Review by Glenn Blomfield
When I was a young lad, Wonder Woman, was a hot wee lass on a TV Show, that would spin around to her own theme music and miraculously reappear dressed in a skimpy outfit as the superhero.
This time around Warner Bros’s has dispensed with the cheese and misogyny and framed Wonder Woman, armed with golden lasso in hand around, as a fabled Amazonian Warrior Goddess.
She can kick some serious ass, no spinning around here to change wardrobe. Isreali actress Gal Gadot, reprising her role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, plays the titular role and her stoic looks hold well as she plays a convincing Wonder Woman character.
The film builds on an origin story, we see Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman grow from a young and ambitious kid into the beautiful strong warrior.
Chris Pine (Star Trek) interrupts things as with his plane crashing into her secret hidden Island.
From their first meeting, they set out on an adventure, which she learns about her true self, on a quest into the human world in the midst of World War One, to rid evil.
Well, thats the basic summary of the story. Of course, action ensues, the German baddies get in the way, there are of course the expected Evil Villains working on dastardly evil plans against mankind.
Taking the helm in the director chair of this blockbuster is female director Patty Jenkins, her only previous film, Monster, is a drama film starring Charlize Theron, which was highly acclaimed by critics.
Patty Jenkins proves to be a wise choice, as she undoubtedly brought an understanding to this female superhero. The film builds on its drama, giving time to flesh out characters and its storyline, this does, of course, slow down the pace of the film, but I feel it makes for a better ‘Action superhero’ film.
As we come to the final act, things as always it seems in these type of films treads into familiar ground. Bad guys must pay their dues.
Yes, expect some wooden character stereotypes and the undertone of the film interestingly has a campiness to it, intentional or not?
In time it will be more noticeable as people go back and rewatch the film again. For me personally, while the film had plenty to warrant the ‘Wow factor’ in terms of directing, action, and cinematography, it does feel altogether like familiar territory but in a different package.
The ‘droll’ was jumping out at me, but maybe it was only me noticing it so much, some of the dialogue and scenes just seemed so cheesy.
Though I am sure its flashy, hyper-visual imagery & bombastic soundtrack will please many superhero fans. Gal Gadot does a great job as Wonder Woman, and I am sure she is gaining many secret admirers. Without a doubt there will be more Wonder Woman movies in the near future.
Without a doubt, there will be more Wonder Woman movies in the near future.