Fans of DC Comics and Wonder Woman had been waiting for this film for decades. Often when that is the case the end result is disappointing due to all the elevated expectations and anticipation. Thankfully this was not a flop. Not in any meaning of the word.
Director Patty Jenkins (Monster) and screenwriter Allan Heinberg (written episodes of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) seem to understand that Wonder Woman is a strong female superhero. They do not sexualize her unnecessarily just to get male butts into the seats. Gal Gadot is a beautiful woman there is no denying that and there is nothing wrong with it either. But WW is not made to run around in a skimpy costume for titillation. Rather she wears what warrior women would have worn. Wonder Woman is a warrior, who does not need to rely on a man for help.
They also understood that you can have a feminist character which is warm and loving. This is a big part of Wonder Woman; she cares about humans and wants to save them. The message here is that you can be loving and strong at the same time.
Gal Gadot is perfect in the role. Looks exactly as you would picture Wonder Woman. Statuesque and adept at the action demands of being WW. As such the fight sequences are, for the most part, pretty cool.
Having grown up as the only daughter of the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen – Gladiator, Sea Fever), has its pluses and minuses, though it seems like young Diana (Lilly Aspell – Holmes & Watson, Extinction) sees only the downside. Mostly that her mother is overprotective and forbids her to train to become a warrior under Hippolyta’s sister Antiope (Robin Wright – from television’s House of Cards).
Finally the stubborn Diana wins this battle and Hippolyta allows it. She is trained to be an undefeatable warrior. Her mother has allowed her training, but has not told her the truth about who she truly is. All she knows is that she is the one who must kill the god of war, Aries.
Her extraordinary comes in handy when a pilot crashes into the sea off of Themyscira. Diana (Gal Gadot – Ralph Breaks the Internet, Justice League) rescues Steve Trevor (Chris Pine – Into the Woods, Star Trek Beyond) from the cold water as he is being pursued by German soldiers. After defeating the Germans after seeing some of her fellow warriors defeated, Diana has questions. Steve has some answers. Some which she understands while others she has no clue.
Bottom line is that World War II is happening. It is towards the end and most Germans want to surrender. Most except General Ludendorff (Danny Huston – from television’s Succession), who has engaged scientist, Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya – The Skin I Live In, Sex and Lucia), to develop a deadly mustard gas weapon. Diana believes that only Aries could be behind such a thing and as such she gets Steve to bring her to the front so she can kill Aries. Along with three men, Sameer (Said Taghmaoui – Three Kings, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), Charlie (Ewen Bremner – Trainspotting, Alien vs. Predator) and The Chief (Eugene Brave Rock – appeared in episodes of Hell on Wheels and Heartland), the small group undertakes a very important, but dangerous mission.
While this is a good film, the first half is much better than the second. It seems as though they just fell back into the predictability of the genre over the last 45 minutes. Too many of the comic book tropes were hit upon.
For once, though, DC shows it can do as well as Marvel in the superhero world.
-Epilogue: Etta’s Mission
-Creating the Wonder
-A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
-A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
-A Director’s Vision: A Photography Through Time
-A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
-A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War
-Warriors of Wonder Woman
-The Wonder Behind the Camera
-Finding the Wonder Woman Within