As you may recall, we were introduced to the character of “Wonder Woman” (played by actress Gal Gadot) in Batman V Superman last year. While Wonder Woman only had a smaller part in the film, many fans provided excited and positive feedback based on the actress’s portrayal of Wonder Woman. Either way, her brief introduction raised many questions about her past.
Before she was Wonder Woman, her name was Diana…
Wonder Woman goes back in time and tells the untold story of who, what, how etc. Diana is a princess of the Amazons, raised up as a trained warrior. Life is simple and peaceful but that all changes when a pilot crashes into their world and shares the current conflict (WW1) going on in his world. Diana gets curious to know more and will discover her full powers.
When it comes to the old classic question am I a Marvel or a DC fan… Well, I am guilty of presently enjoying the Marvel franchise more. Regardless, I have always had a soft spot for the Batman character and its own movie franchise (except for when George Clooney put on the mask but that’s a topic for another day). To top it off, for anyone who follows Finesse Movie Reviews will also recall that both Batman V Superman & Suicide Squad received disappointing scores:
* Batman V Superman 6.3/10
* Suicide Squad 5.5/10
But, luckily for all Wonder Woman fans, it gives me great honour to announce that this is a totally different film to last year’s efforts when it comes to DC comic character coming to life on the cinema screen.
When I was 1st made aware of Wonder Woman’s duration I was a little concerned that we might be going down the same path as Batman V Superman. Wonder Woman actually takes advantage of the film’s duration and creates incredible (and strong) character development and not just with our leading hero. While the title implies that the film is about one person, I loved the fact that Wonder Woman is also surrounded by many other characters with many skills that assist Wonder Woman and vice versa. The humour between characters should also be credited. As the key characters come from different worlds, it was really humorous watching people try to understand each other and know more about their different upbringings. Steve, played by actor Chris Pine was without a doubt, a perfect on-screen match for Gal Gadot.
Visually, this film is a knockout. It feels a little odd to say, but it was really great to see a DC film with such stunning colours and bright visuals. So many DC films in the past have been very dark, grainy and gritty, but this is not the case with this movie. This can also be said about the film’s clever action sequences. They were a joy to watch and easy to follow. Overall t action scenes are a blast and unpredictable as to what is going to happen next. If I had to be picky (and I will be lol) there was only one battle sequence where I did feel it began to drag a little, with long shots of dialogue between action. This was the only point in the film for me personally where I felt things needed to move on faster.
Overall, Wonder Woman is the type of film that DC fans have been waiting and praying for. This film arrives as a total surprise to me given the previous quality of films representing the world of DC comic. This film is fun, fresh, exciting and not to mention, now breaking history as we finally have a film where fans are left wanting more from our new female leading hero.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden