Before I start, let me just get this disclaimer out: No, I’m not a women’s rights activist and no, I don’t see a bit of myself in Wonder Woman (that would be awkward). The reason why I simply adored this film was purely because it was a really fantastic one.
As we all know, Warner Bros. has not seen the greatest of successes from their last string of DC superhero instalments, with both the last Superman film and Suicide Squad scoring lower than intended with both box office fans and critics alike. Worse even, Warner Bros. can’t even use the excuse that grittier superhero movies are an impossible ask, as Marvel’s Logan took a very dark, dread-laden approach that paid off in spades. The DC movie universe needed a life line and I think even Warner Bros. themselves were surprised as to how well Wonder Women would be received.
|The chemistry between Gadot and Pine is one of the movie's greatest assets.|
Whilst I was watching Wonder Woman, I couldn’t help but recall fond memories of watching the Captain America films – both Captain America and Wonder Woman take a refreshingly understated approach to the superhero formula. Whilst both of the protagonists master noticeable powers that classify them as superheroes, they are far from being invincible, both from a physical and mental perspective. In the case of Wonder Woman, we are presented to a relatively naive character, with an almost unfaltering belief in the goodness of man. This naivety is both Wonder Woman’s greatest asset and curse, as it provides her with a solid drive for her actions, whilst simultaneously blinding her to the inherent darkness that lies within mankind.
In the hands of a less skilled actress, Wonder Women’s predisposition for hopefulness could have easily sunk the entire movie. Thank goodness for us, Gal Gadot imbues her character with the perfect balance of empathy and conviction, treating us to a superhero that is both believably human and mesmerizingly commanding on screen. It’s worth mentioning that Chris Pine’ also shines as the male lead, as he guides Gadot through a turbulent and emotional journey of self-discovery.
"...Gal Gadot imbues her character with the perfect balance of empathy and conviction, treating us to a superhero that is both believably human and mesmerizingly commanding on screen."
But if the only reason you want to watch Wonder Women is for amazing action sequences, then don’t fret, your prayers have definitely not gone unanswered. Due to amazing cinematography, a captivating score and spectacular special effects, virtually every action sequence of the film is an exhilarating experience, standing tall against some of the best the superhero film franchise has to offer.
Wonder Woman’s less dark and more cheerful demeanour stands in stark contrast to other recent DC superhero films and I’m very curious to see how its success will shape and inform the future of DC superhero films. Here’s hoping director Patty Jenkins has inspired Warner Bros. to revaluate their approach to the DC universe for the better.
Highlight: Wonder Woman's very first fight during WW1 is simply breathtaking.