Danny Huston

Wonder Woman – Review#76

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Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is the newest film in the DC Extended Universe, and stars Gal Gadot in the title role, with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya and a flurry of others in a huge cast. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot Steve trevor who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Now we all know that DC’s track record of films has been…inconsistent, especially when comparing to its counterpart, Marvel. I don’t believe I’ve seen Man of Steel fully, and I didn’t completely hate Batman v Superman however flawed that movie may be.

No comment on Suicide Squad.

So yeah, I didn’t have too high a hope for Wonder Woman. It’s not like I wanted it to be bad-hell knows who’d willingly want that-but let’s just say that I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw negative reviews.

So imagine my surprise when the movie received unbelievably good reviews. I thought it was too good to be true, and maybe there was a bias, considering the whole “female-director” thing.

Well call me a misogynistic prick, this movie rocks.

Throwing all the female thing aside, this is a genuinely good superhero origin story, showing how Diana is brokered in from a world of beauty and prideful gleam to WWI, which was…less than pretty. I have a particular liking to stories about people losing their innocence, so maybe that helped, but anyways.

The movie did what an origin story is supposed to do; show who the star is and what she stands for, and give her a story to show that stand. I really have nothing but praise for the movie.

The main star, Gal Gadot as the titular Wonder Woman; Diana, Princess of Themyscira. People have criticized her thinner and lankier body perhaps not fitting for the Amazon warrior, but in the movie it surprisingly works. She’s able to carry this tremendous weight on her shoulders and make the audience believe it.

Chris Pine as basically the co-star Steve Trevor is surprisingly good as well, giving character to the generic bland looking good guy. Really most of the cast does a fine job with what they’re given. Elena Anaya as one of the villains had one of the coolest designs I’ve seen for a supervillain, be it DC or otherwise.

The only dragging force regarding the cast is Lucy Davis’ character. The whiplash between the tones of her character and the rest of the movie is simply astounding. It’s not that her type of character won’t work in a movie like this, it’s how overboard they do it that does it.

But overall, I think this movie does good. It’s not just “good enough”, it’s actually good. Finally there is a good superheroine movie that’s showing on the big screen, and this time DC beat Marvel to the punch on that. So you did good, DC, you did good. Pat yourself on the back for this one.

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