Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman, brought to the screen by Monster director Patty Jenkins after years in development hell, is far and away the best entry into DC’s Extended Universe yet. It stars Gal Gadot as the titular superheroine, otherwise known as Diana, Princess of Themyscira. Her life is one of peace and quiet until she rescues American pilot Steve Trevor (a winning Chris Pine) after he crashes his plane off the shore of Amazonia. Inspired by his tales of a war to end all wars happening outside the safety of Amazonia, Diana is compelled to action, convinced the conflict has something to do with Ares, the God of War. The film is briskly paced, with some blistering action sequences – one, in particular, set in No Man’s Land on the Western Front, is inspired. Jenkins directs with poise, ensuring the tone is kept buoyant (Diana’s fish-out-of-water schtick is extremely amusing), even in what is an exacting third act that could have done with a rethink. Gadot impresses most, her ability to be both steely and warm-hearted making Wonder Woman someone to idolise for her unshakable beliefs and optimism.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Wonder Woman (2017)”

  1. I really enjoyed the movie too but I would have liked it better if she was projected as warm hearted and yet a little bad ass, vunarability and fish out of water bit added another dimention making her charecter colorful and was all good, what I didn’t like there was the subtle little girl angle and the not so sublte focus on her looks rather than her charecter.

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    1. I see what you mean. But I thought she was bad-ass enough. She was warm-hearted, but you know she would do what she could to protect people, and if that meant beating someone up, then that’s what she did. But I quite liked that it wasn’t too violent. It makes it more approachable for little girls and for her to be the kind of role model she was intended to be all those years ago when her character was created.

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      1. Actually it does exactly oposite, the constant focus on her looks is going to make little girls focus on outer appearances even more, making the girls who don’t consider themselves picture perfect feel even worse about themselves. Also It is going to make them feel like even if you become a super hero you some how have to come across as innocent and approachable being a girl. I don’t think that’s the kind of role model we need to give little girls these days.

        Also Wonder women was a character inspired by early age feminists, a demigod of love and war, raised by and as Amazon warriors, not a pretty little good girl with super powers.

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  2. YAS! That’s what I like to hear. Honestly, after BvS and Suicide Squad I was almost hesitant to buy my ticket. But luckily the movie is released weeks after the United States got it and so I was able to read a couple of reviews to get myself prepared, and to help me make a decision. So glad the film lives up to its expectations. I thought Gal Gadot was ace in BvS (and that theme is the bomb!) and so I hoped she’d continue that awesomeness in this movie. We waited a long time for this, but at least the wait was worth it. Nice review!

    Would you be interested in sharing your work on Movie Pilot? I’d like to invite you to join the platform, and I’d love to hear from you so I can to expand on that. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail, my contact details are on my “About” page. Hopefully talk soon!

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