Wonder Woman (2017)

When a pilot (Chris Pine) crash lands into the ocean, Diana (Gal Gadot) rescues him. He tells her about a war going on she goes on to help humanity and discovers her true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielson, Danny Huston, David Thewlis

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content

Fun Fact: Gal Gadot was a part of re-shoots while five months pregnant.

I remember while seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and seeing Wonder Woman for the first time in a film, I was excited to see her in her own film. The DC Expanded Universe is behind the Marvel one but, that’s beside the point. I have always liked DC comics the most and it was finally great to actually see Wonder Woman have her own film instead of a television series that was produced back in the 70’s.

Wonder Woman is a refreshing take on superhero films. I had been suffering a burnout from them but, after seeing this, I have a renewed interest in them and want to see more. The script and the direction are top notch and it flows well through the whole film. The film doesn’t waste time on pointless scenes and it gets to the point. We also get quality time with side characters. Wonder Woman wants to get to know them and we get well written scenes of her learning about humanity. All the actors have a great chemistry with these scenes. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine have a special chemistry to them. You want to see these characters together and Jenkins gets the right performances out of them. Gal Gadot does a great job as the title character and she gives it her all. The parts that I enjoyed the most are when she is trying to learn about people and wanting to help them out. She learns that she can’t help everyone and she wants to believe that humanity has good in everybody.

A thing I liked about this and it’s small is the locations. The Amazon’s home land is beautiful and nice to look at. The person that chose the location for the homeland did a great job at picking the area. The scenes with World War I are nice to look at as well. I usually like watching time periods like that in film and can be a bit of a history buff. So, it’s nice to see those types of things in film.

The action scenes are filmed well and it was refreshing to not see shaky camera in the scenes. The camera is focused and set up were the action is shot in full. There isn’t any blurred camera work and you can tell that the filmmakers wanted it to make it clear for audiences to enjoy. At times, there is a slow-motion effect that leads to a payoff. I enjoyed these effects and while it isn’t new in anyway, it was a nice touch in a superhero film. The ending action scenes have a lot going on but, it’s divided well that you will have interest in everything that’s going on.

Let’s get to the best part of the film, Wonder Woman herself. For the longest time, we got a superhero that does what they do because they must or they have a clear motive. For example, Batman avenges his parent’s death’s by fighting crime. In Wonder Woman, we get a hero that wants to help people. She wants to help people because she cares about them and wants to help stop a war that shouldn’t be going on. When she first sets out on to the battlefield for the first time, I’m going to admit that I got a little emotional seeing it. This is this character’s first motion picture and she deserves every minute of it.

Overall, go see Wonder Woman if you haven’t yet. It’s a fantastic film and a refreshing take on superhero films. Gal Gadot is fantastic as the title character and I can’t wait to see more of it. The locations and sets are fantastic and the story is well directed. Patty Jenkins does a fantastic job with everything that was handed to her. Patty Jenkins said this was a dream job and I’m glad that she could deliver us a solid film and one of the better superhero films out there.

Verdict: Hit

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