An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Patty Jenkins). ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis
Release Date: Jun 02, 2017
Rated: Rated pg-13 Some Suggestive Content, Sequences of Violence and Action
Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
I’ll start off by saying that I’m terribly biased when it comes to Wonder Woman thanks to reruns of Lynda Carter’s iteration from the 70’s which led to a lifelong fandom. Wonder Woman has always been my favorite superhero and I’ve actually read a handful of comics and watched endless amounts of Bruce Timm produced animation. Needless to say, I can understand why it’s so difficult to nail the character. Patty Jenkins and Batman vs. Superman scene stealer Gal Gadot had a large task in front of them. Thankfully they nailed it. Wonder Woman’s first foray onto the big screen is a rousing success. Patty Jenkins layers the film with a handful of themes but they are done subtly and organically throughout. Most importantly, it’ll all feel right for long time fans of the character. Wonder Woman is a tough blend since she’s a warrior but also incredibly compassionate and caring. Gal Gadot is able convey all of this with relative ease throughout, all the while showing off glimpses of some fine comedic talent.
Gadot has a magnetic energy about her that’s just incredibly infectious. Moving the film’s setting to World War 1 is an incredibly smart move since it gives us and Gadot a chance to show off an innocence in Diana’s character as she explores man’s world for the first time. Chris Pine comes off as a pleasant surprise, in what is easily my favorite performance from him. Pine and Gadot have an undeniable and realistic chemistry that’s as playful as it’s heartfelt. Once the action moves into the battlefield, Jenkins and her cast show off an excellent handle on how to do action sequences properly. There are 2 sequences that are sure to give longtime fans goosebumps. If there is a minor complaint, it’s a tab bit of overuse of slow mo. The sequences would have been better served if they’d held back on that just a tad. Some of the minor drawbacks are the villains, Danny Huston’s character is about as one note as they come and Dr. Maru aka Dr. Poison comes a bit too cartoony for my taste. Additionally, the third act does fall into the big battle trope most superhero films use. A tad bit of trimming could have helped it since it overstays its welcome by a few minutes. Regardless, when the film is done you can’t help but be impressed by how fun, emotionally layered and loving crafted Wonder Woman is by all those involved.