WONDER WOMAN (2017/Warner Bros.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Length: 2hrs 15min
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The first major Wonder Woman movie is finally in theaters, which is surprising seeing that the DC Comics character was created over 75 years ago. It was well worth the wait however, because the movie does not disappoint. In fact, this Wonder Woman movie, while some may find it’s a bit too drawn out, is quite a ‘Wonderful’ experience overall.
For those of you that are huge fans of the 1970’s Wonder Woman tv series, you may find yourself a bit lost. The movie begins with Diana (Gadot) as a young girl growing up on a secluded island full of other females, training to be warriors. Diana, the princess of the Amazons, however, has a gift her counterparts just don’t have. But, it takes a pilot crashing his plane on their island for her to have the opportunity to find out how truly gifted she is. What seemed to simply be a pilot crashing his plane on their island, turned out to be a lot more than the pilot or the locals ever bargained for.
It turns out that pilot is actually Steve Trevor (Pine), a spy that stole an enemy plane in an effort to flee from them after they had obviously found him out. The enemy then chases him to the island in which he crashed the plane. What ensued from there was a battle between Trevor, the enemy forces and the Amazons. As big as that battle was, there was a much bigger battle going on around the rest of the world. That battle turns out to be World War 1, and it’s there that Diana feels she is obligated as Princess of the Amazons to fight and end all wars.
So, she insists Trevor take her to the war. He relunctantly obliges her and they then take off to London, which is the setting for the majority of the film. Still, Trevor is reluctant to take Diana to the war, as at this time he doesn’t know (neither does she) her true powers. He has other objectives to take care of anyway, and he also thinks Diana is still a bit wet behind the ears. Which, she really is, but that sentiment would quickly change as her powers are finally realized. Diana, and Trevor, then team up with a marksman named ‘Charlie’, a native american named ‘The Chief’ and another man named ‘Sameer’ in an effort to thwart the enemy’s plans of producing a gas that would kill thousands upon thousands of people.
About the stars
For those of you that are fans of The Fast and the Furious, you should easily recognize Gadot. She debuted in the fourth film of the series, playing Gisele. She also played in Fast Five, and Fast and Furious 6 as Han’s lady. The Israeli born actress also played roles in the movies Date Night and Knight and Day.
Chris Pine, is best known for his roles as Kirk in the Star Trek movies, and Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Pine, born in Los Angeles, remains one of the most respected actors around today.
Why you might like this movie
It’s Wonder Woman! Her powers are represented well on the big screen during the action sequences. I decided on trying the standard version rather than going for the Real 3D version. While, there is quite a bit the Real 3D version could probably take advantage of, the standard version was beyond adequate. The setting of young Diana’s secluded island paradise comes across as a land full of fantasy, which is good. While World War 1 – London, comes across as a city that’s gritty, wreaked with war. The overall presentation is fantastic. Also, while the movie is over two hours long, I found that it didn’t it seem like it. It seemed much shorter to me, despite much of the movie not being action-oriented.
Why you might NOT like this movie
Due to a few extended lulls in the action, some may find the movie a bit long. There’s also the factor of the movie taking you on a long journey to Diana realizing her true powers. Then, there are the fans of the 70’s series, that could find it difficult to relate to the movie. The movie is rated PG-13 due to a few suggestive sexual themes. So, parents of younger children, beware. Also, some may find that some of the action sequences, especially those that show off Diana’s powers, are overdone.
While, Wonder Woman isn’t perfect, it’s clearly one of DC Comics best efforts so far on the big screen. Gadot, makes the perfect Diana/Wonder Woman with her looks and demeanor. Performing her own stunts in the Fast and Furious movies, also puts her right at home playing a superhero. The action is good, and Diana’s powers are showcased well. It’s going to be exciting to see where DC Comics and Warner Bros. take Wonder Woman in future films.