Wonder Woman (2017) Review

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Diana (Gal Gadot) is a descendant from a league of female warriors. They’ve lived in a hidden location in the middle of the sea so their mortal enemy Ares (the god of war). When a young spy in WWI named Steve (Chris Pine) manages to break through the hidden barrier and discovers their world, Diana is informed the war forming outside her world. Feeling that Ares is responsible for this war, she goes with Steve to destroy Ares and put an end to the war.

After the less than impressive DCEU films of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, director Patty Jenkins delivers the most brilliant DC film since The Dark Knight. What sets Wonder Woman apart from most origin stories is that it doesn’t drag on aspect that aren’t important. We didn’t linger on Diana’s childhood too long, nor her teen years. We are given enough of each to cover the first half hour, and from there we have Diana as a grown woman. As the first entry in a superhero film (not counting BVS), the story is really straightforward, but also has a lot of depth to it. The movie is 2 hours and 20 minutes, and never once does it drag or go by slow. Diana is an extremely compelling and strong character who isn’t tortured by demons. She’s a strong and brave woman from the start and believes in herself as well as others, especially the good in others. Towards the end we do see her falter but she does rise above it. But what’s a superhero movie without great action sequences? It does take place during WWI, and I thought this was going to make is extremely boring (like the first Captain America film), but the war is merely the backdrop and plot device. It’s not entirely focused on, nor is it the point of the story. It is what sets things in motion and what gives Diana her mission, but that’s it. But nothing has been a more exciting feat than seeing Wonder Woman kicking ass in the middle of huge battles. Along with this is the gorgeous cinematography. Another plus is that it doesn’t waste our time with pointless plot points, worthless characters, and senseless drama. It really is the superhero we go to the movies for. Gal Gadot is just incredible as our titular hero. She brings her A-game for the fight sequences and looks like a bad ass doing it. During the humorous moments it comes off as genuine and not over-done, and it’s really during the heartfelt moments that Gadot really shows how rounded of a character Diana is. Chris Pine is also portrayed as the leading man who is tough in his own way, but isn’t afraid to seek the help of Diana when he knows he needs it.

Wonder Woman is the perfect superhero film. It’s filled with fun, action, laughs, plenty of heart, and a hero worth admiring. The script itself is straightforward and consistent, and it’s all under the brilliant eye of Patty Jenkins (whom truly saved the DCEU hands-down). And the film certainly wouldn’t be complete without the outstanding performance of Gadot as Wonder Woman.

5/5

Standard