Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DC universe since Nolan’s Batman. The story of Diana, princess of the Amazons is told with modern day resources in a way that does justice to the original comic book character. I used to watch the TV show when I was a kid and even though I had a huge crush on Lynda Carter, I still thought the invisible jet was cheesy…
Luckily, the integrity to the film is solid as she comes off as the warrior bad-ass she’s supposed to be. Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) directs and puts her stamp on it while the movie feels like a solid piece of the universe Warner has been building. The action is fun and thrilling to watch, especially the opening battle scene as the Germans make the mistake of attacking the Amazon shoreline.
Gal Godot is the kind of actor that when she’s on screen, you almost can’t not look away, like compelled somehow not to move your head or blink. Yes, her beauty is part of that but so is the way she carries herself during the more tense, physical moments like charging a machine gun nest as well as the emotional points as well, especially with her mother and her mentor. Speaking of which, Connie Nielsen plays her mother and the lead warrior, her mentor is portrayed by Robin Wright. It was great to see them both in these very powerful roles, Wright was especially impressive to watch with the physical intensity she brought to the part.
The rest of the cast was tight as well in addition to the story itself which touched the mythology of it all in a nice stretch. The lineup included Elena Anaya, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, and Eugene Brave Rock.
If you get a chance, it’s great on the big screen, if not, be sure to catch up to it when it hits the digital world.
reviewed by Sean McKnight