The doom and gloom that has plagued the DCEU may, for the time being at least, be over. Yes, the savior of the DC Universe may in fact be a woman. If that bothers you may I suggest an enema and a swift kick in the ass. Finally we have a film that is colorful, vibrant, and most importantly, coherent. There is a discernible beginning, middle, and end with each just as important as the last. The characters are strong and fleshed out with equal sides humor and tragedy fueling their desire to end the attempted reign of the German war machine of WWI. The journey these characters face is arduous and filled with loss but through their united mindset they have the tools to persevere. At the forefront is their guiding light, their sharpened spear, Woman Woman.
Gal Gadot won the coveted role of Diana Prince and has truly done the source material justice (League). She is equal parts stunningly beautiful and a complete and utter bad ass. She wields swords, shields, bracelets, and of course that glowing Lasso of Truth to great extent and satisfaction. As tough and graceful as she is, one of the most endearing parts to this film is her naivete to the world outside of her paradise home. From the proper dress attire of early 1900’s to her first ice cream, Diana is a fish out of water… a fish with a sword and shield. She is teaching those she encounters just as much as they are teaching her. Her greatest teacher is Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor.
Thanks to wonderful writing and acting, their blossoming relationship is a welcome addition rather than a forced one. Their playful back and forth banter is heartwarming and natural. Pine and Gadot are two peas in a pod and from beginning to end each is wildly entertaining and meaningful. The characters from Diana to Steve to Steve’s cohorts are well written characters with backgrounds that dictate how they behave in the current world confrontation. Ewen Bremner plays Charlie, a seemingly weak and drunkard with supposed sniper rifle skills. Despite his outer confidence we begin to see signs of PTSD as he hesitates to pull the trigger once again. He is a mix of happiness seeped in great tragedy that is played out emphatically. Each character here is shown a similar kind of respect with a fair amount of screen time to present just exactly who they are and why they matter to the story. But of course it’s the doomed relationship of Prince and Trevor that really shines through and helps drive the story forward. This is the most surprising and welcomed aspect of the Wonder Woman film, the characters are the main focus with action and spectacle following just behind.
With bits of action sprinkled throughout the film, there are three epically executed scenes that shape the characters and their journey. From horseback and arrows to tanks and chemical warfare, each action scene has its own flavor creating an always fresh palate of spectacle each time she dawns the iconic Wonder Woman look.
A major missing ingredient in past DC films has been a tonal balance specifically between drama and comedy. It seems that maybe DC is learning that both are possible. One or the other is not a requirement as both kinds of scenes happen in a sort of choreographed dance of laughter and violence, humor and pain. I want what these characters want, moments of levity to alleviate the darker times of loss and chaos brought on by the ugliness of war.
Patty Jenkins directs a beautiful, highly visual film with a stellar cast and solid story all combined to make the first truly great DC film of this already established universe of Affleck’s Batman and Cavill’s Superman. Justice League is looking brighter already. If anything, that film should feature another memorable performance from Gadot. They finally did it! See this movie and enjoy it as a film that is unanimously great and thankfully not one divided between garbage and greatness. Females of all ages finally have the superhero and unquestionable role model they deserve. Wonder Woman is superhero filmdom of the highest caliber and I for one can’t wait to see what’s next for this Amazonian warrior.
Rated PG-13 For: sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Runtime: 141 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Ewen Bremner, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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