Monday, June 5, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

There is a lot to be said about Patty Jenkin's "Wonder Woman", the critics love it, fans love it, the film's star, Gal Gadot, who has become a household name is in every GIF on the internet (and she looks good in each and every one of them). Well, this review may be a bit late (give the pregnant lady some slack) but I did give the film glowing mini reviews because I loved the movie so much. 

Yes, there I was crying like a baby while watching the film, which isn't exactly headline news since "the crying critic" seems to be a fitting name for me, and no, it wasn't the hormones either, I was just so moved by how pure the film was. How, its look into human nature, grounds the film, despite its godly origins

So, in a year where super hero movies come out often, what makes "Wonder Woman" different? Well, actually a lot of things and I'm not just talking the film, being the first one to be directed by a female director or the fact that it is the first female led superhero film.  I'm talking about how it is an honest to goodness super hero movie, one that need not be pretentious or hide behind gimmicks

Part mythology and part world history, "Wonder Woman" looks into what it means to step up to the role and the duty that was given to you. To be the symbol of hope and justice in a time of war and despair. To do something and be someone when everyone else tells you that you can't and you shouldn't. 

Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), is an Amazonian princess who leaves her home of Themyscira (an island of Amazon warriors) to fight alongside men during World War I, in the hopes of putting to end the ultimate evil. She meets Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) whose human role in the film, gives Diana that much needed look into the good side of men, that despite all of the unspeakable evils that humans do (and sadly continue to do) there are still those, like Steve who are all around good guys and I think that was a much needed respite in the film. The chemistry between the two actors was palpable on screen, they were naturally funny, when the scene called for it, without looking that they were trying too hard. 

I loved that we see the growth of Diana's character in the movie, I love that we see her grow from a naive Amazonian princess, who thinks that destroying the "bad guy" will bring everything back to love and peace, to a real super hero, one that the world needed at that time. 

Everyone is raving about that "no man's land" scene and I must say that it does get all of the raves and praises that it deserves, it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it and will surely go down in pop culture history, fans will be talking about it for years to come. 

I think what makes Wonder Woman successful to the every day movie goer as well, is that the plot is clear and straight, you go through this journey with Diana and you also grow with her. You understand her responsibility, the weight of what this entails, you understand her heartaches and her sadness and that's something that viewers haven't experienced in a long time. 

10/10 (the first perfect score this year). "Wonder Woman" is not just a film to see, it is an experience you should not miss. Now Showing. 

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