Ever since Batman V. Superman, The DC Extended Universe has been a pain in my ass. In 2016, the studio produced two cinematic pieces of garbage that both ended up on my Worst of List. Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad. Both films made both exhausted and furious. In all honesty, it made dread watching the upcoming films in their lineup especially Wonder Woman. After watching this, let me be the first to tell you that this movie is the testament of the term, “It takes a woman to do a man’s job.”
Wonder Woman may be a DC character, but has the personality of a Disney princess. This lady has the strength and mind of Mulan but the heart and kindness of Rapunzel. When she leaves her home, she starts learning everything about the world like a newborn baby. For a woman who was born on Earth, the most powerful moments of the film is how much Diana learns about it for the first time in ways far more effective than Kal-El in Man of Steel. She has a childlike innocence of the world that’s beyond Themyscira. Because of her innocence, you become attached to her as an actual character with dimensions opposed to everyone else the DCEU introduced. She speaks her mind at a time women weren’t respected enough to be heard and those moments when she does are very powerful.
And this makes me so hard to not fall in love with Gal Gadot in this movie, Gal Gadot really nailed the innocence of Diana entering Man’s world. She was naive but also sincere. She never seemed like an idiot, just someone who didn’t understand but found it all interesting. In the acting department, Gal Gadot was great as Diana Prince. She was charismatic overall and her athleticism was simply stupendous proving why she was perfect for the role.
The coloring was perfect in this film, I really loved the contrast between war torn earth and the island. Somewhere through the film, caught myself saying, “Holy Shit, this movie is colorful, A DC MOVIE IS COLORFUL?! Thank you, Wonder Woman.” When it begins, we the film displays an artistic style with its exposition where we learn about the birth of the Amazon Warriors as its presented with a motion fresco painting that is visually creative and beautiful. When we are on Themyscira, with the Amazon Warriors the cinematography is clear, bright and most of all beautiful. You feel like you’re transported to another world.
The fight scenes and choreography were beautiful especially the ones that featured the Amazons. Launching themselves off horses and shields while hitting multiple enemies with their swords and arrows never gets old. Unfortunately, the final fight scene will make non-CGI viewers (like me) cringe as the film devolves to your typical final fight heavy with CGI like any other superhero film out there.
Wonder Woman is a god send. It is a film that puts a jolt into a superhero juggernaut that has been limping since day one. What “Wonder Woman” gets ultimately right was its decision to tone down on the dark undertones and make a simple, straight-forward film about finding one’s true purpose and destiny. Does that sounds familiar? Well, this is an origin story to begin with but how the film undertook this was totally refreshing.
Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Directors: Patty Jenkins
Writer: Allan Heinberg
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
- Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
- Robin Wright as General Antiope
- Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff
- David Thewlis as Ares
- Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta
- Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru / Doctor Poison
- Lucy Davis as Etta Candy
- Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer
- Ewen Bremner as Charlie
- Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe
- Mayling Ng as Senator Acantha
- Florence Kasumba as Egeria
- Madeleine Vall Beijner
- Ann Wolfe as Artemis
- Doutzen Kroes as Venelia
- Samantha Jo as Euboea
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
After Credits Scene? No