Wonder Woman: Nothing Short Of Wonderful
The film is a star making turn for its lead lady Gal Gadot and a much required relief for the DC universe
Superhero films don’t usually stand out for their exemplary acting. There have been some exceptions in the past, of course, and Wonder Woman will certainly be included in that list in the days and years to come. In the very first live-action theatrical film based solely on the DC Comics character, Gal Gadot puts in a performance for the ages (she portrayed the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman as well). The chemistry shared between Gadot and Pine is also something to behold; the scenes involving the characters’ initial conversations are laced with genuine intelligence and wit. Full marks go to Allan Heinberg’s screenplay that keeps you riveted throughout the story’s undulating journey. Patty Jenkins’ direction must also be commended, for we get to see Wonder Woman from an authentically female perspective. While most of the action sequences are par excellence, there may have been one too many of the slow-mo variety.
Cast: Gal Gadot. Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
Director: Patty Jenkins
In Themyscira, the island home of the Amazonians, a young Diana dreams of being a fearless warrior. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta, however, forbids her daughter from being trained. She recounts to the girl a story of how Ares, the God of War, was responsible for corrupting mankind and killing all the other gods, except Zeus. As Diana grows into adulthood, she is secretly trained by her aunt. Though her mother is opposed to this, she lets the training continue, but holds on to a grave secret in order to protect her daughter. Shortly after, a fighter plane manned by Steve Trevor crashes into the sea of Themyscira. As Diana saves Steve from drowning, hundreds of German soldiers enter the realm in hot pursuit of the pilot. The Amazonians fight off their intruders, only to gather that Steve is an Allied Spy in World War 1. While being interrogated, he reveals that German General, Erich Ludendorff, and his scientist associate, Doctor Poison, are planning the use of a deadly gas in the war. Diana frees Steve, and they travel to London together. She believes that Ludendorff is Ares himself and that his destruction will end all war.
Between all the film’s death-defying battle sequences, is the infusion of a great deal of humour. And this, along with the superlative acting of the whole cast, is one of the true highlights of Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot lends an authentically heroic quality to her portrayal of the titular character (something that is lacking in most superhero flicks). It is clear that Gadot is a star to look out for in the future. One can well surmise that the roles are just lining up for her by now!