76 years after her debut in DC Comics, Wonder Woman finally hits movie screens for the first time ever on Friday, June 2, 2017. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston and David Thewlis. It is rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours and 21 minutes. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins. It is the 4th film in the DCEU.
The movie is the origin story of Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Princess of Themyscira. Themyscira is a peaceful island where the Amazons live and train for battle. American spy pilot Steve Trevor crashes on Themyscira and is rescued from the sea by Diana. Unfortunately he was followed by German soldiers and they attack. After a bloody beach battle, the Amazons interrogate Steve and discover that millions are dying in a war, far from their paradise island. The Amazons are ordered by their Queen not to get involved however Diana, believing that Ares the God of War is behind it, wishes to help. She leaves the island with Steve to join the front lines of World War I. Steve's allies help join in the fight and there are other enemies to handle such as Doctor Poison. Will she find Ares and end the war?
This film should not be categorized as a great movie with a female director. It should not be praised as a great female super hero movie. Is it a great movie. Period. We don't label male directed movies or male leading films as "great man films". The labels needs to stop.
Wonder Woman works so well onscreen because Patty Jenkins and screenplay writer Allan Heinberg understand and most importantly respect the character. That formula seems to be missing in most DCEU films. Patty Jenkins has been a fan of Wonder Woman since the Lynda Carter television show and began petitioning to make a movie in 2005. Her goal as a filmmaker and as a fan, was to bring this iconic character to the big screen without stripping away her history or her core. She delivered. Diana only fights when she has to and shows an enormous amount of love, caring and compassion for those around her. This is a beautiful work of cinematic art. It's incredibly hard to believe that Patty has never directed an action film before. The action sequences were flawless; stunning, smooth and exciting. Gal Gadot has never shined so brightly on screen and has never conveyed so much emotion. Chris Pine was a flawless Steve Trevor. The pair has great chemistry and their love story is written exceptionally well. It's fun, romantic and emotional. Themyscira itself is a dream to behold for any comic book fan or movie goer. The supporting cast were excellent in their roles. We are given some back story on Steve's war buddies, including what it is like to be a man of color during World War I. I promise you that the finale will not disappoint.
Since advance screenings began in late May, the film has received rave reviews and a 4 star rating. Those reviews are well deserved. As a life time Wonder Woman fan, this movie was everything I wanted and more. I honestly don't have a single complaint. One of the best things about this film is that it works as a stand alone. Although this is connected to the DCEU, the story is Diana's and can stay that way. There is no end credit scene to connect it to an event taking place in another film. And I like that. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are contractually obliged and signed on for a sequel. I can't wait to see what they have in store for one of the worlds greatest heroes. A sequel can't come soon enough.
|Gal Gadot and I, Rhode Island Comic-Con 2016|
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