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Wonder Woman movie review: Gal Gadot is the superhero we need but don’t deserve

Jun 03, 2017
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Wonder Woman
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Rating: 4/5

What is it about DC? You place your faith in them every time and each time, the offering is more disappointing than before. Man of Steel turned out to be a Henry Cavill brood-fest followed by the uninspired attempt at pitting him against Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman. Their last outing, Suicide Squad was nothing any of us deserved. Except, the curse seems to have finally been lifted by the stunning and masterful retelling of the origin story of their biggest, most popular female superhero, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.

Director Patty Jenkins, who many thought was a ‘gamble’ for the franchise, rises above and beyond the immense pressure piled on her. She delivers a film which proves that even in a genre as repetitive as this one, correct answers can still be found despite sticking to the formula, when you get each variable right.

Patty didn’t do it all by herself though. She had the support of Gal Gadot who was perhaps born to play the lasso-wielding Amazonian warrior, and a motivated story, something the franchise needed desperately:

Diana, ever since she was a little girl on the hidden island of Themiscyra, was told stories of their origin by her mother, the queen of the Amazons. Enchanted by how all these women were put on the planet to defeat the god of war, Ares, she too wanted a taste of glory for herself. She gets her opportunity when a British spy (Chris Pine), escaping German forces in the First World War, crashes on the island. He tells her of the ‘war to end all wars’ and she decides to go with him and rid the world of Ares once and for all (literally, she expects to fight a god).

She may have left the shores of her home to fight the big bad villain, but once there, she finds that there is no such thing. She grapples with the truth of modern war which kills innocents on all sides and the evil that rests within all human hearts.

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