Movie Review: Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman Theater Poster (Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Wow. It’s bittersweet that after years, there is a replacement for the beloved 1975 television Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter.  The golden tiara is now worn by Gal Gadot. Gadot is amazing as Wonder Woman on the big screen. She adds dimensions to a comic book character that is known for beauty and brawn. Gadot’s performance reminds us why we love Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman believes in the good of mankind. She is outraged at the cowardice of others to do nothing in the face of evil. Wonder Woman is fearless. DC Films did it right.

Wonder Woman introduced to the outside world brings humorous moments. One of the humorous moments is when Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s cover name) sees a baby for the first time. Her reaction is believable based on how she grew up on Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island. Another is Chris Pine, as Steve Trevor, explaining why he is an above average male. Most female viewers agree with his self-assessment.

A couple of awkward aspects to the movie is Wonder Woman instantly changing into her costume. Only one scene shows where she keeps her sword in an evening dress. It looks uncomfortable. In similar scenes, her costume and weapons materialize off-screen whenever she needs them. The other awkward aspect is how quickly Trevor confessed his feelings to Wonder Woman, at least her response is measured.

Pine, who played Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the Star Trek movie saga, helps to humanized Wonder Woman with his role as Trevor. Other notable performances are given by Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Eugene Brave Rock as The Chief, Said Taghmaoui as Sameer, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, and David Thewelis as Sir Patrick. Connie Nielsen plays Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright plays Antiope. Wright stands out as a powerful Amazonian general and loving aunt to Diana, Princess of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta, a.k.a. Wonder Woman. Lilly Aspell is adorable as young Diana.

Ground-breaking female director Patricia Lea Jenkins admitted to Playboy Entertainment that Israeli born Gadot wasn’t her first choice as Wonder Woman. She wanted an American, but Jenkins no longer feels that way. She thinks Gadot was born for Wonder Woman. Fans agree.

Thankfully, there’s talk about a sequel. One downside for fans, there is no extra scene after the credits. Other than that, Wonder Woman is spectacular. Go see Wonder Woman and be wowed.

Wonder Woman

  • Writers: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs
  • Producers: Zach Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures (DC Films)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 2h 21m
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mythology
  • U.S.A. Premiere: June 2, 2017

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C. C. J. Vann

C. C. J. Vann is a freelance journalist and photographer. Follow her on Twitter@ccjvann or visit her blogs at ccjvann.com and ChristianPursuits.com.