“Wonder Woman” Review

1 June, 2017

Director: Patty Jenkins
Screenwriter: Allan Heinberg
Director of Photography: Matthew Jensen
Cast: 
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis

Synopsis: The fierce origin story of DC’s Wonder Woman; a warrior born and raised as Princess of the Amazons who ventures from paradise to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of a banished god.

Wonder Woman Review:

A film of exhilarating importance within the floundering DC universe and one that sets the bar for future instalments, “Wonder Woman” is a fierce and fiery take on Diana Prince’s origin story and it sees Patty Jenkins adapting a comic book series that begs to be revealed outside of the everyday scuffles of Batman and Superman. Made to be consumed separately from the evolving Justice League and tied together with a catchy jingle, “Wonder Woman” makes little mention of the franchise’s contemporary context as the producers sift back through the past and miraculously emerge in a WWI setting.

Wonderfully in touch with the source material but also a slave to the rhythms of superhero cinema, the film nurtures its backstory through astute tonal consistency (a rarity in Snyder’s extended universe) yet its bonkers lead villain and endless slow motion create an aesthetic that feels far too standard for such an uncompromising action movie. Perfectly imperfect, “Wonder Woman” matches brilliance with mediocrity, crafting incredible fight sequences while allowing a number of English-speaking performers to rather cringily attempt to match the inflections of Gal Gadot’s discernible accent.

Despite some disappointments in the world of the Amazons, the film musters a huge amount of strength in its battle sequences, trawling through the chaos of war with the usual doom and gloom of the DC colour palette but also finding humour in unexpected places as British sweetheart Lucy Davis discovers her niche as Wonder Woman’s right-hand lady during a number of hilarious readjustment sequences. Grasping the progression of her character with complete ease, Gal Gadot transforms from inquisitive girl to disillusioned warrior while her empowerment does little to degrade those around her whose presence merely bolsters her later greatness as she steals the screen and refuses to sacrifice the limelight.

 

   

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