Wonder Woman review
When it comes to women superheroes, it seems that they have more of a prominence within comics rather then their film adaptations. A lot of that has to do with that there are simply more men then women that even wear the capes, as it seemed that the image of the comic book seemed more like a boys thing. Of course that’s far from the truth as not only plenty women read comic books, but comics themselves have proven that they can be an art. So for each Spider-Man, Batman, and Iron Man, where are the women heroes like Captain Marvel, Batgirl, and of course, Wonder Woman?
Like how comics had to prove that there’s room for heroes of all genders, film had to do something similar. It’s too bad we couldn’t have started with both men and women, but that’s just how society is. Previous attempts to portray women as superheroes have fallen short with awful movies like Supergirl, Catwoman, and Elektra. It’s hard to pinpoint where those went wrong, bit I think it was a matter of trying to be too different from the regular superheroes. Everyone can rest easy as Wonder Woman not only gives us a good DC movie, but a great woman-led superhero film.
On the hidden island of Themyscira, which is home to the Amazon women, young Diana is the daughter to Queen Hippolyta (played by Connie Nielsen) and Zeus when she was sculpted out of clay. Diana would like to train to be a fierce warrior, though her mother refuses it. This leads Diana to be secretly trained by her aunt and General of the Amazons, Antlope (played by Robin Wright). Things seem fine as Diana (played by Gal Gadot) proves to be quick on her feet and strong, until a planes crashes near their waters.
Diana rescues the pilot Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) who turns out to be a captain from the United States Army Air Service in the crisis of “The War to End All Wars”. Steve convinces Diana that the Amazon women would be in great danger while Diana starts to think that that it’s all the cause of the god of war, Ares. Knowing she can handle the “God-Killer” sword, she accompanies Steve to England to find out where Ares would be during the Great War. Meanwhile, the Germans are working on more methods to fight forward with the help of General Ludendorff and the mad scientist Dr. Poison.
Wonder Woman has figured out why the previous female led superhero movies have failed and why the others work; because they care. It’s clear that director Patty Jenkins understands that you don’t need to try something too different, but rather fresh. Wonder Woman uses a familiar setup of a “team up plot to defeat the villain”, but it has a radical feel to it all because you can tell that the people behind this care about their character. Much of the dark tone from Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is gone in favor of something more lively (though it does have grim moments).
One of the stronger points of Batman V Superman was Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This movie shows she’s a good enough actress to carry herself throughout. What makes it smart that aside from being a fish out of water scenario for our hero, the Chris Pine character has one too on the island of the Amazons. This allows a reintroduction to Wonder Woman as she starts to understand the humans and how some of their actions may not come from the gods. It’s a true character arc that not even Marvel seems to be doing a lot of.
What I also like is that it’s never trying to push the “women rule!” feel (similar to the Ghostbusters from last year) that hard in favor of a “men and women working together” tone that seems like something that everyone will like. Her willingness to want to save everyone while accepting that many of victims of circumstance not only having me feel good about our heroine, but even had me think about some of the flaws of the original Captain America movie that had a “good vs. evil” style war.
I’ll give this five lassos of truth out of five. Wonder Woman is not only the best DC cinematic universe movie, but feels like a fresh breath of air within the superhero bubble that only seems to be getting bigger. It works as an action movie, a comedy, a movie about World War I, a drama, and above all, a great superhero story about ones evolution. It only seems like that this was sculpted by the same gods who made Diana.