I often hear critic complaining about the deluge of superhero movies at the local multiplex, but for my money, keep bringing them on. Although I am always up for a good drama, I mainly go to the theatre to escape and have fun. I love a good popcorn flick and I think they are just as important as all the ‘artistic’ films out there as well. DC is playing a bit of catch up with Marvel, whose cinematic universe has been succeeding spectacularly since 2008 with Iron Man. But DC is still doing well with Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. But the newest film in their line-up has considerably upped the ante and given them their first unanimous hit with Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, an Amazon princess on the mysterious hidden island of Themyscira who travels to the world of regular men with American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to try and stop the God of War, Ares, whom she believes has caused World War I. In the process, Diana discovers her great powers and that there is not only great evil in man, but great hope.
Wonder Woman lives up to its name with a beautifully epic adventure movie full of fantastic imagery, great performances, kick ass action sequences and genuine heart. There may have been doubters initially when Gal Gadot was announced to filling the shoes of one of the most iconic superheroes ever, but audiences and critics alike all seem to agree that she really nailed the character. She carries off the toughness, the innocence, and the determination flawlessly and makes Wonder Woman a new hero that stands tall even with screen veterans like Marvel’s Iron Man and Captain America. After her amazing debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where she not only stole the whole movie with her scenes but saved both Superman and Batman’s asses, we all wondered if she could maintain the cool factor in a whole movie of her own but thanks to director Patty Jenkins and a great screenplay by Allan Heinberg, it is one of the best movies of the year and one of the best superhero movies period. And I didn’t even begin to talk about the supporting cast, from Connie Nielsen as Diana’s mother to Robin Wright as Diana’s mentor on the island to the brilliant performance by Chris Pine as Diana’s American sidekick, Steve Trevor, who is heroic on his own but Diana never panders to him. She stands on her own without his assistance ad they have a bit of a crush on each other but ultimately respect each other before all else. Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie for the whole family with some of the best superhero action we’ve seen yet on screen, guaranteed you will never forget the ‘No Man’s Land’ scene. Very highly recommended.