Wonder Woman puts DC back in the race

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Wonder Woman first appeared last year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” where she emerged as the only superhero who created a stir of excitement. Since then fans have eagerly anticipated the new “Wonder Woman” standalone film. 

As a child who grew up watching Lynda Carter play Wonder Woman on television series a million years ago it was difficult to imagine someone else suited to the role. Gal Gadot proved that she not only looks the part, but that she is capable of displaying an innocence that sets her apart from the latest versions of Superman and Batman and still kick some serious butt with style, grace and fantastic poses that look great in slow motion.

“Wonder Woman” is the origin of Princess Diana. Raised in the land of the Amazonians, Diana’s aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright) trains her to be the Amazons’ fiercest warrior. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) turns up in their world while escaping Germans from World War 1, Diana’s curiosity about the outside world is piqued. She becomes convinced that this war is the work of Ares, the god of war. Diana travels back with Trevor to find and defeat him. Along the way to the German lines, Trevor invites three of his more talented friends to assist them. Trevor’s goal to stop a deadly new gas from being released onto the London population clashes with Diana’s goal to kill Ares, and the two set out determined to stop the war in their own way.

The Diana Prince in “Wonder Woman” is a younger, more naïve version of the character from “Batman v Superman.” Her introduction to the world of humans begins in London in 1918, where Diana soon learns how different women are treated compared to her own world. There is a humorous attempt to find an outfit that will prevent Diana from standing out that proves Gadot looks good in almost anything, but leaves the character Diana confused about the strict limitations of women’s clothing. The further the small group travel into the war zone, the more she witnesses the horrors of war. Her confusion with this world grows when her team continues to ignore people in need of help. This Wonder Woman  still believes she can save everyone.

The storyline in Wonder Woman remains steady and moves quickly. The transition from her childhood to the arrival of her love interest allows viewers to learn enough about Diana without getting bogged down with too much history. There are some great looking action scenes as the Amazon women show off just how athletic they are. The flirting between Diana and Trevor reveals that although Diana may be innocent, she’s well aware how reproduction works (for normal people). The move to collect Trevor’s friends at a bar is done in one scene and they are soon in the middle of the war zone where the action stays steady until the end.

From history we know that the war does not end with the defeat of one person. And yet, Diana’s strong convictions allows the audience think that she just might be able to make it happen. She is the embodiment of what Wonder Woman has always symbolized, love equals strength.

As awesome as the fight scenes were, it was the Wonder Woman battle theme music that really got the heart pumping. At times, Diana’s jumps into the air looked more awkward than graceful, but the choreography of the fight scenes, as Diana battles guns with her sword and fists, made up for it. Trevor and his friends are basically there to make her look good as she takes on everyone, and they do a good job of it. She looks great.

Whether you are a comic book fan, a DC fan or know nothing about either, this is a great movie. The plot is well done and the story moves along quickly. The action is consistent, but there are enough comedic and subtle love scenes to even it out. Chris Pine is likeable, actress Robin Wright got in terrific shape for her part and Gadot proves that she was the perfect choice as the new Amazon princess.

Author: Maria Muller

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