Wonder Woman review

As each year passes, DC has struggled to keep up with Marvel in terms of success when it comes to box office releases. After a disappointing reception of Suicide Squad, Warner Brothers and DC are banking on Wonder Woman to revitalize the franchise. Although we’ve seen the character in previous DC films like Batman vs Superman, the new Wonder Woman film looks at the origins of the titular character and how she came to join up with the Justice League. There’s a lot riding on Wonder Woman’s success, so let’s see how it did!
If you go into Wonder Woman expecting a ton of explosions and CGI, you might be a bit disappointed. Sure, there’s a healthy dose of action scenes and flashy CGI, but the focus of the film is much more about the character. In fact, the entirety of the film is an origin story, requiring the viewer to have no previous knowledge to enjoy it. As super hero franchises get more convoluted with overarching narratives, it’s nice to see a film that has it’s own identity.
The film is broken up into three pretty distinct acts. The movie is over 2 hours long, so each arc of the story is given plenty of time to breathe. Firstly, we get to see the upbringing of Diana (played by Gal Gadot) on the magical island of Themyscira. The island is inhabited by an all-women tribe of Amazon, creations of Greek Gods intended to stop wars and bring peace. Through exploring the history of the Amazon and the origins of her surroundings, we get to see Diana grow up from child to teen, and eventually an adult.
A large part of the movie resembles more a war film than a super hero one. The setting for most of the film is the front lines of World War 1. Lead to the battle by a British spy named Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine of Star Trek fame), a large majority of the action takes place on literal battlefields. A lot of the second act is taken pretty slowly, as Diana learns the differences between her life and the “normal” world. During this time, there’s plenty of humorous scenes and character building moments. As the film progresses, a solid relationship forms between Diana and Steve, a film romance that I bought into and enjoyed. This is mainly due to the excellent chemistry between Galdot and Pine, who both bring excellent emotion when the script calls for it.
I won’t spoil anything about the third act of the film, but most of it is standard super hero fare. The overall narrative concerning the villain was surprisingly well done, and I found myself pretty invested in the climax altogether. Despite the flashy action, there’s some very touching scenes that I didn’t expect to see.
Overall, Wonder Woman is a great time at the theater. DC has struggled to create a human character that viewers can relate to, and craft a story that exists for more than super hero drama. Thankfully, Wonder Woman breaks that mold with an excellent cast of characters played by an even better cast of actresses and actors. Although it’s not a perfect film, it’s one of the best DC has made yet, and manages to keep the DC cinematic universe from falling apart. If you’re looking for an action film with some heart and substance to accompany the explosions, Wonder Woman will fit the bill nicely.

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