“I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta!”
DC’s Wonder Woman is currently kicking butt. I had the pleasure of seeing it June 1, and it was breath-taking. WW not only set the stage for the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), but for Women-fronted movies in general. Gal Gadot’s brilliant portrayal of the Amazonian princess was charismatic, compelling, and honorable.
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‘Wonder Woman’ is DC’s best since The Dark Knight
Everyone remembers Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) for being unforgettable, captivating, and dark, very dark. But the tone of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was truly virtuous and emotionally moving. Countless moments in the film had me near tears, while others sent a static wave through my being. The dialogue was powerful, striking, and motivated me to stay focused on the film. Diana’s echo of her origins “I am Diana of Themyscira…” had me cheering er through the entire movie.
The talent for the movie was fantastic. Gal Gadot‘s portrayal as the Amazonian can even be compared to Lynda Carter’s from the 70’s. Diana was noble, so noble that she was willing to put her life on the line for strangers. This notion reminded me of WW from the Justice League cartoons—always standing for justice. While Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor was a major character, he didn’t steal the spotlight from Gadot.
“Wonder Woman don’t need no man!”
and that’s the way it should be! Chris Pine needs to be the damsel in distress here, and while he never screams “help!” there’s no way they could do this without Diana.
‘Wonder Woman’ and Women in Film
Patty Jenkins’ Amazonian superhero flick did more than just kick bad guy ass; it also broke records and barriers. Jenkins’ film made $223 million internationally opening weekend, outperforming Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, and Man of Steel’s debuts. Can we say Girl Power?!
Not only is it a win for the Wonder Woman movie, but for Jenkins and women alike. She’s the first woman ever to direct a large budget superhero movie. Jenkins is also the second woman to direct a live action film with a budget over $100 million. This sets a positive example for aspiring female directors everywhere. Hopefully this success brings more women in the action direction to the forefront.
What’d you think of Wonder Woman?
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