Cert: 12A Runtime: 141 mins Director: Patty Jenkins Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Ewan Bremner, Said Taghmaoui, Danny Huston, Elena Anya, Lucy Davis and David Thewlis
It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do.
Wonder Woman the comic book movie we are waiting for. The original trailer made it look like a stinker, and in all honesty I had no interest. But as a lover of female lead films I was game for it. The press have adored Wonder Woman, this is rather scary since most critics hate DC Movies. Gal Gadot received a lot of hate when she was cast originally and it seems as she won people over during Batman vs Superman. She converted me in all honesty, so what is Wonder Woman about? Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
First of all I want to applaud DC for taking a gamble with Wonder Woman. Marvel didn’t have the balls to put out a stand alone female superhero movie first. Before anyone comments I’m aware Marvel have Captain Marvel coming up, but still with so many great heroines under their belt why not do it first? This gamble works on so many levels for the DCU! Gal Gadot flourishes as Diana Prince physically, emotionally and emphatically she really takes this role by the horns! She is a very humble hero and this is what the superhero genre needs right now! The story isn’t just about her rise to the peak of her powers. It’s about the welfare of the people around her too. Patty Jenkins ensures we see the world around Diana, this really is the key element in making Wonder Woman a success. I do hope this will inspire anyone to do good and for our younger generation to have a fictitious heroine to admire.
Chris Pine works well with Gal Gadot, he isn’t the weak male I expected. Although Diana is superior to him he does show why he is necessary to the tale. Without any spoilers the BIG BAD was terrible, but this is standard in any superhero movie. The 2 hour 2o miunte run-time is crucial to the whole piece the build-up and development really does bring Diana to life. Don’t get me wrong the pacing at some segments is utterly slow, it doesn’t mean I did’t enjoy it. But scenes could have been cut, but generally these were the scenes that actually had a punch line. Once scene that grabbed me the most was when Diana takes on the German’s in No Man’s Land. For me this is when I realised that this was a special comic book movie. You’ll also realise this is a colourful DCU movie, from grey and grainy to a plethora of colour. Wonder Woman is the film that faintly made me enjoy these superhero movies again. I am glad she has a stand alone film and it’s a shame she is in the Justice League. For now I’ll just enjoy Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s tremendous work.