave home knowing she may never return again. We go to the villainous General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and Dr. Poison/Maru (Elena Anaya) that remain us that even the traditional template of a villain does have a place in the DC extended universe alongside the vast Metahumans. Some of the roles that add a subtle touch of undertones given the time period, comes from the crew members of Trevor rogue mission, Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) when he expresses that he wished to be an actor, but was the wrong color. Chief (Eugene Brave Rock) refers briefly to the fraught nature of American history, noting that people like Steve Trevor who drove the Native Americans out of their homes and from their lands. These points never had any conclusion but provided a little background to why these individuals have become soldiers of war.

Like any other movie, this one also had its weak points that seemed to be a little too much or shouldn’t have made the final cut. The creative direction had that feeling of going in and out of tune for a moment like Diana’s constant pushing and pulling in different directions by men who think they know what’s better for her. The CGI is all over the place as a fight among the Gods doesn’t need to get too cheesy unless it’s been built like that from the beginning. However, this is easy to ignore seeing as it’s not obligatory and only happens in the climatic battle.

Let’s face it there hasn’t been a time where the actresses have been catapulted into this kind of role and given possibly everything. Yes, there’s Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, Scarlett Johannson and Angelina Jolie but Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman and this film highlights it perfectly. With the good, bad, and ugly featured in this film, the fans will embrace every bit of this making for a great stepping stone for DC in the future. Next is Justice League and the question buzzing is, “Will it live up to the hype?”

Rating: 4stars

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