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Wonder Woman is the movie the suits at Warner Bros. have been yearning for, and at long last have figured out how to get. After the gloomy, hyper-stylized and unfulfilling DC Comics misadventures Man Of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman feels like a breath of fresh air, and not a moment too soon.
Director Patty Jenkins’ (Monster) film is bright, vibrant and engaging. It’s an origin story. Born to a tribe of female warriors on a remote island hidden from mankind, Diana’s (Gal Gadot) aunt (Robin Wright) teaches her how to fight while Diana’s mother (Connie Nielsen), a queen, worries for her safety. Before Diana realizes the extent of her powers and becomes Wonder Woman, an American officer named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes near the island and Diana rescues him — the first of many times she (the female) saves his (the male’s) life. This twist on traditional gender roles in action movies could not be more welcome.
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The action is fantastic, and really pops in IMAX 3D. Whereas action in the other DC Comics movies has essentially been a big, loud blur, here it’s carefully rendered for clarity and impact. There’s not one second of battle in which the events aren’t perfectly clear (there’s no over-editing here at all), and at times slow motion is used to make it even more dynamic. The visual effects are strong, and the fight choreography and cinematography are tremendous. If
Let’s be honest: Warner Bros. needs this. At a time when the studio is desperately trying to get franchises off the ground and struggling mightily with all of them (Godzilla and King Kong will soon merge, and King Arthur landed with a thud a few weeks ago), Wonder Woman could be a saving grace. Let’s hope the box office yields a positive response to this fantastic story of female empowerment, and future DC Comics movies follow this film’s formula for success.