Plot: 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 – Wonder Woman.
Director – Patty Jenkins
Released: June 2017
As someone who quite enjoyed Man of Steel and Suicide Squad but found Batman v Superman muddled and a little disappointing, I went into Wonder Woman not really knowing what to expect, especially given how little I knew about the Wonder Woman character, but after viewing the film I was not only blown away by what Patty Jenkins had created but would say that this isn’t just one of the best female lead superhero movies but one of the best superhero stories full stop.
Both the direction and dialogue of Wonder Woman are superbly done to create one stellar film packed with action, adventure and touching moments not seen before in a DC film. Jenkins achieved a great balance between action-filled set pieces, character development, world-building and the overall message of standing up to hatred.
Although the opening third is beautiful and entertaining, it’s the second and third act where the film comes into its own with a bittersweet finale. In my screening, there were people physically holding back the tears it was done so well and beautifully acted by all involved. When a film can do this you know this is a fantastic film and even more so when it’s an origin story for a superhero character.
Unlike with Captain Marvel, the film doesn’t beat you over the head with a feminist message and I’d argue shows men and woman as equals, both with faults and issues they need to overcome, especially when it comes to Steve (Pine) and Diana (Gadot), who both need help from the other at different parts of the movie and grow because of it.
Chris Pine does really well as Steve Trevor and creates some wonderful on-screen chemistry with Gal Gadot, which was great given how many people were worried about Gadot as wonder woman and if she could pull it off, with only glimpses of what she would be like in Batman v Superman, but I can honestly say you can’t keep your eyes off her throughout the entire film. Not only is she incredibly beautiful and her acting is one point, she more than captures the spirit of an Amazonian that’s never been in the world of men, it’s a shame they did not give her more to do in Justice League.
I struggle to think of anything I can fault with the film, with its great soundtrack, acting performance from Gadot Pine and the supporting cast, it’s a must-watch if you like action films, superhero films or even exciting movies with a strong female lead.