Wonder Woman (2017)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
Finally! A decent DC superhero film! DC fans rejoice, there may be hope yet for this Cinematic Universe.
I had a great time with this film. Gal Gadot is again fantastic as Wonder Woman, the badass, good-hearted super-heroine we all know and love. The action scenes are great, the characters are fantastic (although I would have liked to see a bit more of some of them) and WONDER WOMAN HAS A GOSH DARN THEME TUNE AND IT'S THE BEST THING!
Yes, my favourite thing about Batman V Superman (2016) has returned! Wonder Woman's theme tune. I love it and it makes me smile every time I hear it.
The film starts out with Diana's childhood where she sneaks away to watch the warrior's train, goes against her mother's wishes and learns how to fight, as well as a brief history of the Amazons and their relationship with mankind. Fast forward a tad and she's all grown up, ready to save the world and bring an end to the War to End All Wars. Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of some of the exposition at the beginning of the film and the narration was a bit much sometimes but that is just a personal opinion (I much prefer to be shown a story instead of having it explained to me).
Despite only being in Themyscira for a short time you quickly grow attached to some of the characters there, they're all pretty likeable and I really want to see more of them in upcoming films. This film has some fantastic characters and does a great job of making them sympathetic, likeable and fun. Something that previous DC films have struggled to achieve (I love Henry Cavill but give him some better lines and stop making Superman so damn miserable!). Etta Candy in particular was amazing and Lucy Davis is brilliantly hilarious in the role but also a little underused in my opinion.
The action set pieces in this film are great. One scene in particular featuring a large group of Amazonian warriors taking on some German soldiers was amazing, excelling at showing off the impressive fighting skills of the Amazonian people. They kick ass and it's great. I love the fact that you can really believe these woman are powerful, strong and well-trained. They look the part and the film is not afraid to show women with muscles (something that seems to be absent from a lot of action films with a female lead). You have Ann Wolfe (an eight-time world champion American boxer) playing the role of Artemis and although it is a relatively small part, she looks fantastic as one of the strongest Amazonian warriors. There's no pandering to the male gaze, no shots where the camera creeps up Gal Gadot's thighs, no gratuitous ass shots and no attempt to dismiss these woman as objects. They are powerful, they are strong and they are smart.
This film does have a few problems but it's good fun and well worth watching. The main villains could have used some better development/screen-time and some of the side-characters didn't get as much attention as I would have liked (more Etta Candy please and thank you). The plot was fine, it wasn't amazing but it was good fun and had some fantastic scenes of Wonder Woman kicking ass and discovering her true power.
Overall this film was a damn good time and does the character justice. After all, we are talking about a character who is a feminist icon in the comic book world and repeatedly inverted the “Damsel in Distress” trope, often rescuing Steve Trevor from danger and escaping from bindings herself (she literally ties up bad guys with a lasso) so I'm really glad we got a film that respects this character and stays true to the ideals she represents.
In one line: It's pretty good man; about on par with Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) so go see it!