Lately, superhero movies have lacked a sense of “wonder” and imagination. The stories have lost their luster becoming nothing more than a cheap way for studios to make a buck. Quality has been sacrificed in the name of profit and audiences have suffered because of it.
However, it has felt like it would take an Amazon princess to turn the tide and right a wrong that was done to so many.
Considered the genre saved — for now, at least.
Since “Wonder Woman” opened in theaters last week, it has provided moviegoers with an epic adventure filled with action, suspense and humor.
The film takes its audience to the island of Themyscira where a group of women warriors, known as the Amazons, live. They were created by Zeus to protect man from Ares, the God of War. Later on, Ares seeks power for himself but is struck down in a battle with Zeus. Even though he is weakened, Ares still poses a threat. The Amazons regularly train so if Ares the regains his power they can combat the threat.
The dangers and pains of war are once again revealed to the Amazons after an American pilot's, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), biplane crashes into the ocean near the island after being pursued by the Germans.
Trevor is rescued and saved from death by the Amazon Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), later known as Wonder Woman. Diana listens to Trevor’s story about the war in Europe — World War I — that has killed millions. She believes it is the work of Ares and is compelled to help him to restore peace to humanity.
What made Wonder Woman such a treat to watch was how well-written and well-edited the film obviously is, as there were no bumps or hiccups. The story took a straight path and didn’t change direction to chase unnecessary subplots. Films that keep the story simple and uncomplicated tend to keep their audiences hooked and engaged with what is happening on screen and not looking at their watch waiting for the credits to roll. Wonder Woman is a great example exciting and fun cinema done right.
A staple of many movies today is the great action sequences they have and “Wonder Woman” has that many times over but that is not why I like this movie. The part I like the best about this film is the connection to the characters and how genuine they feel.
One scene that demonstrates this is when Trevor and the team are making their way to a German base to stop them from deploying a weapon of mass destruction. As they walk through the trenches, Diana sees the reality of war and is compelled to help. Trevor tells her that we can help everyone. He says, “We have a mission! We can’t save everyone in this war! It is not what we are here to do!” Diana replies and states, “You’re right, but it is what I am going to do!”
The movie has a lot of heart and it is not afraid to show its softer side. It shares several values with its audiences such as standing up for what you believe in, giving compassion and showing love for your fellow man. The world could use a few more people like Diana that take these values to heart.
Humor is also a big part of this film, as well. There are several scenes in this movie that demonstrate this. One, in particular, is when Diana is trying out women’s fashions of the day after arriving in London. Feeling over encumbered in the outfits she tries on she remarks, “How can a woman possibly fight in this? Etta Candy, Trevor’s secretary, tells Diana that, “Fight? We use our principals. Although I am not opposed to engaging in a bit of fisticuff should the occasion arise.”
Wonder Woman follows in the path of some of the superhero movies that have been done right over the years. Some of these films include Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” franchise, the 2008's “Iron Man, the 1978 version of “Superman," “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the 2008 adaptation of “The Incredible Hulk" starring Edward Norton.
Wonder Woman is a great film and should not be missed while it is out in theaters.
I give this movie five mustaches out of five.
This movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content and runs 141 minutes.
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