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Film/TV Wonder Woman

Published on June 2nd, 2017 | by voxx

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Wonder Woman

Out: Now
Cert: 12A
Length: 141 minutes
Rating: 4/5

Director: Patty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elana Anaya

Plot: When an American pilot (Pine) crashes and talks of combat in the outer world, Diana Prince (Gadot), princess of the Amazons, must fight in the war to end all wars, and along the way find her true powers and her true destiny.

There’s a saying, a metaphor perhaps, that states if a series or a distributor has a few false starts then the hype for the next installment will dwindle. This, of course, is true for other series’ of films, but for the DCEU it clearly isn’t. There have been a few false starts for the series. ‘Man of Steel’ didn’t live up to expectation, nor did ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Then ‘Suicide Squad’ fell into the world of shame rather than living up to what it said on the tin. It seemed the DCEU was in need of a saviour. 

After Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’, the metaphor loses its sight and goes into turmoil. In the opening few minutes there’s colour, a narration that explains the comings of war between gods and humans, and a young Diana Prince (exceptional work from youngster Lilly Aspell) willing to train for a coming war. The opening origin story is exceptional and there’s a lot colour which we haven’t seen in previous films. There’s stunning story narration and a wonderful shot of Gadot’s Diana training with her auntie (Nielsen), the best fighter on the island. This island is inhabited by women until a manly presence invades their homeland. Enter American spy Captain Steve Trevor (Pine), who speaks of an ongoing war in the outer world. When Pine is teamed with Gadot their chemistry is magnificent; these two work well together and prove to have the dynamic that we need.

Pine is exceptional as Steve. He’s funny, he’s handsome, and he’s a charmer who will do anything to please our heroine. Diana, who’s never seen a man before, is a wonder to behold, especially when she tells Steve about where she comes from. She wants to go with him to fight the war, while villainous doctor, Dr. Poison (Anaya), and her warmongering companion Ludendorff (Huston) design dangerous weapons to outfit their soldiers. It’s a wonderful story of war and super heroism, a match that never made a keen pairing before but now works. It’s dark, but not as constantly dark and brooding as the previous films, something that the earlier DCEU intended to rely on. ‘Wonder Woman’ proves that you don’t need to be dark to be good.

And she does her job well, as Diana Gadot is fantastic. She’s a beautiful princess who loves the world of men and believes that life has a meaning. As her stronger alter ego she’s exceptional – strong on the outside but on the inside she’s vulnerable, and unlike the caped crusaders or the men of steel she’s not afraid to show emotion. Diana was the saviour in BvS, and here she proves to be that saviour again who takes no BS. Jenkins proves that a DC movie can have style too, and produce a more connectable superhero.

Sadly, it’s not all wonderful. In the last 20 minutes it hits a cliché CG barrier that all superhero movies seem to rely on now-a-days. There are some moments that look they’re made from green screen and this sadly doesn’t make it as good as it could’ve been. Other than that, everything here delivers exceptionally well. Jenkins proves that we could teach the caped crusaders or men of steel a thing or two, and she’s brought new light to the DCEU. Frankly, it’s about damn time.

VERDICT: After a few false starts to the DCEU it has finally found success in fantastic style that hits punches with brilliant execution and harbours fabulous performances. This is perhaps the best installment to the DCEU ever. Now we can breathe again.

- By Corey Denford


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