Verdict: A DCEU film that finally manages to nail its heart and soul.
Steve: We have a mission! We can't save everyone in this war. That’s not what we are here to do.
Diana: You’re right…But it’s what *I* am here to do.
In this very moment, you realise a hero is born. From the deep trenches filled with dead bodies and gunpowder rises Diana, like the phoenix from its ashes, deflecting bullets as she takes the German army head on. This particular scene will send some chills down your spine as you watch the female lead finally take control.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is exactly the film that DCEU needs right now. With serious backlash for Suicide Squad and BvS received from fans and critics alike, it was vital for them to produce at least a decent flick to get the extended universe on track. Jenkins does that and much more. It succeeds where its predecessors failed — that is it’s a standalone movie that does not try to set up a sequel or introduce a ‘flashy’ cameo (get the pun?).
Story-wise, Snyder stuck to Wonder Woman's origin story as explained in the comics, for the most part. Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on a hidden island of Themyscira, the home of the Amazonians. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) saves him from the clutches of death only to find out about a war that’s ravaging the world. A war, she believes is the result of the influence of Ares. In Greek mythos, Ares is considered a God of War who was created by Zeus – same as Diana. As the rightful protector of the realms and carried by the weight of responsibility to end Ares, Diana decides to set sail and enter the man’s world.
Let’s talk about Gal Gadot. There was a humongous uproar among critics and a few community members who cast a shadow of doubt over Gal’s acting chops. Moreover, the fact that a ‘Calendar girl’ cannot uplift an entire franchise was a common theme at the time. To those who still doubt her, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman plays a different story. She was marvelous. Besides a few times where her accent put us off, she was outstanding as Wonder Woman and also as Diana. She is the the same naive yet valiant Diana Prince we all have come to love from the comics who has her heart in the right place. As Jenkins mentioned it a few times that she looked up to Christopher Reeve’s Superman for inspiration, Diana is an amalgamation of that and Captain America: The First Avenger. The ever righteous person you can always look up to for inspiration.
When you talk about Gal Gadot, you also need to talk about Steve Trevor. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor was phenomenal. The film in its entirety heavily relies on Diana and Steve’s relationship and had it not been for Chris, the movie would have tanked. Thank your lucky stars Warner Bros. for you have cast a gem of an actor who has displayed his best performance till date. Along with his solid acting, he also brings the humor element to the table. It’s a breath of fresh air considering DC movies aren’t known for being comic reliefs. Most of the humour arises when either of two characters, Diana (when in London) or Steve (when in Themyscira) play a fish out of water. The supporting cast of Sameer, Charlie and The Chief have done their bit too.
Having said that, the action sequences are intriguing and jaw-dropping at first but as you go along there are a barrage of slow-mo moves that get repetitive. For someone who likes more of a fast-paced action, this could tick them off. But fear not because there is a beautifully executed, fast-paced action sequence towards the beginning of the second half that is sure to captivate you.
Another major gripe that we have is the CGI. It’s on point sometimes and other times it’s just off. Though there are few such scenes that completely put you off, it’s still there in a big budget movie such as this which is highly disappointing. Maybe they rushed it? We don’t know. So if you are sucker for CGI, then you’ll probably dock a few points for this alone.
In its entirety, the film excels on most levels. We wouldn't’ call it perfect. Uneven, perhaps, but it’s certainly the best DC movie since TDK.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Simply because it has everything. From comedy, drama to action and adventure, everything is crafted beautifully. So even if you aren’t a fan of comic book superhero, this is a good movie to catch this weekend. As for comic fans (DC or Marvel), why don’t you simply enjoy a kickass superhero movie this weekend? Capiche?