Rating – 4 out of 5
Director – Patty Jenkins
Starring – Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis
Certificate – 12A
I was extremely excited to see Wonder Woman on the big screen – it’s about time a female superhero took centre stage! I had high expectations and I’m happy to say these were met for the most part. It was inspiring to finally see a strong female character take the lead.
Wonder Woman is an origin story – a great one! Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons. The story begins with her childhood on Themyscira, the island of the Amazons, where she is trained to become a warrior and begins to find out the true power she has.
When an American pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crash-lands on the shores of the island, Diana comes to learn about a war raging in the outside world. She decides to leave her home, convinced she will be able to stop the war and save mankind.
Gal Gadot is the perfect casting. She portrays Diana’s strength, along with her naivety beautifully and brings a powerful passion to the character. Gadot and Pine’s characters bounce off each other, creating exciting and humourous story-telling. Diana’s naivety is a driving force for this humour, creating plenty of laughs when she first steps into London and begins to understand this strange new world.
It is a CGI-heavy film and although this creates some absolutely stunning visuals, it becomes too reliant on the effects during the final action scene and ends up feeling somewhat rushed and becoming almost disorientating. However, the CGI on the island of Themyscira is what brings the beginning of the film to life.
Director, Patty Jenkins, chose a beautifully enchanting location, which is enhanced flawlessly by the CGI. The special effects also stand out in one scene especially and that is when Diana’s mother, Hippolyta, is telling her the story of how the Amazonians came to be. The story’s animation is breathtaking, keeping you completely enthralled for the duration.
It is a shame there wasn’t more time spent on Themyscira. It is one of the stand out parts of the film and it may have kept the story flowing more fluidly. Instead, we are quickly thrown into the war-torn world Steve knows, with the London portion of the film dragging on a little longer than needed. The costume design is second to none and can be fully appreciated during Diana’s wardrobe montage scene, with the brilliantly quirky Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), whose appearance is far too short lived.
Overall, Wonder Woman is a great origin story and lives up to expectations for the most part. The CGI may be too heavy at various points, but the story is fascinating – not only does it keep you hooked and excited but it brings a more human feel to a superhero film, focusing on love and the good and evil in humanity. It is one of the best DC movies and shows that the story is just as, if not more, important than the flashy superhero CGI effects. Wonder Woman is a long overdue female-led superhero movie which is inspiring and exhilarating.
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