If “300” consisted of less oily men and pretentious theatrics, it would spawn a smarter blockbuster that is “Wonder Woman.”
Princess Diana of the Amazons must venture from her homeland of Themyscira in order to defeat an unspeakable evil that may have influenced the war to end all wars: World War I.
A great thing about the lore of Wonder Woman is how deeply rooted it is in Greek mythology, something that has been very accessible and engaging throughout all mediums.
However, this tale of destiny and finding one’s place in the world mingles incredibly well into a point in time where humanity was at their wit’s end.
After three films of spectacle and sloppiness, the DC film universe has nailed the script that not only conveyed the warrior’s dance, but also their voice.
Gal Gadot starts the titular role, and practically carried the film with a great range and with complete respect of the character.
Gadot alone did not save the film.
Her love interest pilot, played by Chris Pine, made an admirable sidekick that created a romantic chemistry without feeling dragged out in the rest of the story.
The journey of the film felt more poignant than the results, and as the premise served up a rather hard fact on war in general, it did so to create an exciting origin story.
One thing that might have disappointed filmgoers is that although advertised as a high-octane action bonanza, there is plenty more dialogue that is only broken apart by a few fight scenes.
What felt so genuine about this hero is although almost godlike in power, their values and perspective in helping others is what made them human.
Basically, this film is exactly what the more inconsistent “Man of Steel” should have been.
On top of that, Diana’s understanding of the world of man also peppered some very well-timed and comedic energy that really added to her personality.
Of all the good the film provided, there were a few loose ends courtesy of the superhero film genre.
Some of the CGI still needed some time to adjust to the eyes, as Diana punched German soldiers through buildings as if they were made of rubber.
The antagonist was more or less interesting, but underused. The third act also suffered from the typical final fight that felt rushed, considering how several plot points that led to the fight felt predictable.
Aside the flaws, “Wonder Woman” reached Marvel’s level of storytelling, and Patty Jenkins’ direction of the film really allowed for the soul and strength of the Amazonian warrior to really shine on the big screen.
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