After the poor reception that Batman Vs. Superman (BVS) and Suicide Squad received, DC fans looked to director Patty Jenkins to bring back some of the limelight that Marvel seemed to have raced away with from comic fans galore. Not only does Wonder Woman do a fantastic job of being a superhero film, with themes of mythology, heroism, and justice, it does so with such splendour and allure that has come to be absconding of DC films for a while now (leaving Nolan’s brush of course).
Themiscyra is both beautiful and bold, and Gal Gadot does an exceptional job of being an embodiment of just that. Portraying the curiosity and wonder such as that of a child when she is brought to mid-war London, as well as the ferocity and power when kicking Ares’ straight back to hell, Gal Gadot is simply stunning as Diana, at once holding the audience on edge with her acts of courage and strength as well as captivating them with every flip of her hair. What is most impressive about the film, however, is its ability to weave a tale around a female protagonist who is head and shoulders above the men that surround her, and yet manage to have male audiences be alright with the idea of a woman saving them. Now I am in no way saying this film is a propagator of much-needed feminism in the world of cinema, but it is a good start. I could feel audiences around me empathise with Diana, want Diana to succeed, want Wonder Woman to kick-ass, and that’s something I don’t often witness at a theatre. Perhaps it is the awe-inspiring music at the back, or the godly feats being witnessed on the front, regardless, Gal Gadot dons the armour of Wonder Woman to a tee and brings out the heart of Diana with even greater perfection. Gal Gadot provides us with a woman to laud, as we witness a hero who combines courage, strength, intelligence and heart in the compassionate warrior-princess that is Diana. This is best typified by the scene where Trevor, played by a dashing Chris Pine, offers to take Diana back to England to consult with “the men” who can put an end to the war, Diana responds in very empowering and gender-gap defying fashion: “I am the man who can.”
And the part where she just marches forth in “no-mans land”, with Steve and co all around screaming at how it’s impossible to go through, managing to not only pass through rather largely unfazed but also rousing the spirits of the men behind her and inspiring them to get up and fight. Symbolic much?
Holy. Fricking. Shit.
CGI is a bit blinding and honestly overdone but it is something I have to come to accept from the DC film universe. I would be surprised if the upcoming Justice League isn’t as hard on the eyes. But all that can be forgiven when we have a truly wonderful character finally getting the attention it deserves, and Patty Jenkins does a phenomenal job of bringing to life one of the most underrated and underappreciated heroes in the comic universe. I did feel a bit empty however at the end, as it did seem largely like a stand-alone film with no connection to the overarching Justice League movie that is due to come out, and maybe that is the case. But after the way Marvel has been handling things with their post-credit scenes and character leaks and rather intricately connected plots, I was expecting a little bit of curiosity to be instilled in me to go back home and dig deeper, much as Marvel does. Not really a flaw, but just a note.
Overall, this stands to be one of my most favourite superhero films till date. It was in every sense of the word, truly wonderful.