Hey gang, Valkor here. The DCEU (DC Expanded Universe) films have had a bit of a rough start; while I enjoyed “Man of Steel”, I was so-so about “Batman v Superman”, and “Suicide Squad” was a bit of a letdown. This brings us to the fourth film in the franchise – Wonder Woman. Will it take a woman to break the cycle of mediocrity? Yes. Yes, it will!
The story of Wonder Woman focuses on Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of Themyscira. Born of clay and raised amongst the Amazonian women, while her mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) attempts to keep Diana in something of a sheltered life. However, the urges to fight within Diana are too great and tho she has trained secretly as a child, Hippolyta finally gives in and lets her go all out. She knows Diana's fate and holding her back might do more harm than good. Diana’s world suddenly changes when she spots a plane crash land nearby. She rescues the pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), but in doing so she introduces the outside world to Themyscira. Trevor warns that he has to go back as there is a threat brewing that could affect all mankind. And to Diana, this sounds like the work of Aries, whose coming was foretold. And if he’s the source of this danger then she must go with Trevor to put an end to him. Hippolyta is against it, but Diana’s stubbornness prevails. And now Diana must leave behind the world she’s always known, for one she hardly knows, to risk it all and save not only her home but all of mankind.
If you need more Wonder Woman in your life and if you haven’t gotten a copy already, then consider picking up the animated Commemorative Edition of the film. It’s pretty similar to the live action, albeit still different. Plus it’s much more mature.
I’m just gonna come right out and say it – I love everything about Wonder Woman! Not since “Iron Man” have I seen an origin story this perfect. I have to say, the writers have handled things quite well, staying true to the comic book source while blending in new material to keep things interesting from the moment the film starts to the very end. And once the story draws you in, it’s the action that’ll keep you in your seats. It’s not as heavy as the animated film, but it’s just the right amount that it’s not overdone. My favorite scene is watching Diana entering a battlefield with a bunch of Germans attacking across the way; this one of many scenes that truly shows off her skills in ways never seen before. Finally, we must give Gal Gadot her props. When it was announced she was taking on the role, and when I saw her pics, I didn’t think she could pull it off. But she put her all into the role and it shows. You got a taste of what she can do in BvS, but in her solo outing – DAMN! Wonder Woman is truly the hero DC/WB needs right now to kick start their franchise. And this gives me some hope that the next film, Justice League, will keep that positive flow going.
Wonder Woman is still making the theatrical rounds and kicking box office ass. So if you haven’t seen the film yet, then don’t wait any further, get out now and soak in all that big screen action. Trust me you will not be disappointed as the film is simply one of the best comic book films out there. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Wonder Woman a perfect 5.