Film Review – Wonder Woman

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Genre: Comic Book
Released: UK 1st June 2017 USA 2nd June 2017
Rating: UK 12A USA PG-13
Runtime: 2 hrs 21 mins
Director: Patty Jenkins
Actors: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, Robin Wright
Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

After 76 years and countless attempts at bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen, it has finally happened. Hot on the heels of her standout appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes her solo outing.

This is fourth time lucky after the box office and critical panning of Supergirl, Catwoman, and Elektra. The first female lead comic book movie directed by a woman breaks the mold.

For a director that has never directed a big blockbuster, Patty Jenkins handles the action scenes like a pro. Yes, there is quite a bit of slow motion but it is used sparingly and doesn’t last that long.

It’s well acted. Chris Pine is at his best as Steve Trevor. The experienced Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, and David Thewlis put in their usual good shifts. It is, however Gal Gadot who truly shines in the main role giving a fantastic performance. This will hopefully show many of the naysayers that she can carry her own movie and show off her acting ability.

She is up there with the likes of Christopher Reeve, Robert Downey Jr, and Hugh Jackman as one of the best superhero performances.

The rest of the cast fit their roles very well. Wonder Woman is filled with so many good characters that you care about. Lucy Davis’s Etta, Ewen Bremner’s Charlie and Said Taghmaoui’s Sameer all have great chemistry together.

The chemistry between Gadot and Pine is excellent. They bounce off each other very well, their characters relationship is not only believable but at times heartwarming and heartbreaking.

It is a really funny movie with great one-liners. Most of the laughs coming from Diana being a fish out of water in the world of man.

There are some great emotional beats as well with a couple of scenes bringing a tear to the eye.

Compared to Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman the story, pacing, and editing are a lot better on first viewing.

The score from Rupert Gregson-Williams is kickass and when Tina Guo’s Wonder Woman theme kicks in it make the fight scenes so much better.

The cinematography is gorgeous mainly in the Themyscira and the No Man’s Land scenes.

Like most comic book movies Wonder Woman does suffer from the usual third act problems and becomes a little too CGI-heavy.

Putting that aside Wonder Woman is a triumphant success and will certainly get young girls interested in comic book movies and then read her adventures in the comics.

Summary

Wonder Woman is a triumphant success. It is well acted, funny, and emotional. Has good characters, is action packed with a great score & cinematography. Best DCEU film yet.

5

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