When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
So I’ve been excited to watch this movie for some time but I waited until I got the blu-ray…then I waited some more until my birthday the other week to finally watch it, lol.
I just finished watching the movie as I start to type this and I have to start by flailing about the No Man’s Land sequence that I heard floating around the internet. Like, from the beginning I was like “Yeah, yeah, Gal Gadot is great, her Wonder Woman is great, you see her coming-of-age as a hero, etc.” but that moment she said “No, we’re going to save these people” and she pulled back her cloak, passing through No Man’s Land deflecting the bullets…Chills, you guys, it was so epic. That was the moment it solidified in my mind that she truly was Wonder Woman, and that moment just highlighted everything that Woman Woman was about: fearless, determined, courageous, doing what she believes is right, not allowing anyone to hold her back. And the music accompanying that scene was flawless…Ugh, hands down my favourite scene in the entire movie, I loved it.
But okay, backtracking a bit, lol. This movie was interesting as a standalone in that it’s introducing Wonder Woman’s origins, how she comes to our world, but it’s also a coming-of-age story so to speak in that it conveys how different she was then compared to now/around the time of the Batman vs. Superman movie (which I haven’t seen…nor at this point have been swayed to watch it despite of Wonder Woman being in the movie). It’s easy to make comparions to Captain America: The First Avenger (review) as both superheroes end up in two different major early 20th century conflicts (and they so happen to have characters named Steve, lol) but the similarities end there as Wonder Woman of course has the mythological elements as well as many of the murky lines that went with World War One (not all of them, of course; the depiction of the Germans seem to go back and forth between World War Two and not).
I loved the contrast between Wonder Woman’s view of the world and her motives with the nuances of human agenda and action as Steve often has to explain or navigate her though. Sometimes it was uncomfortable to watch, however ridiculous the circumstances were and were the norm at the time, but it was very true to the “fish out of the water”/differing worldview that Diana has coming to our world with Steve. And that conflict continues all the way through, weaving in and out with her quest to find and stop Ares. I admit, I found myself a bit frustrated at times as I did see Steve’s point on view in stopping the gas attack as a higher priority, and maybe his approach lies more in line with my more cautious nature, but it totally fit with the ongoing conflict and was just interesting to watch. Not to mention Chris Pine was just amazing here, I really felt his frustration as he was trying to explain to Diana at the air base/factory why he needed her help despite of her disillusionment then.
It was also interesting to remain guessing as to who Ares was. I had a feeling something was not right with the way the bad guys were set u so it was a pleasant surprise to learn who it was at the end…Admittedly I was a bit underwhelmed in that
The cast was great, everyone was fantastic, Gal Gadot completely embodied Wonder Woman and who she was and her earnest desire to help and save people. Chris Pine was great as Steve, definitely shone as the one with the human perspective, Diana’s bridge to understanding humanity and what was going on in the world. I thought Gal Gadot’s chemistry with Chris Pine was fantastic, which made the climax of the film all the more bittersweet;
Overall, I really enjoyed Wonder Woman. Yeah, it’s a bit heavy on the exposition at the start, but otherwise it was kick-ass, the story it told was great, it was a wonderful coming-of-age of sorts for Wonder Woman, and it really just epitomized who Wonder Woman was and what she represented. And in a way I think it’s alleviated some of my fears about these future DC movies–I enjoyed Man of Steel (review) enough despite of the flaws but have been wary of subsequent movies since–so I’m cautiously optimistic about that Justice League movie coming out soon-ish. In the meantime, yes that there’s going to be a Wonder Woman 2 sometime in the near future 🙂