Who doesn’t like a strong female action character on screen whether its
Trinity from Matrix and her iconic slow motion opening kick or more recent
android Scarlet Johansson from Ghost in a shell, I love them all, even the most
exciting part in horrible Batman vs Superman movie was when wonder woman joins
the end fight sequence. Now imagine what will happen if you add elements of
romance, innocence, will-power and humor to this female action figure. You will get
the wow movie of all time.
Wonder Woman is the most iconic female comic character of all time and with this
movie based on this character DC cinematic universe finally delivers a movie,
all of us have been waiting for. Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman displays all the aspects
of an awesome origin film very well. Wonder Women is not the usual comic book, flashy
popcorn flick. It’s different and is on the lines of recent Marvel’s movie
Logan, a perfect blend of glitz and substance.
My all-time favorite movie from this genre is Marvel’s Captain America-Civil
War and that’s my benchmark for such films, so is Wonder Woman as great as
Civil War? I would say this one is very close only half a point down which I
will explain later.
Story line is set in the early 20th century and is the origin story of
Amazon princess Diana. For 141 minutes, we will see about her early life on the
island of Themyscira, her interaction with military pilot Steve Trevor when he
washes ashore and her journey to/events in London to bring an early end to the
war. This movie is more coming of age drama rather than action-adventure. I
will not say much about the storyline but screen play is neat and takes its own
sweet time to narrate everything. This film has romance, humor and action to
the finest. it 141 mins long but storyline goes so smooth that you will not
feel it. Screenplay also has a very interesting surprise element that is very
well hidden throughout the film and at least I wasn’t expecting it, when the
revelation happened at the end.
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman is spot on. Gadot described her
character as having "many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day
she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence" and that’s exactly
what we see on screen. she looks innocent, naïve, beautiful, strong,
intelligent and super human all at the same time with perfection. Her sincere
performance raises the entertainment value and her screen presence keeps
audience glued to screen. At least I couldn’t get my eyes off her. Chris Pine is
also very convincing as Steve Trevor: A captain from the United States Army Air
Service who is the love interest of Diana Prince. His comic timings and
chemistry with Gal Gadot enhances the humorous and romantic elements of Wonder
Woman. Rest of the cast is good as well but these two characters are only
focused and hence they are only memorable.
I am so glad finally someone used slow motion in action sequences properly.
I hate movies with choppy fast paced action with thousands of camera switches.
I like my action Matrix style, where one can appreciate the stunts and actually
see who punched who. All the action sequences in the movie are unique not only
compared to other movies but from each other as well. There are three grand
action sequences and each is set so different from each other that one cannot
say if they are from the same movie.
In a super hero film usually action sequences appear repetitive as the main
protagonist always has same fighting style with exactly same super powers, what
makes it different for Wonder Woman is that in all the three big main action
sequences we see Diana Prince at different level of self-realization and
confidence which makes each action sequence refreshing and unique. Civil War
achieved that with dozens of super heroes but here wonder woman achieves that
with only one super hero which is sheer display of Petty Jenkins’ brilliant
storytelling and needs to be acknowledged.
Me at the Wonder Women first Middle East Screening by
Novo Cinemas UAE
The only flaw that keeps it from becoming 4.5-star classic like Civil War is
the absence of strong antagonist. There are couple of villains but they all are
not terrorizing or intimidating enough to be considered rival of Diana Prince.
They more feel like fillers to move personal story of Diana Prince, as I said
earlier it feels at times like a very good coming of age drama.
Overall Gal Gadot’s perfection as Diana Prince, Unique action sequences and
smooth flow of screenplay makes it, the best DC cinematic universe film till
date, I go with 4/5 stars
I also would like to thank Novo Cinemas UAE for inviting me to Wonder Woman’s
first Middle East screening and making it possible for me to get this review
out before the official release (which is 1st June).