#WonderWoman Review: Heroic, Bright & Empowering
Directed By:Patty Jenkins
Staring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Writers: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 Minutes
Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
#WonderWoman is the DC Film We Have Been Waiting For
IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME DC!!! After the below average at best start to the DCEU #WonderWoman is the film that we needed. I went into this film hoping for the best and was completely blown away. #WonderWoman is the first DCEU film to actually take the source material, add some theatrical aspects and present the character as a larger than life figure and the results are incredible. The brightness, the character building, the journey to fulfilling one’s destiny are all on full display in this origin story of the most popular and iconic female super hero of all time. Patty Jenkins did what Zach Snyder couldn’t or wouldn’t and brought comic book pages to life and showed that their is some light in the DCEU. After a subpar marketing campaign for the majority of the buildup of this film and a slight budget compared to the other DCEU films, #WonderWoman persevered through that to steal the show and legitimately compete with some of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universes) best films.
The majority of this film is set in Diana’s homeland Themyscira as well as Europe during World War I. The basic plot is the origin of Diana (Gal Gadot) becoming Wonder Woman and leaving Themyscira to help Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) fight against the Germans and end the World War. Diana is driven by an uncanny ambition to be great and to help mankind by stopping Ares the God of War from corrupting human life and causing war. The film takes some interesting twist and turns and brilliantly mixes in perfectly timed comedic moments as well as some heartfelt exchanges between Diana and Steve as well as the story of are people inherently good or bad. The film ties all these plot points together along with women empowerment and what makes a hero to make an incredible, memorable big screen solo debut for #WonderWoman.
The Visuals are Astounding
One of the biggest issues with Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and especially Batman V Superman was the color palette and lack of color in the film. Zach Snyder is excellent at cinematography and getting iconic shots, however that is irrelevant when you can’t see what is in the shot. Patty was able to incorporate iconic, memorable shots with a vibrant color palette and incredible scenery to really emphasis the locations where this film takes place. Themyscira in the comics has always been portrayed as a paradise island that is full of waterfalls, mountains, hills, incredible greek architecture, and beautiful blue oceans with white sandy beaches. This film brought those comic panels to life and dipicted Themyscira as a mythical, unique location that you want to go back to.
While on Themyscira you meet the Amazons and find out their background and how they ended up there. The Amazonian attire and culture seems incredibly intricate and unique as well as diverse. It was good to see a vast assemble of women of all different races, ethnicities, sizes and shapes make up the Amazonians. The two Amazonians who we spend the most time with are Diana’s mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielson) and her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright). The relationship between Diana and her mother and Aunt is one that the film gave decent time to which really build Diana’s purpose and her backstory. They did an excellent job of providing information and backstory to these characters and to Diana’s while at the same time leaving more of her story untold and more about the Amazonians untold.
Incase You Forgot..Wonder Woman is a Badass
One of the few bright spots in Batman V Superman was Wonder Woman’s appearance and her fighting against Doomsday. This film took that an increased it by 1,000. Diana’s fighting in this film was so skilled and intense and really showed who the biggest badass in the DC Universe is and its not Superman or Batman. #WonderWoman used an array of weapons from bows, swords, shields, and her signature magic lasso in scenes that jump off the screen and make you jump out of your seat. There is a fight scene on Themyscira, and one in a small town in Germany where the Amazons and Diana basically whoop trained soldiers asses without guns. She uses everything in her environment to her disposal and ties in the training she got her whole life from Antiope along with her natural ability to essentially be a one woman wrecking crew.
#WonderWoman is thee Woman Super Hero
With the exception of maybe Storm their is no female super hero that is as popular, powerful and highly regarded as #WonderWoman. It is a shame and a disgrace that it took until 2017 for the first female Super Hero blockbuster film, but this did not disappoint. I know a lot of women who have waited their whole life for a film like this and Patty and Gal did not let them down. This is a film for everyone and everyone will love it, however this is really a film that Woman can get behind and love. They speak subtly about sexism and the film but it is there, especially given the time period that this film took place in. They also showed the contrast of a Woman’s life on Themyscira without men and juxtaposed that with women in the rest of the world. Diana comes to the rest of the world with no understanding of gender roles, and misogyny and essentially is not having it. She is a direct representation of so many women today specifically women of color who push through all obstacles to fulfill their destiny while saving and caring about everyone else, even if they don’t care about them. Hopefully this is the first of many more women led super hero films and women directed super hero films.