Friday, June 2, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman captures the essence of hope and inspiration in the live-action adaptation of the widely recognized comic book character published through DC Comics. Director Patty Jenkins helms the movie. It stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Connie Nielson, Robin Wright, and Danny Huston.

 Spy and pilot Steve Trevor is trying to stop the Germans from winning World War I. Diana, Princess of Themyscira, believes she has been chosen to destroy Ares, the God of War. Together, they embark on a mission for peace as the events of WWI begin to reach an all-time high in Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot brings an entirely new understanding to the word “acting” as she presents herself as Wonder Woman. The actor manages to create an already identifiable character to nearly anyone on this planet into a personality that truly has an innocence and graceful presence to her. She is strong, has a sword named “God-Killer,” a shield, the Lasso of Truth, and, of course, her iconic armor. Wonder Woman has never been better and more of a versatile character than right now.

Steve Trevor, played by the charismatic Chris Pine, impresses audiences with his fantastic performance. He portrays a battle weary soldier, who is given hope by this woman who claims to be destined to end war by killing Ares. He is both confused by this and inspired by her determination to stop the conflict. Pine gives a performance that will be long remembered as a source of inspiration and true humanity.

The performances of Connie Nielson and Robin Wright, while both exceptional, are utilized merely as stepping stones to help illustrate how Wonder Woman is the warrior we know and love in comics and movies. David Thewlis gives us a performance that will likely never be forgotten in the genre of superhero movies and fans will be thoroughly surprised with his character.

Wonder Woman is utterly spectacular, to say the least, when it comes to production values. The Island of Themyscira is unspeakably beautiful and has such a striking contrast to other sets such as London or Berlin. The sound design is incredible and never catches one off guard with an awkward noise or cue. The breathtaking cinematography features some of the finest shots ever seen in a cinematic comic book adaptation or period piece. It also gives us flawless action scenes which are incomparable to anything witnessed before in a superhero or adventure film.

The soundtrack, designed by Rupert Gregson-Williams, is perfect for the setting and feel of Wonder Woman. It will be long remembered with the ingenuous use of Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme, which fans praise as being one of the best themes for a superhero ever created.

Wonder Woman is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content. It also contains profanity.

Overall, Wonder Woman screams perfection and sets the bar extremely high for future comic book and superhero big-screen adaptations. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have not only created a film which serves as inspiration for fans everywhere, but have successfully given us a movie in which the lead actress is not over-sexualized. It captures the essence of a superhero movie with a sense of awe and amazement while still managing to create a relatable character with motives that will surely inspire anyone who watches.

Diana Prince is a character that empowers girls and women and also shows that vulnerability and strength often go hand-in-hand. She demonstrates how love can encourage us and that even the smallest work of good in life can change the world. Her name is rightfully Wonder Woman.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 and a half.

(Reviewed by Everett Shirey)