Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
At long last, the Princess of Themyscira finally gets the big screen origin story that so many (so, so many) other male superheroes have received (and some have even been rebooted a few times). “Wonder Woman” is the next step in the DCEU cinematic universe, and it’s thematically better than the past few entries.
The ridiculously beautiful Gal Gadot stars as Diana, a Amazon living on a hidden island, who wants desperately to be warrior, but her queen mother only requires that she stay a princess. Her world gets turned upside down when mankind infiltrates the island and Diana decides to follow a higher calling. She learns of the Great War, from a rescued pilot named Steve Rogers, and leaves the island to help him try to stop it.
Chris Pine turns up his charming leading man energy that he so deftly handles in the “Star Trek” franchise. He and Gal Gadot have great chemistry together. I did feel like the Princess Diana character shined a little bit brighter than the Wonder Woman character. Most likely because Gal Gadot has a real talent in showing the vulnerability of Diana.
The direction of Patty Jenkins is actually spot on. She strikes the right balance of gritty war settings and the beautiful grandeur of otherworldly environments. The small issues that I had with the story was mainly the pacing and the connections with the other characters. Diana had the main story, but the minor stories involving the other characters (including the villians) just felt simple and basic. It didn’t seem like any of the other characters had a really strong reason for being in this movie other than to just react to Diana. I would have liked to have at least been interested in what they were doing there, especially since they were taking time away from the main character’s arc.
All in all, it’s a good comic book movie origin story that does a great job of showcasing really cool action scenes to get the fanboys, and especially and more importantly the fangirls, fired up and fist pumping. Now that we have our “Wonder Woman Begins” movie out of the way, let’s see her really be tested in another big screen adventure.
Grade: 3.5 out of 5