Ask and you shall receive… a few years later but it was worth the wait. For years, DC fans have asked for a superhero movie to push DC up a level.
And Wonder Woman did it. Patty Jenkins did it. Gat Gadot did it. Women did it. It’s really hard not to gloat especially when for years the narrative was that women aren’t into action movies or superhero movies. That women can’t direct them and a woman as a lead can’t appeal to the audience.
Well, how about that?
Coming out of the cinema, and barely two hours after the Wonder Woman premiere, I can barely find the words to describe the experience. Because that’s what it was. Last year I was in awe to see Batman and Superman on the same screen. I didn’t care for the quality of the movie or the fighting that didn’t happen between them; I’m a fan who’s easily pleased and just seeing them on the screen together was enough. Martha ridiculousness put aside. But the moment Wonder Woman appeared out of nowhere in the middle, shield on one arm and sword on the other, I was sold. Diana became a bright spot in this dark and gloomy universe to look forward to and boy did she deliver.
No matter how many times I’d seen the trailer nothing could possible prepare me for the places this movie would take me.
- Origin story? Check.
- Coming of age story? Check.
- Badass action scenes? Check.
- Unbelievable character growth? Check.
- Humor? Check check check check.
- Love story? Check.
- WW1? Check.
- Mythology? Check.
It checks all the freaking boxes. Wonder Woman is a movie DC fans can be proud of and actually scream it from the rooftops, DC DID THAT! The movie starts as an origin story of Diana, I didn’t expect there to be so much of her background, yes for future movies the character had to be properly set but this went deep and it felt amazing to be in their world and see the Amazons training and fight, they were majestic, so beautiful and out of this world – literally. And it moves to a coming of age story as Diana realizes her powers are unlike her fellow Amazons. Enter Steve Trevor, a spy who crushes on her island.
Let’s take a moment to talk about the male character next to a female lead superhero.
Steve Trevor: Have you never met a man before? What about your father?
Diana Prince: *like it’s completely normal* I had no father. My mother sculpted me from clay and I was brought to life by Zeus.
Steve Trevor: *awkward pause where his face goes WTF is she talking about and then nods* Well that’s neat.
By far one of the most hilarious scenes in the movie, we were all to tears after this, I’m still chuckling to myself just remembering it, HOW IS THIS A DC MOVIE, WHAT A TIME TO BE A FAN!
First of all, the chemistry between Chris Pine and Gal Gadot was amazing. The casting for this movie nailed it! Their scenes were hilarious, as Steve tries to understand what part of the world he crushed into and why is this woman keep telling him she was made out of clay and then later, as Diana is brought to London and she’s unsuccessfully trying to blend in. This could have gone badly, Steve’s character could have easily been a sexist asshole – she’s a woman, far more superior to him but no, he stood next to her, ready to guide her when needed and just as ready to take a step back and let her kick ass. It was brilliant to watch them navigate between worlds and take turns saving each other but never overshadowing her presence or making him look bad, or better. Perfectly balanced.
As Diana arrives in London ready to stop the war that will end all wars, WW1 becomes the center of the story. It did remind me a lot of Captain America: The First Avenger, and that’s a huge compliment. WW allows the character’s arc to slowly build up and especially during the second act, Diana takes a huge step as Wonder Woman and reveals her true identity, walking into No Man’s Land.
Apart from the color that was greatly lacking in the previous DC movies, COLOR MATTERS PEOPLE USE IT, WW managed to give each character the amount of screen time required to make me care for them. Diana wasn’t just WW, kicking asses and being a God among people. Steve wasn’t just her romantic partner, he brought a lot to this movie, and the sidekicks each brought something small that in the third act mattered a lot.
Also, I didn’t expect the love story to become so intense and real. Steve and Diana share a lot of moments on-screen that slowly build up to something and when it finally happens… I cried. I cried like a baby. It certainly gave a lot of memorable scenes.
“I can save today. You can save the world. ”
If I had to nitpick and say something negative, that would be the villain, sure by now I’m used to villains being a little over the top and so dramatic.. could it have been better? Sure.
Did that make the movie less wonderful than it was? No.
Is it re-watchable as a standalone superhero movie that covers multiple genres? HELL YEAH!
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There’s a scene where Queen Hippolyta says to Diana, be careful in the world of men, Diana, they do not deserve you. And we truly do not.
Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? If not, do you plan to watch it?