Movie Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017)

Review by lou.

Disclaimer: Before you head into this review, make sure first that you have watched the film as there may be some spoilers ahead as some statements may give out important plot points.

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

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Patty Jenkins wows non-stop with Wonder Woman, which of many things, is an absolute celebration of feminism that glorifies its revolutionary power. In it, we join a female demigod with a striking passion for all things great and just, to save the world from evil. The film opens with a powerful monologue from Gadot’s demigod heroine, which is followed by a display of her eagerness in a splendid training sequence that stuns as immediately as it can, just like the rest of the film does. In that very moment, we land in the female-led world of Themiscyra – populated by ferocious warriors whose hearts are pure with courage and power. Further exposition and background regarding their creation is rolled out, and the film’s message, grounded on female empowerment is zealously revealed. Then and there, Patty Jenkins’ filmmaking prowess enters the scene and never leaves. Bagging an unyielding fearlessness which makes every minute audacious in its own right – treating it to be a superhero movie that is beautiful inside and out. Striding with a human heart that effortlessly captivates, Jenkins finds the perfect heroine in Gal Gadot, with the Israeli stunner carrying us away with a honest, passionate depiction of what could very well be the truest and purest superhero we’ll ever see on film.

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Hers is a heroine, a god, who is packed with empathy – forging a connection, a humanity that could move mountains as so wonderfully proved onscreen by Gadot. Dignity overflows in this heroine’s spirit alongside a courage that roars so loudly to inspire – turning her into an icon to look up to. Tagging along with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor to be sent to war, and stop the madness, she learns about the truth about man’s chaotic intentions, and explores human nature wherein the definition of peace and love is defined for our eyes to see. Gadot and Pine’s chemistry strongly enchants, and the two form a heartbreaking alliance and affection for one another that becomes the film’s core. It’s all earnestly genuine, and surprisingly affective – all owed to an adorable, highly-commanding universality that never holds back due to an impeccably vocal screenplay from Allen Heinberg.

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It may be a such a crucial move for Warner Bros. to finally launch a female heroine for their DC Extended Universe considering all the heat they’re under, but yet, they managed to hit the jackpot by making all the right choices with this superhero film that is 75 years in the making. This all leads to more gratification witnessing Wonder Woman getting the movie that she deserves as it is entirely refreshing knowing that we’ve never had a completely laudable film with a female superhero at its center. Patty Jenkins’ supreme directing abilities brought out both a heroine for the ages, and a comic book movie whose existence relies on a purpose that it more than fulfills as the curtains close. Dignity and honor overflows in this heroine’s spirit, alongside a courage that roars so loudly to inspire, and it turns her into an icon for the world with a superpower so magnificent and real that it’s unbelievable.

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The action that we take part in is thrilling indeed, but there’s something more embedded in them – a message that, significantly empowers women all over just as Gadot’s heroine springs into battle. It’s symbolic, definitely, and it’s more than astonishing to see the film place its male characters to the side for her to take over and show the male heroes that we adore how it should be done. More so, it plays a huge part in the narrative, with the depiction of good vs evil donning a different face than we’ve been accustomed to – speaking with a language that is truthful; transcending beyond reason. While all of its goodness and greatness sounds apologetic for the cinematic universe’s previous critical failures, it doesn’t actually quite make up for the mess that its predecessors had left. Instead, it makes a name for itself, lifting up its own banner that very well catches our attention as it glows so vividly to heed what it has to say. There’s just no denying that Gal Gadot uncontrollably brings goosebumps and good vibrations with her heartwarming performance,  but how she delivers it, will have you speechless.

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With the avoidance of a complicated storyline that only goes straight ahead into what it aims for, Wonder Woman satiates and excites through a lighthearted approach that ultimately has DC winning big with an unceasing crowd-pleaser that would put an indelible smile on the faces of everyone. Tasked with a duty that lets mankind and humanity realize, and do something with the madness that occurs around the world, it transforms from merely a superhero’s first outing into a huge beacon of hope that illuminates and enlightens – possibly for eternity. Its secret weapon, that is blasted towards its viewers, latches with a power so great that you yourself will feel like your own mighty superhero.  Shouting out with a voice so resonant, it ought to shake and wake up our very souls through a timeliness that will have you contemplating about the state of our humanity for today and tomorrow. In the end, it’s safe to bet and say that, Wonder Woman is the first truly inspiring comic book movie – the one that we just needed in times of pandemonium and distress. It’s spectacular, encouraging, and relevant. Timely, potentially timeless but above all, immensely inspiring.

Rating:

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Wonder Woman is now showing in Philippine cinemas from Warner Bros. Pictures. See it in IMAX 3D.

 

 

 

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