Wonder Woman is a superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins and it is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya and Gal Gadot. Gadot stars as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and the story is set during World War I (WW1). Diana, with the help of American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), leaves the island of Themyscira and embarks on a mission to end WW1 and defeat Ares, the God of War.
My Knowledge and Expectation of Wonder Woman
Honestly, I had little interest in Wonder Woman after the disappointment of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fact, because those films were so underwhelming for me, I did not even bother to watch Suicide Squad. My desire to see Wonder Woman, therefore, was entirely dependent on the reaction it received from film fans, pundits and critics.
Happily, Wonder Woman was lauded with praise and is now considered by many to be the best film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Going into the film, I was excited but I was trying my best to keep my expectations grounded. Obviously, when a film gets praised as much as Wonder Woman has, you are in danger of getting over-hyped for the film.
My Thoughts on Wonder Woman
The hype is real. For me, Wonder Woman is the best DCEU film that I have seen and the best DC film since The Dark Knight Rises. While the villains are not the strongest, the film is a huge step in the right direction for the DCEU and there is a lot to love in Wonder Woman. For one, Gal Gadot silenced her critics by giving a very commanding performance.
Gadot embodied the character of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and the physical aspect of her performance impressed me. Additionally, the chemistry between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine was very good. The relationship between their respective characters was believable. You could connect to these characters and this gave Wonder Woman an emotional core. I also thought that Robin Wright was tremendous in the small role that she had in the film.
I must give a lot of credit to Patty Jenkins for making this film as good as it was. The way she directed and shot Wonder Woman gave the film a unique feel to it. While Jenkins was clearly inspired by other superhero films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, she imprinted her own style and vision on the film and did a great job in the process.
Shockingly, the last feature film that she directed was Monster which came out in 2003! After seeing Wonder Woman, I do not understand how this could happen. Hopefully, Patty Jenkins will get the chance to direct more films and I also hope that her work in this film will break down the barriers which prevent more female directors from getting the chances they deserve as well.
The colour palette and the cinematography in Wonder Woman was beautiful too. This was particularly evident in the scenes that took place at the island of Themyscira and these scenes were some of my favourite in the film. I loved the lore of Themyscira and the impact that Gods such as Zeus and Ares had on both the island and mankind.
The score in Wonder Woman was another element of the film that I absolutely loved. It was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams and, if you read my review of Hacksaw Ridge, you will know that I loved that score too. He has impressed me with his work in both films and I hope that trend continues in the future.
Overall, Wonder Woman delivered and, to some extent, it has renewed my faith in the DCEU which I thought would never happen after recent entries in this franchise. Good performances, interesting lore and the stellar job that Patty Jenkins did in directing Wonder Woman make it one of the best films that has come out this summer and even this year. More importantly, it is a very important and relevant film to see and you must see this film as soon as you can.