Wonder Woman is a leader in the DC Comics movie universe

Perhaps a little late to the party, the movie Wonder Woman (2017) was an entertaining telling of the origin story of Greek Goddess and Amazon warrior Diana Prince, aka the person we know as Wonder Woman. A foray into the DC Comics movie universe, Wonder Woman rated well among audiences and critics alike on Rotten Tomatoes.

Actress Gal Gadot reprises her role as Diana Prince in the summer blockbuster movie Wonder Woman, after first appearing as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as the same character. Gadot again appeared as the character later that year in Justice League (2017). Before playing Diana Prince, some will recognize Gadot from her role as Gisele in The Fast and The Furious (2009).

Wonder Woman 2(Gal Gadot, left, and Connie Nielsen, right)

Much of the origin story for the feature film first focuses on Diana Prince getting raised on the Paradise Islands. Diana’s Amazon Goddess mother Hippolyta (played by Connie Nielsen) looked to protect Diana from the fate that laid ahead of her, which slowly became clear was a fight with Greek God Ares, the God of War and chief enemy of the Amazons. It wasn’t until much later in the film that we learn if such a fight would actually occur … it would have been a disappointing turn of events if this story line were put on hold for another movie.

Wonder Woman 4(Gal Gadot, left, and Chris Pine, right)

It was roughly 40 to 60 minutes into the movie, characteristically for DC Comics movies, that the events began moving from origin story to live action movie with action, conflict, and the story that makes comic books appealing to fans of the medium happy. Robin Wright as Antiope starts training Diana. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor brings in the means by which Diana Prince will leave the Paradise Islands.

Wonder Woman 3(Robin Wright)

Other than knowing that Diana Prince was first seen in France with a reference back to Batman v Superman, much of when the origin story for Diana Prince occurs is a mystery. The Steve Trevor story line sets the remainder of the movie firmly in the last year of World War One. The story takes on quest for justice in bringing an end to the war while simultaneously resolving the origin story of Diana Prince and the Amazon colony from which Diana, Wonder Woman came.

Wonder Woman 5(Elena Anaya, left, and Danny Huston, right)

Having already revealed much more of the plot than is fair, the fair thing to say is that I found much of the story and character development engaging. Many of the personal stories of the characters were engaging, though the most interesting story lines were those for Diana Prince, Steve Trevor, and that of some of the characters pitted against Trevor and Wonder Woman in the film’s climax. Many of the remaining characters were understandably more two-dimensional as they were present to serve the larger story.

Wonder Woman 6(David Thewlis)

My personal judgment is that much of the film’s being received by critics and audiences alike is that there were large themes, CGI-influenced comic book action, and character growth through a story that you can largely take something from. For fans of movies with strong female leads, this movie is for you. I for one was entertained.

Matt – Sunday, March 25, 2018

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