Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Steve Trevor: Have you never met a man before? What about your father?
I have no father. I was brought to life by Zeus.
Awesome! Totally awesome! It would have to take someone of a divine nature to revitalize the much criticized DC cinematic universe. Movie goers and DC fans, I think we have it, finally and it's about time. Not that I thought DC was doing that bad, I mean I still enjoyed their movies up to now even if the popular vote might not have been in their favor. But this here film is arguably the best one yet, and I believe the popular vote will agree. The funny thing is that in a male dominated world of superheroes, it's a heroine that saves the day for DC in the theater. Now we're really getting somewhere. The movie has it all and well done too. The mythology makes it interesting, the cinematography makes it breathtaking (and so does Gal Gadot, but we'll get to her in just a bit), the special effects make it amazing, and the music makes it powerful. The movie is sexy for guys and gals, it is funny in just the right amounts, it is dramatic, there is a love story in the midst, and most importantly it is inspiring. The storyline is actually quite simple and straightforward, it's the presentation that is sharp.
Queen Hippolyta: You have been my greatest love. Be careful, Diana. They do not deserve you.
We have a mission! We can't save everyone in this war! It's not what we are here to do!
Diana Prince: You're right... But it's what *I* am here to do!
Ah the Amazons, as beautiful and stunning as they are strong and deadly. Diana (Wonder Woman a.k.a. Gal Gadot) is the daughter of the Queen of this group of warriors. Her drive to defend life and fight for those that can't fight for themselves is commendable but is it realistic in this world? She is too stubborn to be stopped or unmotivated. Talk about the right time for the outside world to meet this fascinating creature. Our backdrop is World War I and she must hit the ground running. The cast of this adventure is pretty well stocked. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor was good but of course overshadowed by Gal (we'll get to her in a sec). Connie Nielsen still looking like a classic beauty as always commands your attention whenever she is on screen, a good choice for the Queen. Robin Wright was an interesting choice as the Queen's sister and General to the Amazon warriors. She actually nailed her role and was quite believable. I can continue to name drop, like Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, and on and on and on. I mean wow, what a cast and they all delivered. And now, finally, the star of this show, Gal Gadot. I remember first seeing her in the Fast & Furious series and thought, “yeah she's okay”. When I first heard that she was chosen to be Wonder Woman I was skeptical to say the least. "Really, her? She's too skinny, not very intimidating, not very popular cinematically, and not that attractive" (I grew up with Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman so whoever plays the role must be stunning). "She's going to be the next big time female action star?" Gal, my complete apology for all of that. Not only is she exotically and incredibly beautiful (perfect combo for Wonder Woman), her performance is just as good, she is very intimidating, and in summary, she IS our new Wonder Woman. I realize she was first seen in Batman vs. Superman but she was shadowed by the epicness of that film. She did well there but this film totally solidifies her and confirms that she is the right woman for the job. These are big shoes to fill and she did it. For those of you that think that the DC cinematic universe was in turmoil, you just might leave this film thinking that Gal Gadot and this Wonder Woman flick has single handedly saved it. Being a huge Marvel fan myself, I have to share that this film is very Captain America-ish, the first one of course. Lots of similarities and I gave that film a 5 star rating as well. The icing on the cake for this power to the women film, the Director is Patty Jenkins who also directed Monster. For this being only her second major motion picture direction, kudos to you Patty. Any and all superhero fans, this is a must see.
By Cine Marcos
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