Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) receives a World War I era photograph and reminisces her childhood in Themiscyra where she was raised by Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and trained by General Antiope (Robin Wright). While Hippolyta has been skeptical of training Diana for any kind of war, Antiope regularly reminds her of Diana’s reality and hence wins over their arguments. One day a plane crash-lands in the ocean and as she saves the pilot, dragging him to the shore, she is introduced to the first man she has ever seen who identifies himself as Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
Who is Trevor and how did he get to Themiscyra? What are his motives? What is the reality of Diana which the Amazonians are hiding?
Positive points: –
- Chris Pine and Gal Gadot’s charismatic performances as well as their endearing chemistry stands out.
- The action sequences especially those performed by Gadot are breathtaking and superbly choreographed.
- DC finally comes of its darker superhero movies and incorporates sufficient humour (mostly executed by Pine) which tickles the audiences’ senses and grabs their attention successfully. It isn’t that I don’t like superhero movies being dark but after The Dark Knight Rises, DC had failed badly in making the same successful, hence a change in status quo comes as a respite.
- The visual effects ofcourse were wonderful. I wonder at times why am I even praising Hollywood movies for their wonderful VFX’s because they seldom put us down in this case atleast nor do I expect them to ever do so afterall money is sweeter than honey and brighter than sunshine. *Winks*
Negative points: –
- The first half of the movie focuses on plot building due to which its pace appears slower. But wait for the second half for inducing the thrill you’ve waited for all these days.
- The script and the direction have quite some largely visible glitches and suffer from a lack of character development. For instance, I couldn’t accept that Diana comes to the gala with the sword at her back and no one notices it or raises any objection eventhough she has everyone’s attention.
- I have a basic problem with the philosophical interpretations of the movie. I understand the fact that the plotline is dependent on the comics featuring the eponymous character and must have taken inspiration from the same source material yet I was dissatisfied by the concept of Ares corrupting the human beings. Ofcourse the movie recognizes the imperfection of the living beings but it’s also true that we have been corrupted by ourselves and theorising it on some God like character isn’t what I felt was justified.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Neither Allan Heinberg’s screenplay nor Patty Jenkins’ direction is perfect, nevertheless both have done a really good and appreciable job. The plot buildup in the first half is a bit slow but it’s abated by a thrilling second half. Heinberg has put in so many characters into the story but hasn’t developed any of them aptly except that of Trevor and Diana. Jenkins too could have abated some of the loopholes in the script but she could’t (or didn’t maybe); probably she relied more on the performances of the actors and the action montages. Nevertheless, the climax has been the executed wonderfully and the movie gets its brownie points for emotionalising an otherwise fun-action script.
The action sequences have been choreographed really well and the visual effects incorporated in them have been scintillating with Matthew Jensen’s cinematography being the icing on the cake. However, I think Martin Walsh could have edited the movie to atleast 10-15 minutes shorter for the length seems bit longer for an origins movie. I have mixed views for Rupert Gregson-William’s score for his tunes are wonderful for most montages but in some scenes his music is dim and slow even when the tone of the sequence is funny which is pretty odd and disturbing. Hell with the score, I loved Sia and Labirinth’s song To Be Human which plays at the end of the movie and it’s been on loop in my ears for quite some time.
Gal Gadot may not have a very pretty face but her physical fitness as well as her ability to adapt her emotions to the required sequences is amazing. She is nearly perfect in her role and seldom disappoints with her expressions and body language. It seems she was born to play this role and hopefully will be playing it for long.
Chris Pine is the star of the movie and even when he is a secondary to Gadot for most sequences, his charisma pulls your attention towards him. Honestly, he shines over Gadot very easily and is the best performer in the movie in all aspects. His comic timing is fantastic, his expressions mind-blowing and it’s he who makes your heart cringe with the emotional climax and not Gadot. Simply amazing!
David Thewlis is a great even in a short appearance and makes his presence well felt in the film.
Final Verdict: –
Wonder Woman may not be perfect but it’s definitely DC’s comeback in the arena of superhero flicks. It surely has its own problems, yet its overcome by the lead actors’ performances along with wonderful action sequences, cinematography and visual effects. The emotional and action-packed climax, in which Chris Pine shines again, fetches the flick an extra 0.5 marks of what it deserves. Go and have fun for it’s the DC movie we have been waiting for so long!