In a world so saturated with comic superheroes (and such a predominantly male-centric world it is) there was a little hesitation about the Wonder Woman ﬁlm. Would it be a worthy debut solo ﬁlm appearance for Diana Prince, the Amazonian princess and warrior who has been well-loved for more than 75 years?
Yes. This is the origin story that a true superhero deserves, with a storyline that is contextual enough to ﬁ t into the outside world built by the DC Comic universe of ﬁlm but also self contained within its own bubble.
We ﬁrst meet Diana as a young princess wishing to train hard enough to rival her mother and aunt, but often forced to stay safe as the only child on the hidden paradise island of Themyscira.
As she grows older, she trains secretly until her mother discovers how powerful she is becoming, and when Diana’s destiny cannot be entirely hidden any longer, she admits her training may be necessary for her to survive.
And when a pilot crashes into their waters and brings news of the raging world war outside the privacy of their island, Diana is forced to make a decision that will seal her fate forever. There seems to be something for everyone in Wonder Woman.
There’s Greek mythology, plenty of action, humour balanced with seriousness, enough history to link it to reality and a healthy appreciation of friendship and relationships. Gal Gadot in her biggest starring role plays Diana to perfection, both with the innocent eyes of one sheltered from the world for so long and one who is more intelligent than ﬁrst appears.
She was (as many would agree) one of the best things about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and here she truly shines in her own spotlight with enough emotional range to truly capture audiences in her portrayal of Wonder Woman.
Chris Pine also stands out as ﬁ ghter pilot Steve Trevor, and their on-screen relationship is more believable than some romance ﬁ lm relationships.
The brotherhood friendships between Steve and his compatriots Charlie, Chief and Sameer and even between Steve, Diana and Steve’s secretary Etta are additions that make the ﬁlm well-rounded and, for lack of a better word, real.
With the lightest of touches at beginning and end to cement Wonder Woman in the modern world, director Patty Jenkins has left the breadcrumbs for more (Justice League is due out in November) but it is also a great standalone ﬁlm.
In no more than 10 words: Wonder Woman is a ﬁlm that gets everything absolutely right.
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