I finally saw the film, Wonder Woman last Monday, and I have to say, it was fantastic! I grew up watching reruns of seventies superhero tv shows, such as The Incredible Hulk, and of course, Wonder Woman. Because of this, I wasn’t sure if Gal Gadot would be able to fill Linda Carter’s boots. I must say, Ms. Gadot exceeded my expectations. She nailed both Diana Prince’s, and Wonder Woman’s characters. Gadot portrayed Prince’s strength, courage, naivete, and compassion with intelligence, sensitivity, and humor. I felt this is a woman I would want on my side, even be friends with.
This film deserves the title of blockbuster; not only was there action, but excellent character growth, and portrayals. Despite it’s somewhat dark setting, Wonder Woman succeeded in its message of hope. One even begins to wonder if Wonder Woman has lost faith completely in the world she has only recently begun to inhabit. What, or who though, inspires her not to give up? For those who have not seen the film, I will not spoil this for you, so, I will leave that for you to discover.
Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, is an excellent hero in his own right. He and Diana Prince light up the screen together, as equals despite Diana’s super-strength and powers. Speaking of, this film does an excellent job of portraying man and woman as people, not focusing so much on gender, but individuals. There are some references to a woman’s proper place, but only because the setting is during World War 1; its brushed aside rather quickly, and it doesn’t distract from the film.
The story opens with Diana Prince, present day, studying an old photograph of her sent by Bruce Wayne. Cliché as it is, she narrates of something dark that she learned about humanity years ago. Diana says, “I used to want to save the world. This beautiful place. But I knew so little then. It is a land of beauty and wonder, worth cherishing in every way. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness simmering within. And mankind? Mankind is another story altogether.”
This statement sets the mood for the rest of the film, as we anxiously await her conclusion of mankind. Of course, the action in this film is a wonderful distraction until that moment.
We are introduced to the Amazonian world of Diana’s youth. We meet her mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, and her Aunt Antiope, a valiant warrior. We see Diana grow in her skills as a warrior, and as a leader. One day, the Amazonians lives are shattered, when enemy forces from the world of men find the island of Themyscira. Lives are lost, and Themyscira will never be the same, neither will the Princess of the Amazonians. In the midst of this tragedy, Diana meets Steve Trevor, a stranded pilot fighting a battle of his own. Together these two heroes will find their destinies in the world of man, and Diana, aka Wonder Woman, will come to an insightful conclusion about her journey, and what it means to be human!
Anyone who likes action, superheroes, intriguing villains, great characters, inspiring messages, and heart, will love Wonder Woman. I encourage all to see this entertaining, and inspiring film. So, grab your lasso, and head on down to your local theater to see Wonder Woman. You won’t regret it, and that’s no lie!
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