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Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster)
Written by Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel), Allen Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy), Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift)
Cinematography Matthew Jensen (Fantastic Four, Game of Thrones (3 episodes))
Music by Ruport Gregson-Williams (Click, Hacksaw Ridge)
Produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel), Deborah Snyder (Watchmen, Suicide Squad), Richard Suckle (Fallen, American Hustle)
Starring Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Keeping Up with the Joneses), Chris Pine (Star Trek, Hell or High Water), Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Robin Hood), David Thewlis (The Big Lebowski, Kingdom of Heaven), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate), Elena Anaya (Van Helsing)
If you are not a fan of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, than you will probably enjoy Wonder Woman. You can cast aside the deep, dark, and dreary ambiance in the movies that DC Comics has provided thus far. No multiple, splintering story lines and characters that we endure in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Batman, Lex Luther, and Wonder Woman are all introduced, and we’re not quite sure of the movie’s direction until the end, which leaves us wanting. Honestly, I came away thinking that the movie only was good because it had Batman; I’m just a sucker for any Batman flick.
Wonder Woman does not rely on the super heroes to carry it, nor the grandiose, cliché, end-of-the-world setting. It is just a good movie, and I think the best DC Comics (besides the Christopher Nolen Batman movies) has given us yet. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Diana Prince) and Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) both turn in marvelous performances. The dialogue between the two is witty, humorous, serious, and moving throughout the film. There are some predictable elements and events that we see between Gadot and Pine, but we do get our share of surprises as well. To avoid any spoilers, I will remain vague as of what events I’m speaking. Now for a bit of the story.
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The story begins with Diana Prince in the Louvre, receiving a mysterious package from Wayne Enterprises. Upon opening the package, we discover it is the photograph of Diana during World War I that we saw in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Attached is a message from Bruce Wayne telling Prince that he’d like to hear her story some time. Now we get to hear it.
Daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), queen of the Amazons on the island Themyscira, Diana Prince wants nothing more than to learn how to fight. The queen will have none of it, but Diana is determined and convinces her Aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) to train her. Antiope realizes and embraces Diana’s full potential, as Queen Hippolyta resists. According to Amazonian lore, the Greek god Zeus created man to be good and in his image. Unfortunately, his son Ares, the god of war, placed jealousy and envy into man, which caused man to fight and to kill each other. To counter, Zeus created the Amazons who were to be a good influence on man and bring about peace. Peace did not last long; however, as Ares killed every god but Zeus. In a last ditch effort, Zeus used the remainder of his power to wound Ares and hid the Amazonians on the island Themyscira while giving them a weapon to destroy Ares. Diana becomes fascinated with the stories her mother tells her, and determines to fight in a war someday. That day is swiftly approaching.
Enter Steve Trevor, an American spy whose plane crashes near Themyscira, accidentally discovering the island once hidden for so long. Diana rescues him from drowning, but he is not alone. German soldiers, hot on his trail, have discovered the island as well and end up killing numerous Amazonians before they are dispatched. Outraged, Queen Hippolyta demands of Trevor his purpose for being there. Once he explains his mission and the millions of deaths in “The Great War”, Diana insists that they must do something. She is convinced that Ares is behind the war and must be stopped.
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That will have to do for the narration since I don’t want to give too much away. Wonder Woman told a good story, provided plenty of action, and left me satisfied. With so many super hero movies being pumped out from Marvel and DC, character development always seems to get put on the back burner when it is more entertaining to blow up buildings and throw cars around needlessly. The time spent in Themyscira gives us a great picture of Diana’s origins as a girl, and give us perspective on the woman she grows up to be. She is rebellious and spirited, but kind, and sees the best in others. Steve Trevor seems to be making up for lost time. When Diana asks him why he fights in the war when he doesn’t want to, he says it’s because he spent a lot of time doing nothing. Both characters in the film have a greater purpose than just living on Themsyscira or just doing nothing. Will they find their purpose? Watch the movie and see.
I’m going to give Wonder Woman an 88%.