Genre : Action. Adventure. Fantasy
Director : Patty Jenkins
Cast : Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielson, Danny Huston.
Runtime : 2 Hrs 21 Mins
Although we grew up in a man’s world, somewhere deep within us, we yearned for something different. Something more spectacular, something worth remembering even when there is no “male” tag in it! And finally our wishes came true in the avatar of enchanting princess Diana and her quest in a man’s world.
Yes! I am talking about ‘WonderWoman’ which has finally hit the screens worldwide on 2nd June. After a long gap since ‘The Dark Knight’ has a movie been heavily embraced? by the critics and the fans alike.
There’s been a lot of buzz going around recently that this is the type of superhero movie we need right now to succeed with a strong female protagonist. While I’m not inclined to believe this film needed to be either of those assessment for the movie, I will definitely say that this movie has certainly succeeded in being one of the best comic book movies of all time!
Director Patty Jenkins have crafted a film that has perfectly captured the spirit of the Wonder Woman comic and character as well thereby presenting us a visually?stunning movie (The contrast between ‘Themyscira’ and “man’s world” is astonishing) with some of the best action scenes on film in a long time albeit overly stylish at times.
And this is primarily due to extremely charming performance from the very beautiful Gal Gadot.She had previously won me over as Diana/Wonder woman in her brief role in ‘Batman Vs Superman’, so I was very eager to see how she would be able to hold her stand in a full length version of a Wonder Woman movie. And oh-boy she did it on every level possible!
She was able to hold your attention as Diana with a sweet but sharp nativity when it comes to learning a strange culture journeying to London from Paradise Island and at the same time able to portray a fierce warrior who has a heart for the weak and oppressed. The scene in which she comes out of the trenches in the “No man’s land” to rescue the captured village and inspire Steve Trevor and other soldiers to follow her lead deserves applaud.
Her chemistry with co-star Chris Pine is very evident onscreen and it helps to make their relationship more appealing and even more heart wrenching painful when Steve sacrifices? himself so that she “…can save the world”. (Spoiler Alert). Chris Pines’ whole performance in this movie is simply outstanding.
It has been well known Ares, the god of War would be the main villain and he was shown as a formidable foe of Wonder Woman, not only by him being the influence for mankind to war against one another but even in the way he was trying to convince Diana that they could recreate a paradise on earth and defy Zeus in his creation of man. For me that was more than a one dimensional villain but one that was fully thought out that and is more menacing than one of brute force. Making them “related” by being children of Zeus was a nice way to incorporate the recent New 52 retcon of her origin and made their battle more personal.
But in all these glittering performances and eye-popping action, the movie isn’t perfect. No movie is.
Some of the CGI is off quite a bit. There isn’t any explanation of what her costume represented or how her gauntlets came to be. And there may be one too many stop motion action sequences that we could have done without. And the “purist” comic book fan in me keep thinking that the setting of WWII could have worked just as well as WWI in line with her actually comic book history.
Aside from those issues the movie is amazing! From a power-packed performances of the lead stars to the brilliant cinematography this movie is bound to capture your hearts! And how can I forget?! The action sequences! It’s the best I have seen so far!