Wonder Woman has a lot riding on its shoulders; it’s the first time she’s had her own movie, and the film needs to course-correct the DCEU. Does it nail everything it sets out to do? Yes, yes it does.
In all honesty the first fifteen minutes of the film had me a little worried. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) origin on Themyscira starts off rather quickly, rapidly feeding the viewer knowledge on her history. Star Wars’ Rogue One was immediately what came to mind when being thrust into the commotion. Initially I thought the film would be another Suicide Squad situation, where the film is sporadically edited. Her origin altogether is quite entertaining. Between quiet moments with her mother, Queen Hippolya (Connie Nielsen) and action-packed training with her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright), Diana’s origin is one of the more entertaining ones found in years.
Once Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on the island, the pacing goes from ten-to-eleven. Diana’s immediately thrust into a world outside her own, forcing to learn all the wonder and horrors outside of Themyscira. Diana’s experience in her new environment of England, and World War 1 comes down to a basic fish out of water story. Her new journey adds a bit of levity. Since this new way of life is far different from what she’s used to, her moments of confusion lighten the mood, bringing much-needed humor to the film. Gal does a great job of making Diana adorable, whimsical, and above all: badass. Both Chris Pine and Gal Gadot have brilliant chemistry, making their scenes together just as important as the action itself.
The action is one of Wonder Woman’s strengths and weaknesses. For all the well choreographed fight scenes, the use of slow-motion starts to wear out its welcome. To be fair, the slow-motion looks rather stylish-and easy to follow-but the more it’s used, the less “special” it becomes. Regardless the film’s action scenes are simply incredible.
The battlefield scene shown in the trailers is a particular standout, and its even more amazing on the big screen. A group of women sitting behind me in the theater had a collective “Woooooo!” while clapping as she deflected bullets off her shield. Their reaction made me smile, realizing how great of a job director Patty Jenkins and crew did with Wonder Woman. The bleak backdrop of World War 1 is a perfect example of the horrors of mankind, and a perfect showcase for Diana to realize its terrible nature. understand the character, and throughout the course of the film there is a sense of hope and determination as Diana realizes the reality of her world outside Themyscira.
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins deliver a hopeful, positive, and action-packed film with Wonder Woman