Review for the Recent "Wonder Woman" Film

"Wonder Woman" Starring Gal Gadot

"Wonder Woman" Starring Gal Gadot

Finally, after what feels like forever since DC and Warner Bros have released a decent film, Wonder Woman brings DC back to where it was during the Dark Knight era. 

When the film begins, viewers might feel a sense of dread as an aerial view of the Louvre shoots across the screen and Gal Gadot's titular heroine does a voiceover with eerie music––are we really going to start this movie where we left off in Batman v Superman?––and the answer to that is a resounding no. Once the small continuation of the franchise is established, when a mysterious package is sent from Bruce Wayne and arrives at Diana’s office at the antiquities department of the Louvre, we then go back in time to her earlier life, long before the events of Batman v Superman

Directed by the incredible Patty Jenkins with a script by Allan Heinberg, Wonder Woman triumphantly shakes off the typical blockbuster brand and becomes something so much more than a predictable superhero film––and that would be a pretty great movie.

But first, and most importantly, this an origin story. It establishes the mythical background and modern mission of its heroine. Origin movies can become predictable, but Wonder Woman does it just right with plenty of screwball humor, spy genre espionage, and romantic adventure. 

Gal Gadot proves that she was born to play the role of Wonder Woman and shows that women can be fierce and loyal. Some might not be convinced of her casting, but as we first saw her in action in Batman v Superman, she rises to the challenge and plays her character as both ridiculously strong and sweetly naive. Chris Pine is great and charming in his role as Steve Trevor. Gadot and Pine have perfect chemistry together, and their banter is sexy and energetic. 

The action sequences never get repetitive due to the how each sequence incorporates new elements and a new setting. Ultimately, Wonder Woman is an exciting and intoxicating comic book-adapted origin story that gives this famous and fierce superhero a live-action film that honors the character’s legacy. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins deliver a movie that exceeds expectations and is inspiring.    

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