MPAA Rating: PG-13
for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 141 minutes
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Danny Huston, Lucy Davis, Doutzen Kroes
Love is the answer, not war, according to Wonder Woman (previously Diana), portrayed by Israeli star Gal Gadot. This is a bit of a dichotomy coming from a woman who according to Greek Mythology was raised by a race of warring Amazon Women.
In her world fierce swordswomen and precise archers with their lethal bows and arrows and are now ready to defend their isolated kingdom. It’s on a mysterious island that looms out of the fog-enshrouded Aegean Sea like the lost city of Atlantis.
World War I pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes his plane into the ocean. The water-logged flyboy gets rescued by the skeptical female warriors. He causes no end to hysteria amongst the women, and even a great deal of curiosity.
Most of the women, including Diana, have never seen a man. Diana was raised in isolation and protectiveness by her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). Diana’s Aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) is a General in their army and secretly teaches the Princess the secrets of being a great warrior, much to the chagrin of the Queen. That’s how Diana grows up to become Wonder Woman. She’s blessed with the skills to overcome all evils, and been endowed with all the special powers the mythical Gods can give her.
The film captures our curiosity ongoing and becomes a treatise on Greek Mythology (Hollywood version). Diana’s natural female curiosity gets the better of her when she encounters Steve naked in a pool. As he alights, she takes note that boys are different from girls. It’s a funny scene tastefully done with humor.
When Steve mentions that a raging war (World War I) is now going on in other parts of the planet Diana, seemingly the God of war, demands to go there so she can find Ares and eliminate him and all war.
Pines’ character is somewhat of a renegade, but Steve takes Diana to the munitions factory of the Germans. That’s where the hideous gasses as formulated by the mad scientist Doctor Poison are. The manaical doctor is played as an amusingly, campy misfit by actress Elena Anaya. Suffering from previous accidents experimenting with poison formulas, her face is scarred, and she wears a sort of cracked ceramic crockery on her face as a cover-up.
Naïve and inexperienced, Diana mistakes German General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) for the Greek god of war Ares. It’s one heck of a walloping scene with him in – in which an entire three- story guardhouse is smashed into toothpicks. Huston is marvelous in his role and exudes evil and power of the worst kind.
Wonder Woman is disgusted by war when she sees what it has done to ordinary people in the countryside. She shows love and compassion for the war victims and wants to help them survive. Gadot portrays her as a compassionate character and is very convincing. This respect is different from DC comic book’s other screen heroes.
However, Wonder Woman can’t sway Steve to complete his mission to destroy the munitions factory. Her bigger problems ate to find Ares and defeat him and thus ending all wars.
The film is captivating and gives a new twist to the comic book hero so prevalent in today’s action movies. Kudos to female director Patty Jenkins for proving women can direct action films. The special eye-popping effects do somewhat bludgeon us over the head but the film is rousing entertainment.
Photo Credits: Warner Bros/DC Entertainment