Wonder Woman (2017), Dir. Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman (2017), Dir. Patty Jenkins
I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within.
— Diana Prince, Wonder Woman (2017)

Stars: Gal Gabot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Elena Anaya, Emily Carey, Lucy Davis.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg & Geoff Johns.

This is what happens if you simply focus your script; you get a movie that is easy to follow and is damn entertaining. The DC Universe may still have a chance with this reprieve from all 3 arguable failures and it is all thanks to the woman herself, Wonder Woman (Gal Dadot) lead bravely by Patty Jenkins.

The colours are bright, the perspective is optimistic and when reality strikes so does the colour tone. You could almost mistake this for a Marvel film as this is the most formulaic Superhero film we have seen in the DC world. But this is not Marvel, in fact this is so DC that I am giddy because we finally get the Wonder Woman film that she deserves, a film that feels like the whole cast and crew had faith in with the respect to not tamper or add convoluted scenes that just confuse its basic premise. 

The premise being Diana lives on the island Themyscira and is the Princess of the Amazons. Her people have been training for a millennia waiting for Ares to return and bring war back to the world. One day a fighter plane crashes into the waters of the island and Diana rescues Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from drowning. He tells of the Great War and the millions who have died by unimaginable weapons and Diana sees not choice but to follow him back to kill Ares as he has to be the one behind such destruction.

The downside of this being set in WWI is the inequality of the time which means that Pine's character takes the limelight quite a bit of the time. It could have been used as a smart paralell towards what is definitely happening within the film industry and especially Superhero movies. There should have been a bit more of a power struggle between the two but by this point of the film it is played a tad for the laughs—which may have been added in reaction to the audiences rejection of BvS.

But Gal Gadot is so damn great, Robin Wright is so damn great, Connie Nielsen is so damn great, and Pine is also so damn great. It is just a damn great movie for scene grabbing characters as Jenkins allows her actors to really step into their characters and thrive.

This is promising, for the first time I have not walked out with a sore head from a DC Universe movie, so thank you for the reprieve Wonder Woman.

 

★ ★ ★ ★