Wonder Woman has finally arrived and she makes sure that she won’t let DCEU’s fate stay in the dark, literally and figuratively.
Director Patty Jenkins delivers a cinematic marvel (no puns intended), and finally gives us a DC movie that we all have been waiting for. Wonder Woman is the best of both the world. It follows Patty Jenkin’s style of character drama and human relationships while it also makes sure that Zack Snyder’s visual storytelling is not lost in the process.
Wonder Woman takes place way before the events of Batman vs Superman. The movie takes place in world plagued by the World War 1. The story follows her journey from Themyscira, being raised in women only society as a young Amazonian warrior to the man’s world griped in the fear of war and chaos.
The movie not only carries itself, but carries the entire DCEU on its shoulders. It is simply incredible how two women save a universe that has always believed that its primary characters Batman and Superman are the only ones to be focused upon.
Diana’s origin story is handled in the very traditional comic book manner. We see her first in Themyscira where Steve Trevor crash lands and is later invaded by the Germans. The first introduction to this feminist utopia is a visual treat. The imagery is nothing like the grim and gritty world in which DCEU has existed so far. The colours are bright, the landscapes are vivid. Overall Diana’s home is a cinematic beauty with an example of beautiful storytelling.
The supporting Amazonian characters include General Antiope played by Robin Wright and Queen Hippolyta played by Connie Nelson. They have their own persona and character development in the movie. Young Diana, played by Lily Aspell also delivers a strong performance as a warrior in training who knows that she is different but still don’t know her role and purpose in the world.
Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in the standard manner befitting of any “companion” to a superhero: he has his own character development and his story progresses with his own narrative. For Trevor, it is in a way that also embodies the message of the movie. At one point, Trevor sets up a strategic move to support Wonder Woman in action. That same maneuver is a direct reflection of something he had seen on Themyscira, showing his belief in Diana and her Amazons.
The movie has its own funny moments. This is probably the first movie that has a corny Marvel like humor. There are also plenty of fish-out-of-water moments with Trevor explaining the world and human nature to Diana. It’s the character building moments like these that give Wonder Woman take a stance in the war
Soon after the action starts and the action delivers, even if Wonder Woman’s high bound leaps suffer from a bit of CGI excess. But even the Overblown Climax — a staple of superhero extravaganzas, especially in the DC universe — works in a big way, and there are consequences felt and checks and balances for every blow thrown.
“Wonder Woman” has action, humor and heart. For a actor like Gal Gadot, who has always been an eye candy in Fast and Furious movies, this has been a big break and a chance to show her acting talent. This is a movie that delivers. Wonder Woman gives you a fresh perspective and is a must watch for every moviegoer.
Rating 4.5 out of 5