“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot 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.
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Tonight Michael and I are reviewing Wonder Woman, the long awaited movie about the third major player in the DC comics universe.
My advice is to run out and see it as soon as you get a chance. This is the DC movie most everyone has been waiting for. Marvel has been dominating the superhero movie genre, but now after the disappointing Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman, DC has finally hit its stride. They have made WW into a female Superman character, who is for truth and justice. She is a fish out of water, which leads to some sweet and funny moments.
This is a comic book movie, in the sense that it looks and feels like you are reading a comic book. Some of the battle scenes look like they were plucked straight from the page. The beginning of the film is an origin story much as you would expect for her first outing. This also introduces a new technique where the legends being described appear as paintings that come alive. It’s hard to describe, but you won’t forget them once you’ve seen them.
Gal Gadot was the perfect choice to play Wonder Woman. She is beautiful, she can do the stunts and she can act. She is the heart and soul of the film. This is her first lead role in a major motion picture and she carries the film the way Wonder Woman can carry a tank. On top of that she looks like Wonder Woman. Michael says that there are times that she is so pretty that you get distracted from everything else that is going on.
Chris Pine does a great job as well. We know he can be an action hero from movies like Star Trek, but he’s funny too.
Patty Jenkins knocks her first high budget picture out of the park. She shows that you can make superhero movies that aren’t dark visually and in tone.
The music score sounds like something Hans Zimmer would have composed, but is actually by Rupert Gregson- Williams.
We have two small criticisms. Like many of the other superhero movies this has the big special effects battle with the main villain. I’m not sure who said this was a necessary formula. Even the Marvel movies seem to fall for this. Michael says the dialogue writing could’ve been tighter. And whoever decided to add the modern lingo of ‘it’s cool, you’ve got this’ in this WWI-era film officially made me die a little inside. Perhaps it was ad libbed, but it shouldn’t have made the final edit.
Overall, we loved this movie. We give it a 4 out of 5 stars. As a superhero movie it gets a 5 out of 5. I came out of this film with a feeling I haven’t had since seeing the 1978 Superman movie in the theater.