Director: Patty Jenkins
Screenplay: Allan Heidberg
Story by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Connie
Nielsen, Elena Anaya
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Running Time: 2 hr & 21 min.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can this be the only thing I write for this review? Because it truly is. The DC Extended Universe or DCEU has been receiving a lot of negative reviews from viewers especially DCEU’s last release on August 2016, Suicide Squad. Batman V Superman is a very anticipated movie but even the excitement of DC fans didn’t save the movie from critics, given a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Wonder Woman really brought the DCEU into a higher level receiving a lot of positive reviews from movie critics and people around the world.
Rotten Tomatoes gave Wonder Woman an approval rating of 93% while Metacritic gave it a 73%, IMDb also gave the film a rating of 8.2/10. This movie is being called as the best DCEU film of all time (Wikipedia).
Every scene is breathtaking and will leave you at the edge of your seat—-from the beginning up to the last few scenes of the movie. Those backflips and kicks the amazons did during training and during the battle scenes against the Germans made my adrenaline rise. Every fighting scene in this movie made goosebumps appear on my skin and at one point, I almost teared up because it’s just pure beautiful, and all I can think about is “If Marvel can do it, DC can do it better”.
This movie showed how Wonder Woman came to be. She started out as Diana, a naïve Amazonian princess who came to the world of men with nothing but her determination to save humanity and to fight against Ares. Her quirkiness and questions to Steve are, how can I say this…painstakingly cute? It’s so awkward yet it makes my lips etch into a smile, especially the scene where Diana is trying on different outfits and when she was holding her shield and sword outside the shop. It’s nice to see a few scenes of humor thrown into this action packed movie about the origin of an inspiring hero of today’s generation.
Gal Gadot’s performance was remarkable. She’s the perfect Wonder Woman (hands down) whether it is an awkward Amazonian roaming the streets of London or a warrior leading men into war with her astounding fighting skills in the battlefield.
Gadot’s performance shouldn’t be the only acting praised in this movie, Chris Pine’s character, Captain Steve Trevor is the perfect mixture of a cocky, funny and heroic soldier and there is no one better to portray it than Captain Kirk himself (wink, wink). Seeing David Thewlis in this movie made the Remus Lupin fan inside of me smile, then knowing that he is Ares, God of War made me praise Mr. Thewlis’ acting even more.
All these amazing shots, angles, vision and directing wouldn’t be possible without the head of every film, the director. Patty Jenkins is currently receiving a lot of praises from people around the world because of the amazing job she did in Wonder Woman. She is also the first female director of a studio superhero picture and had the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a female director.
A big round of applause to the director of cinematography and the production design for their artistic mind and sharing it with all of us through the big screen and to everyone who worked hard behind the camera. Trust me, I admire everyone who works behind the camera of every production, mainly because that’s my dream job. They work hard as the actors we see on screen, again, trust me I know because I have been a scriptwriter, a director/assistant director and cameraman for indie films and other projects in school/university.
This movie is very empowering, it’s relevant and timely especially in today’s time where feminism is rising. Wonder Woman left me a very powerful message which is ‘fight for what you believe in’ and that love is a powerful weapon against all kinds of evil. Same with Harry Potter, maybe? And as corny as it might sound it’s kind of true with all the terrorist attacks going on and being LSS to Black Eyed Peas’ performance during One Love Manchester concert, I gotta say, they’re all right. After witnessing two hours of wondrous origin story of a heroine, I felt like I can take on the world.
Wonder Woman is definitely a must see movie. If you’ve been wondering why everybody in the world is talking about it, well because it’s an awe inspiring movie and breaking records all over the world (and the savior of all DCEU films). I recommend this movie for everyone, it’s very moralistic and the whole movie’s great—-the portrayal of WWI atmosphere, the breathtaking Themyscira landscape, the lovable characters, the effects, the directing, the cinematography, the stunts, everything! Everything in this movie is just brilliant. Now I’m excited for what Justice League has in store for us this coming November 17, 2017.