WARNING: CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS
September 28, 2017
“It’s not about deserve, it’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.” – Diana (Wonder Woman)
The best superhero movie I have ever seen.
That is what went through my head as the end credits for Wonder Woman (2017) rolled. The film came out in June so I know I am a bit late, but it was so worth the wait. Everyone knows who Wonder Woman is. The Amazon princess warrior with her lasso of truth and incredible fight skills. But you have never seen Diana like this. Gal Gadot was amazing! She got the character so well. I know she has played her before in a previous DCU film, but the way she handled the backstory…BRAVO.<
Not only was the action exceptional, but the heart of the story and the writing was exactly what this film needed. Director Patty Jenkins brought the mythical aspects and the humanity behind it all perfectly together. From the relationship between Steve and Diana to the camaraderie of Steve, Sameer, Charlie, and the Chief, it all helped build up to an epic adventure.
When it comes to the Amazons themselves, the cinematography for Themyscira, their paradise island, was incredible. Jenkins created these complex fight montages that would make anyone think twice about crossing these badass woman warriors. I personally didn’t know Diana’s origin story as I don’t follow DCU comics as much as MCU so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was not disappointed.
As a character, Diana is everything you want in hero. She is strong, brave, confident, but she also has the vulnerability and the inner struggle of trying to be right (which she is) and trying to understand everything. She starts out thinking about the war and only focusing on fighting Ares, but as the story progresses we see that Diana comes to realize that it is much more than a singular war and that she cannot win completely alone. This theme will of course carry over in the upcoming Justice League film. Even being a warrior, there is this innocence about Diana that I love. It was simple things such as the way she smiles at snow and how she enjoys the taste of ice cream. It reminds us that, yes she is a goddess, but it is the humanity she has come to see that makes her a greater hero.
Story wise, I was very happy with how it all went down. There are twists and turns throughout that really keep you on your toes. At one point you think one person is the villain, but then something happens and it makes you a bit unsure. As much as the ending pained me, I don’t think it could have ended any other way.
Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine was a nice addition to the film and not as just a simple love interest. His role in not only Diana’s life, but in the war and what he did to help save the world was just as important. Sure, he and Diana didn’t always agree on everything, but he never abandoned her or Sameer, Charlie, or the Chief. He is an honorable man and it was nice to see that come through with his character.
As I watched the film, lots of emotions were happening. The fight scenes got my pulse racing and the more emotional and sad scenes brought tears to my eyes. And even though there were moments of tragedy, the film has moments of levity and comedy that really helped keep the film full of hope. If you enjoy fast paced action films full of heart and love then Wonder Woman is for you!
Overall I give this film 5/5 stars! I will be watching it again and again and I cannot wait until the second film and Justice League to see more of our warrior princess. Have you seen Wonder Woman? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?