In 1977, Christopher Reeve made us all believe that a man could fly. Over the years, with developments in technology and computers, more filled his boots, making the superhero genre binge-worthy. Needless to say, it didn’t really matter whether these films turned out to be good or not.
Who knew it would only take 40 years to make us realize these films are capable of being as inspiring as your local motivational speaker?
Wonder Woman is here to save the day, or rather was many years ago. Plunging into the depths of the first World War, Diana of the beautiful Thymescira chooses to leave her people for the greater good. In a world amongst ours, their greatest riches are bestowed upon them from the Gods, a concept that will surely raise a few eyebrows considering this is a more grounded universe on paper. Young Diana seeks to find meaning amongst the Amazons, one that hopefully could potentially involve a sword and shield to defend her and many others.
Wonder Woman tries little to win you over with its beautiful women and their ways with the sword, but with beautiful imagery and a compelling story. Introductions to one of the greatest heroes of all time runs high and mighty, as we get to know more about her world and the Amazons. We know who they are and their capabilities. Yet, from the depths of the hellish world, a certain Steve Trevor decided to unknowingly crash land onto the shores of a hidden heaven on Earth.
The Amazon princess is the embodiment of truth, justice and perhaps the worldly way, as opposed to 2013’s Man of Steel. If you ever do remember a time where you would find yourself playing pretend as a superhero in your living room, director Patty Jenkins allows you relive such memories by offering us what a superhero film should: inspiration.
The film’s greatest play is its light and fun approach to one of the mankind’s darkest days in history.
The recreated rendition of the 1910’s makes way for the heroine, who arrives at a place where war was the only concept countries communicated across borders. As they call it, the classic ‘fish out of the water’ concept comes into play. Her self-discovery of power and selflessness not only takes her on a journey but is carefully woven into the film’s final plot twist. Admittedly so, this is one you won’t see even from a mile away.
For a regular length film, it has its occasional lows, coincidentally resembling Ridley Scott’s style of slow build-ups in order to flesh out character elements. Surely enough it makes sense at given points that Diana is only as great as her allies and villains. The film understands the importance of where her journey will take her and why they need enough screen time.
‘Safe’ is a word that comes to mind often but not when Jenkins weaves her own spin on winning formulas.
Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor isn’t going anywhere, and who can blame him when he’s got such a woman by his side? Playing potential sidekick and love interest, his path comfortably intertwines with Diana’s need to hit the war’s frontline, with the occasional indulgence of enchanting moments shared in between.
With a resemblance to many great films like Superman: The Movie, Spider-Man and Captain America: The First Avenger, the film pushes nostalgia and throwbacks towards the audience with its setting. Residing amongst the film’s progressive plot lies effortlessly light comedy that can’t be denied its place in the DC universe now that we’ve seen it.
The movie is one giant step to a greater future for not only movies but for women and their rightful place in movie history. Steering our beliefs away from ones that have been planted in us through popular culture, books and social media over the years, comes the dawn of powerful women standing tall to inspire us. With the rising involvement of women pursuing bigger things in today’s films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Rey and Hidden Figures’ heroines, Wonder Woman gives both girls and boys a chance to look up to someone who is willing to do the right thing, without discriminating when it comes to race and gender.
Without stirring up a storm, the movies of today need villains like the Germans apparently. Here, their troops are run by a General Ludendorff and his scientist, Doctor Poison, who decide to change the war with a gas more deadlier than the ones received from a someone on a high grain diet.
Captivating as they may be, it’s almost too close to Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Red Skull who has the same agenda, to overthrow the world with a nazi army but with an Infinite Stone.
Looks like the first World War really did need Wonder Woman. Playing its strengths throughout the way, it doesn’t leave any stone unturned, focusing on even the romance of great action packed sequences. Although considering its high wins, it seems to have hit a snag, with its seldom bursts in mediocre CGI. The plaguing intricacies of war and famine show how troubled the world once was, and the four-year struggle became essential to compliment them and Diana’s place in it and vice versa.
With little negative head shakes at her casting initially, the mesmerizing Gal Gadot proves herself yet again as a wonder of a superhero. With an approach that’s quite distant from what we’ve seen in both animated movies and comics, we get to see her portray a fierce yet vulnerable woman, whose best qualities can occasionally be seen in all of us on a good day.
It’s true, Warner Bros. did disappoint all of us. We’ve all had phases, and unfortunately had to endure theirs which involved George Clooney as Batman and the idea of Nicholas Cage as Superman. After the standalone The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel was our first golden ticket to a hasty rendition of a rebooted franchise. Ambitious as they may have seemed, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad broke most of our hearts.
Warner Bros. made one of the best decisions of their careers by backing Wonder Woman.
With no familiar background in the film industry, the studio bet their money on a female director Patty Jenkins to roll the cameras for one of the biggest superhero adventures of all time. Undoubtedly so, they believed in her vision, one that gave her the opportunity to work on a movie that was much larger than an indie one, and boy did it pay off.
With Wonder Woman around now, it’s safe to say the era of melancholy superheroes has had its day. Leaving behind Nolan’s tragic ways with the caped crusader and following films that copied such a tone, Wonder Woman embraces an entertaining attitude towards its world and characters.
Patty Jenkins has proven to be a phenomenal director, laying paths for other female directors to work on bigger films in the industry. Wonder Woman is DC’s home run and relieves your worries as it exceeds expectations after the way its three predecessors left us all. A stellar film of grand proportions, we can finally expect greater films from their universe, if they choose to continue this lighter and funnier, emotive-driven approach for all its future films. With extensions into a world that includes higher beings, it opens doors to a larger universe, ones that will be hopefully received better, in this year’s Justice League.
As the great Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” Oh, how true it is for both DC and the majestic Amazon princess.