Wonder Woman, Film Review by James Tuggey

DC Comics Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the love interest and part time (non-super) hero. Setting of the film include several key areas: Themyscira (which is home of the Amazons) and eventually multiple European sites such as Paris, London and a German held military base in Buckinghamshire. The majority of the film takes place in the 1940’s and into modern time 2017. This is categorized in the genre of Superhero Films along with Action and Fantasy.

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In modern times Diana (Wonder Woman) receives a special case containing a single photograph imposed on glass which makes her flash back to her origin. Suddenly she’s back to her childhood of training for battle against her Mothers wishes. Diana is the Amazonian Princess her her Mother (The Queen) does not wish her to be a warrior. Diana is secretly trained but eventually reveals her powers as a young woman. An American Spy (Chris Pine), named Steve washes up on shore followed by German soldiers (not Nazis) and a battle ensues on the beaches on Themyscira where the Amazonian warriors are easily defeated by the German soldiers and their rifles. Eventually she leaves with Chris Pine headed for England because she believes that another God (her nemesis) is controlling the German Troops. She believes she can stop him and if he is defeated the wars will end. Multiple fight scenes and humorous dialogue while building on secondary characters create this interesting film.

What I enjoyed the most was the action throughout the movie. Wonder Woman came into her powers very quickly and she not only embraced but utelized them to their full potential and proved herself as a deserving God/Diety. However not all of her powers were exposed. Steve and his colleagues used her as a ballistic missile against a German sniper so they catapulted her along with a metal shield into the clocktower to stop the sniper and destroyed the tower with just her sheer power. Later when she’s fighting Ares (God of War) they both use vehicles as melee weapons against each other which showcases her strength.

I found the dialogue inconsistent and incorrect for the era which is was taking place. Case in point Diana apparently has never heard of the term marriage even though she knows over 100 languages. She’s speaking to Chris Pine about marriage and asks what marriage is and once she’s told, she replies “And do they, love each other till death?” and Steve replies, “Not very often”… In the 1940’s marriages did last most times for life as divorce was shameful and there was a stigma so I found this conversation awkward. I understand why they used it because it’s amusing and accurate for modern times but not back then. Although Wonder Woman supposedly the wisest woman in history she is constantly clueless to things that she should know such as the fact that there is a World War happening, the existence of Clocks, as a Warrior she didn’t somehow understand what a Frontline in a War is and she asked if grown men don’t sleep… These are all simple examples of poor script writing.

My overall reaction is that Wnder Woman was a lot better than almost all other DC films have been in a long time. Visually it was stunning and the CG was top notch. The sets were well placed and easy to watch. The action was steady and only a few points of slow, down time which is a vast improvement for DC. The film was definitely aimed to empower females but managed to do so without making the men out to be bumbling idiots. The musical score was well done and the score in the final fight scene fit perfectly. The actors were good and the director paid a lot of attention to detail with the actors. Chris Pine and the character of Steve was a great choice and enhanced the scenes that lacked action. I recommend reading the basic bio of Wonder Woman before watching the movie or some things may be lost to you. Otherwise it’s an easy story to follow and if you enjoy action fantasy you will likely appreciate this film.

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