Review Wonder Woman (2017) – Power. Courage. Wonder. Those are the words that featured boldly on the promotional posters for Wonder Woman leading up to its release. Each made a promise about the movie using just one word, and while many movies often do this in their marketing, Wonder Woman delivers on those promises.
Review Wonder Woman (2017)
The movie tells the story of Diana (Gal Gadot), who is raised on the hidden island of Themyscira as an Amazonian princess and warrior. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on the island, she is introduced to man and learns about the Great War happening around the world. Thinking Aries, the God of War is behind this, she sets out to mans world to put an end to him once and for all.
Since her first appearance in 1941, Wonder Woman has always been a symbol of strength and hope. Her conviction to do what is right, even in the face of great opposition, is one of her greatest strengths. As Steve leads her through the front lines of the war, she is exposed to all the suffering and is compelled to help. Her companions urge her on her way, saying there’s nothing they can do. When they reach the trenches a woman from a nearby town pleads for aid, and Diana can no longer stand by and do nothing. Despite objections from her party, she leaves them and goes off to help the town.
That move not only shows her power of conviction, but also her courage. She knows in her heart that helping these people is the right thing to do, and stands by that belief. Some may say a character as powerful as Wonder Woman cannot be brave, by the simple fact that because she can’t be hurt she isn’t as brave as someone who is more vulnerable. Good superhero stories cover this by putting the heroes in battles that require more than just using their fists. In this movie Diana is the only one who believes the Amazons must go to mans world to help mankind. She stands up to her mother and decides to go herself, leaving behind the only home she’s ever known to go off to a new world. That takes courage no matter who you are. Just as it takes courage to stand by your beliefs when everyone is telling you you’re wrong.
This is a movie that takes its time to build up its characters, so when things are happening to them you feel it. It takes its time to fully reveal Diana as Wonder Woman. When it finally does you are filled with the same wonder as the characters on screen, as she steps out in full costume into the line of fire. The movie continues to pump you up as she fights through the town with the Wonder Woman theme roaring along with the sounds of battle.
In the end, Wonder Woman is more than just a female led superhero movie. It’s a great movie on its own. I’ve seen both boys and girls come out of it wanting to be Wonder Woman. She is a character that anyone can look up to and aspire to be. Despite all the superhero movies we’ve been getting lately, that is a rare quality.
Review Wonder Woman characters and cast include:
Diana – Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Furious 7, Keeping Up with the Joneses)
Steve Trevor – Chris Pine (A Wrinkle in Time, Star Trek: Beyond, Into the Woods, Smokin’ Aces, Star Trek: Into Darkness)
Hippolyta – Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, One Hour Photo, Liberty, The Good Wife, Rushmore)
Antiope – Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, House of Cards, The Princess Bride, Everest, White Oleander, Moneyball)
Ludendorff -Danny Houston (Frankenstein, The Constant Gardner, Big Eyes, Hitchcock, John Adams, Children of Men)
Sir Patrick -David Thewlis (Justice League, Fargo, Legend, Macbeth, The Theory of Everything, Seven Years in Tibet, The Big Lebowski, The New World, Prime Suspect 3, Kingdom of Heaven)
Sameer – Said Taghmaoui (Three Kings, American Hustle, Lost, The Missing)
Charlie – Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch, Black Hawk Down, Death at a Funeral, Match Point)
Field Marshall Haig – James Cosmo (London Heist, Braveheart, Shetland, Game of Thrones, Rebus)
The Chief – Eugene Brave Rock (Tin Star, The Revenant, Hell on Wheels)
Etta – Lucy Davis (The Office, Shaun of the Dead, Kick, Better Things, Maron)
Dr. Maru – Elena Anaya (Talk to Her, Van Helsing)
Artemis – Ann Wolf