WONDER WOMAN (2017) Review
Directed by Patty Jenkins
It really is indeed the best time to be comic book movie fans as Warner Bros. Pictures’ and DC Comic’s big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman is one of the best superhero movies made.
Not that Wonder Woman is something original, but the film is sincere in telling a story worth seeing. Not trying to be too complicated or too edgy, just a story of a girl who grew up to be the Amazon Princess, Diana Prince.
The film tells the story of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), innocent from all the dangers and impurity outside of Thermyscira, a paradise where the Amazons live. Until a stranger, a man, crashes inside the island of Thermyscira and on that moment, her life changes.
The storytelling is straightforward, it might feel familiar to some war films (including Captain America: The First Avenger) but Wonder Woman feels like a breath of fresh air, especially for the DC Extended Universe. Unlike Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, the film doesn’t have too much of anything, just the right amount of story, charm and action sequences.
Gal Gadot, like her special participation in Batman V Superman has the look and feel of a female superhero that is Wonder Woman. She perfectly embodied the innocence of her character from the outside world and the fierceness of a warrior. Her character is perfectly balanced by Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) being the driver of what her story is to become.
Wonder Woman boasts the right amount of incredible and jaw-dropping fight sequences which are stylish, but not too stylish. This is a big win for DC, not just because it’s well-written and directed but also because Wonder Woman gets to be a true symbol of hope, not just as a character in the film but also for the whole DC Extended Universe.
It’s an exciting and fun adventure, and it doesn’t forget how pure Diana Prince’s heart is from start to finish. That’s how the audiences will connect to her character, will follow her character. It’s a clear vision of what the film wants to present, how an innocent chooses to fight for what she believes in whether the people she’s fight for deserves it or not.
It’s a movie for everybody. The fact that it is action-packed and has scenes that uplifts moral values and is a superhero movie? Yes, there’s still violence and a little bit of romantic scenes there, but the film is bolstered by courage, hope, love and strong will to fight for peace, and that’s just pretty wonderful.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Wonder Woman” is now showing in 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX 3D in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.