PLOT: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is the story of Diana, Princess of the Amazons. From a young age, she was trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a secluded island, with her mother and only Amazonian women, Diana is determined to be the greatest warrior of her people. While on the island Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her of the “Great War” raging in the current world. Determined to be the hero she was destined to be, Diana leaves the island to save mankind. She places herself on the front lines of the Great War and is forced to dig deep and realize her full potential and true purpose in life.
REVIEW: If you hated Man of Steel, Batman VS Superman, Suicide Squad (which I’m pretty sure was everyone) and have completely given up on DC Extended Universe being able to compete with Marvel and its Avengers, I urge you to go and see Wonder Woman. It may have taken four tries but it looks like they’ve finally found the formula to create a great superhero/action movie.
The film takes you on a journey of how Diana, Princess of Themyscira, came to realize her true identity and purpose in the current and new world she is plunged into. Wonder woman, who’s played by the beautiful and equally talented Gal Gadot, was a perfect choice for this role. Not only does she captivate you with her looks but her on-screen presences makes you believe in the strength and vigor of the wonder woman persona. Her co-star Chris Pine (who is no stranger to making us laugh and smile on the big screen) plays Captain Steve Trover, the first man that Diana’s ever encountered and coincidently, her first love as well. I know what you’re thinking, “Of course they would make a movie about a female superhero and turn it into a love story!” but don’t be fooled. Although the relationship between Diana and Steve plays a big part in the movie’s plot, the story is more centered on the contrasting viewpoints of Diana and Steve and less on the hugs and kisses. While they both want to put an end to the war, the way they see the world is extremely different and therefore have to learn from each other to find a compromise. It is this essential plot line that drives the entire movie forward. Keeping you engaged from the very moment they both meet. Most love story plots in these types of movies seem unnecessary but this one earns its place.
Of course, we can’t talk about Wonder Woman without mentioning the actual woman behind the direction of the film. It’s only fitting that the first female super-hero film of our generation is directed by its own female avenger, Patty Jenkins. Throughout the film, there are undertones of real life situations in which woman are forced to evolve in a world dominated by men telling them to stay put, or being ignored and looked down upon because they are women. Patty does a great job tackling those topics and uses great judgment in the scenes between Diana and Steve when Wonder Woman is trying to understand why this world is the way it is. The film carries a firm but positive and inclusive stance that everyone can get behind. (Hopefully!) The film’s production is also something that DC should be very proud of. The balance of narrative with action keeps you constantly captivated but not left wondering how you arrived from “point A” to “point B”.
All in all, I came into this movie skeptical of how DC Extended Universe would adapt the Wonder Woman franchise and to my surprise I left happy with what I had seen but more importantly, I left wanting more. Summer is here and the blockbusters are just beginning and this film was a great way to start. Wonder Woman was fun, smart, engaging and full of action. A true superhero film that everyone can appreciate and love, men and woman alike. The say the future is female, and if Wonder Woman is the start of that future for DC, I’m excited to see what’s next! I give this film 9/10!
By: Clarence Hairston