“Wonder Woman” (2017) Review

It is present day in Italy and see Diana walking with a couple of Wayne Enterprise guards following behind carrying the old photograph that was in Lex’s (Jesse Eisenberg) hard drive in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

A much younger Diana appears on screen and is running away to see her aunt, Antiope (Robin Wright) and soldiers training. Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), her mother, catches her after she tried jumping off of a building edge. Diana wants to train with Antiope; however, her mother urges her not to because of what she is. Instead, she tells her the story of the gods and creation of man and their corruption done by Ares who is the villain. Diana and Antiope go behind her back and train every day in the woods. One session, her mother catches them, sends her back home, and  commands that Antiope pushes her harder than any other soldier in Amazonian history.

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) breaks the barrier between Themyscira and the outside world. Steve is saved by Diana but the Germans have also breached the barrier.wonder-woman-final-poster.jpg The Amazonians fight and win against the Germans and almost kill Trevor because he is wearing the same clothing. The Lasso of Truth is first seen and is used on Steve who is confused as to where he is and who these women are. He says that he is a spy for the British forces and was sent to observe if the Germans. He sees that Dr. Maru aka Dr Poison (Elena Anaya) and Ludendorff (Danny Huston) are using a new type of gas so he takes Maru’s notebook but is followed and shot down.

Diana and Steve have a few different conversations about time, place, Amazonian history, war, and if Steve is an average person where it matters most. She breaks into the weapons vault where the lasso, god killer sword, and her suit are kept. She realizes that she can break bricks and much stronger than she thought. Her mother wishes her the best and reminds her that she does not to fight their fight.

Ludendorff and Dr. Maru have found the ultimate formula for the bomb that will win them the war. Dr. Maru has also created a gas to make Ludendorff stronger and more powerful.

Diana and Steve take a sail boat and head to London in which Diana is not impressed. Etta (Lucy Davis), Steve’s secretary, comes on scene to help Diana dress more like a person from London to blend in. They are cornered by some of Ludendorff’s goons and Etta aids them. Steve’s superiors tell him that he cannot go to the front with any help  from their soldiers so he rounds up a couple of buddies, Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) and Charlie (Ewen Bremner), in a bar. Sir Patrick (David Thewlis) comes in and tells them that he would help them out, unofficially because of the consequences. The team rides the train to Belgium and walk to the trenches of No Man’s Land with a new member, the Chief (Eugene Brave Rock).

Ludendorff had a meeting with other German generals earlier in the film, and Dr. Maru releases the gas for the first time. The gas is hydrogen based so no mask is able to help them breathe. Ludendorff releases the gas in a higher concentration during a gala  in outside a small village named Veld. Diana rushes towards the village, but she’s too late. Everyone in Veld is dead or assumed to be dead. The Chief and Charlie follow Ludendorff to an airbase where the Germans are packing the gas into planes. Diana fights Ludendorff and kills him and realizes she killed the wrong man. Sir Patrick comes out of nowhere and explains to her wonder_woman_tankabout who she is. He tries to manipulate her into making the world into a place for her and him. And Ares says that he never told man to hurt one another, he only gave them the path to destroy each other.

Steve, Chief, Sameer, and Charlie are trying to get rid of the gas; however, the gas is on a timer and there is no other way but to fly it up into the sky. Steve blows up the plane and Diana is terribly saddened. She releases her full potential, which is what Ares wants. Diana decides that these people are worth saving even though they are flawed. She hits Ares with a gigantic lightening blast, and the god of war is no more.

The movie finishes with Diana in modern-day saying that she sees man for the darkness in their hearts while also seeing the light. We will see Diana Prince again this year on November 17 with Zack Synder‘s Justice League (2017). We live in a great time to see these characters come to life. Anything outside these movies is up for your own judgement.

Ratings

9.0/10, A

Thoughts

This movie is fantastic, and it is something that the world needed. With Elektra being the last female lead superhero film, which was in 2005, Wonder Woman’s time was long overdue. At the same time, I think it was worth the wait. Being a man in his 20’s, I do not know what it is like to be a young girl in the age range of 5-10 seeing all these male superheroes have their own movies and action figures. Thankfully there are females in these movies and having decent scene time and figures because these young girls need something to look up to that is not like the Kardashians.

One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie is the fight in No Man’s Land and Veld. I could not help but smile throughout the whole sequence. I tried not to but failed. The first full body shot of Gal Gadot in her costume took my breath away. It made the battlefield brighter when all was thought to be dead and lost. I thought it was better the second time around too.

I also thought that the fight choreography was beautifully done, and, at times, the slow motion made it even better. DC really does enjoy their slow motion. I did not notice it until I saw this movie. Man of Steel did not have a lot of them, but it still had a couple. It is one of the things that should not be done unless it enhances the scene in some way.

The message is perfect too. Love is the key that can save the world. It may be cliché or an old message, but getting on social media and seeing all these attacks in Europe and in the streets and campuses in the United States, I think it is safe to say that the message of Wonder Woman needs to keep getting attention.

Quotes

  1. “If you see something wrong in the world, you can either do nothing or do something” – Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
  2. “I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world.” -Diana (Gal Gadot).
  3. “It’s…it’s not about deserve. Maybe, maybe we don’t. But it’s not about that, it’s about what you believe. You don’t think I get it, after what I’ve seen out there? You don’t think I wish I could tell you that it was one bad guy to blame? It’s not! We’re all to blame!..But maybe I am” -Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
  4. “A lot of people can’t be what they wish to be” -Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui).
  5. “It’s not about deserve. It’s about what you believe, and I believe in love” -Diana (Gal Gadot).
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