Director: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Allan Heinberg (screenplay), Zack Snyder (story)
After a string of disappointments coming from the newly established DC related Warner Bros studios, (Well, I liked Man of Steel so fuck you!) So now comes the latest project from the House of Steel.Since making her debut in 2016’s Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman is now starring in her very own film. But can a female oriented Superhero film deliver on its own while breaking the curse of previous lackluster DC projects? Well, guess what, it did!
Gal Godot resumes her role as the titular heroine with a narrative that serves as a perfect tie in to Dawn of Justice courtesy of a well implemented prologue, epilogue and of course a flashback encompassing most of the film. After a brief introduction of some Greek mythology folklore detailing the origins of man and woman as in Amazonians, an adventurous Diana rescues a pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine of Star Trek fame.) whose plane managed to crash-land on the coast of the secluded island-Themyscira.
Trevor’s pursuers “Ze Germans” lead by German general Erich Ludendorff, discovers the Island as well and like most brutal opportunist armies, they engage in unprovoked combat with the warrior Amazonians and after the smoke has cleared, Diana accompanies Trevor to stop a bigger threat that is “The war to end all wars” who Diana holds Ares responsible for and her primarily purpose is to destroy him once and for all.
I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.
Part of the narrative is somewhat a fish-out-of-water trope which has been done before in various films. Hell, I even proposed a Marvel/Netflix series featuring Valkyrie encompassing these same tropes. An old formula that is still effective nonetheless and it shows during the first forty minutes of Wonder Woman.
And speaking of which I found the pacing slightly jiggered but once the story gains momentum, it doesn’t let up! There are a copious amount of impressive action sequences and seeing Wonder Woman as a One-
Man Woman Army kicking ass with scenes reminiscent of Captain America: The First Avenger and 300, who the latter inspired the infamous “Slo-mo” trademark aesthetics but it comes as of no surprise, because it was produced by Zack and Deborah Snyder! (300, Watchmen,)
More so I found myself comparing this to Captain America (2011) whether it’s the World War period piece, the hero’s’ journey and a handful of situations like Marvel’s iconic Avenger which I cannot divulge into spoiler territory but fans of the film will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Despite Wonder Woman being labeled as a feminist superhero film, there are interesting subtexts when it comes to social commentary. It’s somewhat ham-fisted, cynical but well implemented. There’s a scene that does not shy or sanitize when it comes to the horrific outcomes of war. The ending brought out my Geek pimples to the extent of me giving praise and applause.
I really enjoyed Wonder Woman and overall, it’s refreshing to know, that there is a very good DCEU film out there a better yet, a very good Female Superhero film unlike Supergirl, Elektra, etc. And all it took was a woman to helm a film based on a female superhero to make it right! *Gasps*
The dialogue is sharp, socially conscience, solid performances from both Pine and especially Gadot who exude credible traits from a fictional character like compassion, fury, naivete and a strong sense of justice, not to mention those memorable for impressive action scenes. There’s a few homages aside from Captain America but it’s still a movie that is rich with nuance and for that I highly recommend! “Wonderful”!
Despite not having a post credit scene, at least there’s that new DC signature title card! 😛