Female superhero films have not had much success recently. Neither DC’s Catwoman (2004) nor Marvel’s Elektra (2005) performed well at the box office. The character of Wonder Woman received an encouraging response when introduced in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there was speculation over whether a spin-off would succeed. One year is a short time in cinema, yet Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster directing debut has both audiences and critics pouring out praise.
Princess of the Amazon tribe of women warriors cut off from the outside world, Diana rescues pilot Steve Trevor after his plane crashes on their remote island, and so learns about the horrors of World War I. Against her mother’s will, Diana leaves the island with Steve, and the two partner to prevent the Germans using a massive chemical weapon created by an evil scientist. Diana learns more about humans, finds love, and discovers her true identity.
The action and visual effects coupled with some thrilling background music makes this production a visual treat. The film also excels in romance, humour, and emotive plot, and the chemistry between the two protagonists Steve and Diana is adorable. Gal Gadot has landed the role of her life in this movie. Wonder Woman suits her style, personality, and physicality. Her dedication in preparing for the part becomes apparent in the action sequences. Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor is brilliant in his timing and leaves the audience wanting more. Robin Wright plays a key part in her limited screen time. Other important roles are played by Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis.
Wonder Woman has to be DC’s best work since The Dark Knight trilogy. The film is not just a celebration of woman power, but also of humanity. Wonder Woman makes you smile, makes you cry, and overall provides a very satisfying cinema experience.