Coming into its June premiere, the odds were stacked against ‘Wonder Woman’. Not only did it needed to rejuvenate a cinematic franchise that was one bad film away from flat lining (after the mess that was Suicide Squad), it also had to justify it’s controversial casting of lead star Gal Gadot, as well as prove that female-led superhero films can actually be good (instead of this, this and oh god why?). So yeah, no pressure.
Long story short, did the Amazonian heroine live up to the hype?
Yes, yes she did.
Just like Ben Affleck, the Israeli actress has proven her doubters (myself included) wrong while solidifying her claim as the rightful heir of the iconic tiara. Gal Gadot oozes confidence in the role, while maintaining a perfect balance between innocence and badassery. Oh, and did I mention that she is just unbelievably drop dead gorgeous?
It should be illegal that a man as good-looking as Chris Pine would not only radiate that much charisma, but also have excellent comedic timing. His character’s chemistry with Diana Prince is effortless, as he provides to be the perfect foil against Diana’s naivety, resulting in an amusing (and touching) banter throughout the movie.
In hindsight, ‘Wonder Woman’ is a straightforward movie: Billy McBadGuy wants to do bad things and Miss Captain Awesomeness is here to save the day. So no, I’m not referring to THAT story. I’m referring to the theme of women empowerment.
It’s always tempting for any director to push the envelope of their advocacy in their films, be it about race, religion, politics etc. It would’ve been easy for director Patty Jenkins to do the same about women, by portraying them as flawless superior beings and men as inferior, evil pigs. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Here, Wonder Woman is portrayed as someone who is not only a hero for women, but rather, a hero for everyone.
Nowadays, it’s practically a given that every villain in a superhero movie will be dull, bland and forgettable.
Unfortunately, ‘Wonder Woman’ is no exception. I won’t delve into spoiler territory, but all I can say is that the antagonists are more of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor than Heath Ledger’s Joker.
The End Fight Scene
DC loves its ‘big boss’ fights and boy, do they go all out in this one with the CGI, destruction and superpowers on full display. So much so, you start to go numb.
Look, I’m a sucker for action sequences. I would still love a movie even if the plot is terrible (hello Transformers!) but there is still such a thing as a saturation point. Wonder Woman’s final fight is too drawn out without a satisfying end game, but by that time you’ll be too desensitized to even care. Small doses DC, small doses.
Funny, action-packed, and at times thought-provoking, ‘Wonder Woman’ serves as a treat for women, fans and the general audience – as well as an end to the DCEU’s losing streak.
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