DC gets a much needed win with Princess Diana.
It’s been a tough streak for Warner Bros and DC movies. With a fast track schedule for Justice League, an entire Batman universe, and solo movies of characters we haven’t even seen on screen before, fans are somewhat divided with their previous films Man of Steel, BvS, and Suicide Squad. What DC is admirably trying to do is build a massive world for all these characters to live in, but not doing it in the way that Marvel has been slowly doing, sort of made a big mess. However, there is hope and a major victory now set in stone with Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman movie.
Gal Gadot stars as the Amazon warrior, and as we’ve seen before, she was introduced in BvS in a wonderful way. Now given her full movie, we actually get to see the full scope of her character and can be much more invested when we see her again in Justice League and other DC movies. Wonder Woman is a period piece, set in the 1940’s during WWI era where German soldiers are on the brink of causing mass destruction in the world. For the first part of the movie we are shown Diana as she is a young child, striving to be an Amazon warrior and secretly training to become the greatest warrior of Themyscira due to the impending doom of the return of Ares, the God of War.
Themyscira is hidden from civilization, located deep in the waters with a cloak so no one can discover the beautiful island. However, when Steve Trevor (Chris Prine) ends up crashing into the paradise from a shot down plane, Diana’s entire world is changed as she begins her journey to save the world. With the help of Trevor, Diana sets out into the real world to stop the Germans, Doctor Poison, and Ludendorff, from releasing a mass chemical attack that will destroy the lives of millions around the world.
From here the movie stays very steady as far as story and action goes. One of the amazing things I found about the film was how invested I was into the story. Jenkins does a great job of telling Diana’s story, her passion, and her bravery, no matter what situation she is in. There are a lot of heart felt moments throughout the times of battles, conversations, and revelations that shows Diana she still has learning to do, but will not fault her commitment to help people.
Of course the cinematography was stellar; the many fight sequences with Wonder Woman moved very fast but highlighted some of the slick movements in slow motion. I was also very surprised of how much I loved seeing Wonder Woman beat the crap out of German soldiers (who were all armed with guns) with nothing but her fists, sword, shield, and of course that beautiful Lasso of Truth. The style of this fighting was very entertaining to watch and it really gave a different pace than traditional superhero movies.
The hardest part of any superhero movie is the villain. I will say between Doctor Poison, the crazy German leader Ludendorff, and the final act’s antagonist, there was nothing too scary about these villains but they do try to tell a compelling story. The final act does get a little messy with things, but it is still enjoyable and resolves very well by the end of the film.
Finally, one of the best things about this movie is in fact it is the female-led superhero movie that we’ve all been waiting for. Gadot IS Wonder Woman, and she should be very proud to take on such a strong and powerful role to not only movie fans, but women all around the world. She plays the character so well and looks amazing at the same time, I’m so much more excited to see her in all of the upcoming DC films that they produce.
Overall, Wonder Woman strikes gold with fans and in the DC universe, and it was a much needed win. With an overall great story, acting, action sequences, and powerful message, it just shows how much these movies can succeed when given the chance. It is already confirmed for Patty Jenkins to return for the sequel and it will be set in a contemporary piece.
Final Score: 9/10
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