Wonder Woman is fierce, colorful and full of heart. It’s a complete 180° for the DCEU (Extended Universe) and probably one of the best superhero films to-date.
Gal Gadot soars as the woman in red, gold and blue. Her charismatic performance helped the film succeed in spectacular fashion throughout. In regards to the DCEU, the fourth time is a charm. Wonder Woman is the best film to come from the extended franchise and leaves audience’s everywhere eager for more. Forget the mediocracy of Man of Steel, and forget the sheer awfulness of Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad because those films are a thing in the past.
Dial back to 1918, as director Patty Jenkins (Monster) takes us to the lively origin story of Wonder Woman. But before Gadot can throw around the lasso, she has to go through training. And before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana (a wondrous Gadot), princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. Her and the rest of the Amazon people are fueled with rich, Greek mythology. But when a pilot (the charming Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Set during World War I, Diana decides to join Steve (Pine) and his crew to eliminate the threat. Wonder Woman does many things right, one of them being justice to the origin story. Jenkins gives us characters that we care about and keeps the plot rolling. The other wonder from this film is that Gadot and Pine’s chemistry is dynamic. These two work great with each other, giving off an emotional and romantic bond. Another big plus for the film is that Wonder Woman's character is not sexualized. No misogyny here.
Gadot’s incarnation breathes fire and packs in a punch. Since the release, Wonder Woman has broken multiple records. Here are some of the records broken thus far: the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, the highest-grossing opening weekend from a female director, ever, the highest-grossing woman-led superhero film, ever, the first Marvel or DC Film ever directed by a woman and it is now the biggest domestic earnings in the DC Extended Universe. Nearly flawless, Wonder Woman ends on a high note. Jenkins has done herself proud, while Gadot showed off her true warrior roots. Wonder Woman will, without a doubt, slap a smile on your face. It’s a 141-minutes of pure fun.
Wonder Woman is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.
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