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Wonder Woman: An Icon for Super-Heroine Films to Come!

By Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Editor

 

Wonder Woman is an American superhero film—or, as I like to call it, super-heroine film—released in June 2017 based on the DC Comics character that we all know and love. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and it is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe.

The film was directed by Patty Jenkins; screenplay by Allan Heinberg; story by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs; and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya as some of its main characters.

Wonder Woman is the second film featuring the titular character after his first appearance in 2016’s blockbuster Batman v. Superman. Jenkins’s role as director makes her the first-ever female director to direct a studio superhero comic book movie, which is, in my opinion, kind of poetic, considering the movie is about spreading the message of woman power.

The film tells the story of Princess Diana, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. After American pilot Steve Trevor crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by her, he tells her and the rest of the Amazons about the ongoing World War. Diana then leaves her home in order to end the conflict, becoming Wonder Woman in the process.

While development for the film began in 1996, Jenkins signed on to direct in 2015. Principal photography began on November 21, 2015, with filming taking place in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy before wrapping up on May 9, 2016, the 123rd birth anniversary of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston. Additional filming took place in November 2016.

Wonder Woman was released in the U.S. on June 2, and it received really positive reviews with critics praising the directing, performances, action sequences, and musical score.

The film set numerous box office records, including becoming the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, the biggest domestic opening for a film directed by a woman, and the largest opening for a female-led comic book film. It has also become one of the few films to reach $400 million in North America. It has grossed over $797 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017. It also helped the DCEU to push past $3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the 17th highest-grossing film franchise of all time. A sequel, Wonder Woman 2, is set to be released on December 13, 2019.

Getting on to the movie itself, it really is wonderful. (Pun, no pun?)

And also, SPOILER ALERT:

You’ve been warned.

Now, the movie has, in a sense, that superhero cheesiness while at the same time having a slight undertone of dark tragedy, which gives this movie a lot of depth and feel even though it was made to be much lighter than the DCEU’s previous attempts at a decent movie.

Sure, there were some parts where a few usual overused clichés were found hiding within the plot, chewing into it like rats, but to be fair, there weren’t many of them. Compared to some other “good” movies, I cringed a lot less, so that’s a good job done there.

The story was also well-developed. There wasn’t too much filler or background exposition. It was basically a straight line escalating up, higher and higher into zones of conflict. In other words, the story was a little too basic, but at least it was integrated into the movie and its theme very well.

The musical score was, to be honest, quite amazing. There were a few touching moments, and some moments that make you feel like a snowman going into summer, and they were all slowly edged along and intensified by the music until I became a melted snowman. *sniff.

All in all, DC seems to have finally hit upon a successful formula to make things work because Wonder Woman pretty much restored my faith in them. The acting was excellent, and I feel like Gal Gadot played Wonder Woman to a tee. (Fun fact: I usually forget the word tee sometimes, and it drives me crazy.) Chris Pine as the brave, funny, yet noble and human Steve Trevor was pretty wondrous, too. (Pun, no pun?) David Thewlis was amazing. He as Ares was easily one of the best villains I’ve seen. It seemed like he was desperate to actually rid the world of evil yet at the same greedy to use his powers and survive as a god, so I can safely say he put on an excellent performance, both in story and otherwise. (That’s a pun for anyone who’s watched it. I really should stop, shouldn’t I?)

I feel that Wonder Woman is a serious should-watch. I mean, come on, the movie itself is really good, and with all the DC hype surrounding it, it’s kind of a no-brainer.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this review, and here’s Sehen signing out for now.

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