Wonder Woman

Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am not a comic book enthusiast and I am not a scholar like many of you in knowing these characters. So Wonder Woman has finally arrived from DC. After having received a mixed response to all the other justice league films, this movie’s fate was something that everyone was looking forward to see. Wonder Woman is an impressive film from DC who manages to finally crack that right mixing to make an entertaining superhero(ine) film with practical humor and sensible politics.

This movie is more like an introduction to our leading lady Princess Diana. She was raised in an island Themyscira by her mother and fellow Amazonians. She was trained to be a fighter and Diana always had that fire in her to fight against Ares, the God of War. When a soldier from the actual world accidentally enters Themyscira, Diana gets to know about the actual World War 1. Her decision to be a part of it and how it all eventually makes her a part of the modern day society is what Wonder Woman dealing with.

The sort of dark tone almost every DC superhero movie had was one thing that made it not so appealing. The writing failed in those movies to create something exciting and include elements that would enhance intrigue and the fun factor. The last two Superman films were way too dependent on set pieces. The good thing about Wonder Woman is that they have analyzed all this and tried to make it more coherent. We get to see an earnest Diana throughout the film. As soon as the character of Steve Trevor comes in to the picture, we get to see the innocence of Diana which leads to some really funny moments. Her lack of awareness of the world is not channeled only to utilize it on a humorous aspect, the sort of retrospective analysis about the human nature to go after violence and power also gets depicted through this character’s outbursts.

Patty Jenkins adds the much needed energy to the movie. It never goes to an entirely moody phase even though the story is frequently going through bright and dark phases. The screenplay manages to construct sequences that look sensible within the context of the world war. The only area where the movie sort of fumbles is in the last quarter where we get to see a conversation between Diana and Ares. It is something that we have seen in Man of Steel and this time the theatricality of the conversation was a bit high. But Patty Jenkins rescues that sequence by not overdoing it with the kind of visual effects explosion we have seen in the other films. Things are getting destroyed in huge volume, but it isn’t as disastrous as what we have seen in Zack Snyder’s Superman series. Visuals are great. Visual effects are pretty good and it makes action sequences look very elegant on screen.  The background score was also quite catchy.

The ravishing Gal Gadot looks perfect for the part and the performance was also good. The innocence and honest desire to help people was portrayed neatly by the actress and she had that grace to be this super woman. Chris Pine scores enormously in all those initial sequences with his comedy timing. The elaborate cast has many other names and they all performed very well.

Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DC extended universe in my opinion. It has got all the elements of fun, thrill, conflict and ideologies (slightly over dramatic) in an almost perfect ratio to give us a feeling of watching a perfectly structured superheroine film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts

Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DC extended universe in my opinion. It has got all the elements of fun, thrill, conflict and ideologies (slightly over dramatic) in an almost perfect ratio

Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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