Sunday, 11 June 2017

Wonder Woman Review: 5/5

Directed by Patty Jenkins with story and screenplay by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, based on the character created by William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman (2017) is the first female dominant super-hero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005) and it is the first DCEU film to receive worldwide critical acclaim, with $205.0M to its name in the box office in just two weeks.

Despite having no experience in super-hero film direction, Patty Jenkins gives us a shocker and a whole new challenge to the existing minds working in somewhat a similar notion.
“When it comes to superheroes – people really thought that only men loved action movies and only men would go see a super-hero movie. And then the few movies they tried to do with women super-heroes didn’t quite work out.” – Patty Jenkins
Jenkins gives this new challenge to the super-hero world in form of a super-heroin; it has been a long time that we got to watch an execution which is a large-scale competition even to the well-acclaimed superhero productions. In short, she has done it with a woman what many couldn’t do with men.
The film continues to give you astounding suspenseful vibes throughout the whole two and a half hour of its total time, with adequate humorous touch, exceptional visual effects and outstanding choreographed action display.

The film starts in somewhat a modern day in Paris, France, where Diana (Gal Gadot) receives a briefcase sent by Bruce Wayne himself, carrying an old photograph and a note indicating his eagerness to hear the story behind the picture, which forces Diana to revisit her past.
Far ago in a sheltered island of Themyscira, a young Diana (Lilly Aspen) is keen to be trained to become a warrior; while her conservative mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) has her reasons to be against her daughter’s desires, meanwhile her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) emboldens her confidence to learn fighting, the long lasting protection of the legendary Thmyscira is effected when an American veteran Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) in a plane passes through the barrier into Themyscira and crashes into the ocean, and gets saved by Diana, and has plenty of German troops on his tail, which results in a great battle of guns and arrows. Now Steve being held upon the Lasso of Truth explains to the Amazons about World War I and how he has learned of a sinister plan by Germany's General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and his chief chemist Dr. Maru, (Elena Anaya). As Diana discovers the endless war going on in the outside world, she realizes this must be the work of Ares, and embarks on a journey to end the war of all wars whilst discovering her true power as well.

This wonderful execution also includes Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, and Eugene Brave Rock as Chief, “a liar, a murderer and a smuggler” as phrased by the Amazon-Princess herself, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, and Not to forget the good man (not so much) Sir Patrick Morgan played by David Thewlis.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is precisely perfection; she is an individual rather than a replicant. Her body is long and lithe and strong-looking. She has respectfully done a phenomenal job portraying the character, being supremely capable yet utterly innocent; she has set a new bar for female super-heroes.

Chris Pine with his dominant yet inferior character was amusing; he had a lot to cover, romance, intensity, sacrifice, and humor, yet his determination resulted in a respectful execution.

After Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, DC Comic’s fans finally have another worth appreciating film of which they can actually be proud of, all thanks to Patty Jenkins.


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