Last weekend the Ipes finally went to see Wonder Woman. This is the long awaited with baited breath latest film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which kicked off with Man of Steel in 2013. I personally think the film got a greenlight when Gal Gadot became the single good part of Batman vs Superman.
I missed maybe the first 10 minutes of the film, but I heard it starts off with Diana in the present day thinking about the past. There’s a whole history of the Greek pantheon of gods fighting among themselves, with Ares (the Greek God of War) being a key instigator. The film then picks up with Diana as a young girl on the island of Themyscira with the rest of the Amazons, including her mother Queen Hippolyta (played by Connie Nielsen), and being secretly trained by her aunt Antiope (Robyn Wright.) Eventually, Diana witnesses a WWI-era bi-plane crash land in the bay, and she rescues Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and she’s ultimately motivated to enter the modern world, in order to kill Ares, and stop World War I.
The plot of the film is engaging, and Gal Gadot (and many of supporting actors and actresses) are also very good in their roles. Above all, Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman really sells this innocent, good-hearted, kick-ass warrior who is committed to saving the world, and yet enjoy an ice cream scoop on a cone for the first time. The film’s 2 hours and 21 minute run time goes fast, and you won’t be checking your watch. Add in some fun fight scenes, and it’s definitely a must-watch on the big screen. I wouldn’t say I was a fan of the big climatic battle at the end of the 3rd Act, but Patty Jenkins did a great job with this film.