WONDER WOMAN (PG-13)
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis
Director: Patty Jenkins
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Story & Screenplay: Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs
Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Editing: Martin Walsh
Budget: $149 million
Running time: 141 minutes
Technical Aspects: 3
Before the world knew her as Wonder Woman, she was Diana of Themyscira, an undefeatable Amazon warrior who saved a US pilot. Now it is up to her to save the world from the great War, and change the course of mankind.
DC Comics has had held a huge market in the comic book movie world. There are 12 movies featuring the Caped Crusader, and 7 starring the Man of Steel for the big screen. Yet, the Trinity was incomplete, until last year’s Batman v Superman, where Wonder Woman, arguably was the best part.
Patty Jenkins, then, had the huge task of bringing the character to the big screen in her first solo iteration. And you can be sure, she delivers.
The direction is spot on, the acting wonderful, the visuals are admirable, and moments are mesmerising, but one thing this movie has most is a heart. Wonder Woman doesn’t set to change the much-criticized approach of the DC films, rather – it refines it, and it does so with a heart. The characters and their chemistry shine throughout the film, with Gadot’s Diana and Pine’s Steve Trevor being the solid highlights. Gadot brings out a less refined and a naive Diana to the screen, with a black or white moral code, which changes as the movie progresses. Pine makes a war-worn Steve Trevor, who wants to end the wars. Every scene they are together made for a great moment which keeps you invested.
The movie finds its strengths by getting feminism right: In a genre of movies dominated by primarily by men, Wonder Woman successfully reverses the formula of a damsel in distress, rescuing the men in distress, and when the need came, taking the bullets while the men hide behind her. But then again, even Wonder Woman creator William Marston agreed that women are better than men, and Wonder Woman embodies those ideals.
The music is all around engaging. The Wonder Woman theme, played on the electric guitar, sets the standard for the movie score, and whenever it plays, you know the payoff will be great. Rupert Gregson-William’s score feels just right throughout the movie.Sia’s single ‘To be Human’ is a perfect song for Wonder Woman.
The film is not without its problems, though, as it stumbles in the third act, which though entertaining, is not as good as the movie showed potential for. Add to that a choppy editing here and there, that feel like frame skips. But those problems are never enough to hurt your experience completely. And by the end, you’re left in awe.
Wonder Woman is a win for the DC franchise and the Superhero genre as a whole. A movie that embodies feminism and heart, defying expectations in a way only Wonder Woman can. Charismatic leads, spot on direction and amazing visuals make for one breathtaking ride.
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