review Bobby Blakey
Despite most being upset with the casting of Gal Gadot in the role of Wonder Woman for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, along with Affleck’s turn as Batman, she was praised as one of the shining moments to a film met with much controversy. Now the iconic female superheroine is finally getting her own big screen film with Gadot reprising the role alongside a great cast including Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said TaghMaoui, Ewen Bremmer, and Lucy Davis with director Patty Jenkins at the helm, but can they bring the Amazon princess to life in the way that does her justice or will it lack the wonder it deserves?
Wonder Woman follows Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. I have to admit that while I do not hate the character I have never been that big of a fan, but did enjoy what Gadot did in Batman v Superman. I kept an open mind going into this film and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this film. The casting is spot on with everyone bringing their A game to make one of the better super hero films to come along in some time. Gadot is perfectly casted as Wonder Woman and not only carries all the action and look to perfection she brings an innocence to the role that is needed along with all the power you would expect. Chris Pine is no stranger to franchise’s and he steps right into this one offering up some fun and great chemistry with Gadot throughout. The rest of the cast do a good job despite some being a bit underused.
The film is structured together in multiple parts with the first being the focus on her time on Themyscira that is all kinds of awesome, the fish out of water with some humorous results, a war epic and then a full on comic book movie all wrapped up in a golden lasso of fun. Of all the parts the only one that didn’t completely work for me despite still being great is the superhero film ending. Everything that came before it was so awesome despite being so familiar that I was hoping for an ending that perfectly capped it off. There are nods to a variety of different films in its structuring whether intentional or not, but they all make it a better film. The humor helps to keep it from being he brooding gritty world that fans have complained about with the DC Cinematic Universe, but it still stands firmly planted in that universe.
There are some effects that aren’t all that great, but there is nothing here that affected the film enough for me to be let down. In fact it was quite the opposite. I found it to be so much fun on every level that I didn’t even care about the issues I saw. They do not rush anything in regards to the story which makes you connect with the characters all the more, but have no fear there is plenty of action. The action sequences are over the top and a load of fun getting to see Wonder Woman do all the things you expect her to in the coolest of ways. There is plenty of fun with her gantlets and lasso of truth that is sure to keep any Wonder Woman fan cheering.
DC has had a bumpy start with their films depending on you ask, but with Wonder Woman they have turned a corner and hit all the right notes. I have been converted into a cinematic Wonder Woman fan and cannot wait to see what they do with her in this year’s Justice League as well as where future solo adventures take her. Finally fans of the character and females all around the world have their bib screen female hero and it is one that stands atop pretty much every other super hero film out there and will be a hard one to beat.
This release not only includes the film, but also bonus content including a gag reel, extended scenes, and a ton of featurettes that take you further behind bringing this iconic character to the big screen. Own Wonder Woman on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on September 19 or Own It Now on Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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