Wonder Woman: A Wondrous Adaptation of the Powerful Female DC Superhero
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Diana’s (Gal Gadot) brief role as Wonder Woman in DC Extended Universe’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice struck an instant chord with the audience. Appearing out of nowhere, Diana defends Doomsday’s attack and Batman is wonderstruck looking at the fierce red-and-gold armored superhero. Wonder Woman brings out the origins of the once mysterious character to the fore with courage, action, humor and a big heart.
Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) lives in the hidden island of the Amazons, where she grows up to be a warrior aka Wonder Woman. American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who crash lands into the water of the Amazons, is rescued by Diana. Diana seeks to end the World War along with Steve Trevor, but their mission to end the World War I holds a greater purpose.
Unlike DC Extended Universe movies such as Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman which had sloggish storylines, Wonder Woman brings out a dynamic superhero that inspires with its memorable storyline and showcases one-of-a-kind battle skills among the superheroes in DCEU.
The film has several funny and charming moments with Diana and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Diana trying to understand human nature, her witty statements and her curious gaze along the streets of London hits the right note. Director Patty Jenkins has perfectly portrayed feminism and women empowerment through the perspective of Diana. As a character that has never seen a man, Diana can pack punches, remains loyal and achieves what she intends to do without anyone telling her what to do.
Cinematographer Matthew Jensen’s capture of the stunt sequences in slow motion deserves a mention, enhanced by the stunning production design of Aline Bonetto. The film does give its CGI a miss in an action sequence, where the scene seems to be straight out of a video game, but the rest of the action sequences with the Hans Zimmer’s electric guitar theme in the background makes up for it.
The ending of the film sets the stage for the upcoming Justice League film, where Wonder Woman will be a terrific superhero that the audience will waiting for, among the black and blue crusaders.