Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins and with the story written by Zack Snyder, Wonder Woman features Gal Gadot in the first superhero film featuring the comic book hero. Other than Gal Gadot, the film stars Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Connie Nielson (Queen Hippolyta), Robin Wright (General Antiope), and Elena Anaya (Doctor Poison). The movie is part of the DCEU and will be proceeded by Justice League in November.
Born and raised on the island of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta always hoped to provide a safe environment for Diana in the hope that she'd never have to take up arms. Still, Diana sneaks away occasionally to train and improve her abilities. She later grows and becomes the fiercest warrior on the island. When Steve Trevor shows up, Diana accompanies him, bringing to life her mother's worst fears about her connection to the God of Ares.
The movie also takes place during World War 1 and focuses towards the end of the war where a peace agreement is being arranged. But, Doctor Poison and her deadly toxins continue to grow exponentially in power. And partnered with the ruthless and ambitious General Erich Ludendorff, there seems to be nothing that can stand in their way. However, nothing will stand in Diana and her company's way as well as they fight to bring an end to the war, for good.
Sculpted from clay and brought to life by Zeus, Diana has super human strength and abilities. She has superhuman strength, durability, agility, and reflexes. She literally has the power of a God (several Gods in fact) and is an unstoppable warrior during the heat of battle. The film represents her power well without having her seem too overpowered and allowing her to convincingly take on foes of lesser or equal strength.
Whether its during the training scenes on Themyscira or the scenes where Diana and her companions storm the German war fronts, the action sequences are some of the best parts of the film. To say that they're exhilarating would be an understatement. The slow motion and CGI kicks in exactly at all the right moments. Parts of the film where Diana easily dispatches German soldiers, shield bash tanks and enemies, and single-handedly take war fronts all while blocking a hail of machine gun fire is amazing! Moments like these where Wonder Woman's theme music kicks in literally pulled me out of my seat within my group of friends and is the most fun I've had while watching a movie.
The movie's most charming scenes come from Diana's undercover alias "Diana Prince" and her interactions with the modern world. Her naiveté and innocence leads to a lot of genuine and hilarious moments. And her goodness and abundance of empathy is remarkable and heartwarming. Despite the action scenes in the film, these scenes are a joy to watch as well.
Also, one of the best parts about Wonder Woman is the showcasing of some of her classic weapons and abilities. What is shown in the movie is the indestructible Lasso of Truth which subdues anyone and forces them to tell the truth. The Bracelets of Submission which deflect projectiles and energy blasts. And of course her Divine Empowerment which gives her the power of several Olympian Gods.
This film is a great super hero film, period. Not only does it act as an origin story and a continuation of Batman versus Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but it shows Wonder Woman in way that is faithful to the character. And gladly, with the help of co-stars such as Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), the film has many comedic elements which its rival universe (MCEU) is known for. And trust me, Gadot's performance in how she's plays Wonder Woman fierce and strong, while retaining her beauty and femininity is great and does the character justice.
To be honest, it is hard to find something wrong with this film. The excessive use of CGI and slow motion can be a bit off-putting. Plus, there are a few moments I'm sure women could take offense to. But, rest assured the movie does address the feminist aspects of this film. Quite frankly, Wonder Woman does a lot right. And it's not only a bit unexpected, but welcomed. And with Justice League on the horizon, the DC Universe is in great hands.
Wonder Woman is currently in theaters near you.