By: Nick Askam
In a time in which seemed like all the DC movies were terrible, there is a shining star among them all. It’s Wonder Woman. A movie that surprised us all as being both wholesome and genuinely entertaining. I wanted this movie to be thrilling and it was. I wanted this movie to inspire more than other comic book movies and it did. I hope that the Wonder Woman train continues on and on until the movie is released on Blu-ray and people, including me, will buy it.
What holds this movie together is the star of the film, Gal Gadot. Her performances as Diana/ Wonder Woman is really what captivated audiences around the world and made people respect this film. Since we’ve not had a real Wonder Woman since Linda Carter, it’s been difficult for people to get behind the character. Now, I think there’s a definite reason to care about her as the DCEU continues. Now that we know some history on the character, we, as the audience, will want to re-watch and understand her motives and intentions. Gadot makes the character approachable, while being true to the superhero form. There’s no hand-holding. Wonder Woman does everything Superman or Batman would do and more. There’s an energy to her that makes her exciting and wonderful to watch on screen. Gadot’s performance was inspiring and well done.
Chris Pine also rocked his role. It can be challenging for someone who’s known for being the star to take a more reserved role. That’s exactly what Pine did. He let Gadot lead and he was the character that people still liked, and we wanted to watch him on screen many more times. Pine did an excellent job in making sure that he didn’t steal screen time, but that we still wanted the best for him. As the film carried on and into the last scenes with Gadot and Pine, I felt more and more genuinely attached to both of them which I haven’t felt in a very long time in superhero flicks.
This film almost seemed more than just a cut and try superhero movie and I associate that mainly with Patty Jenkins. The way that she led this film makes it one of a kind. Jenkins made a movie that wows young audiences without being too brutal. It’s one of those films that you don’t want to be rated R at all and you hope for the lighter tones to stay throughout the movie. At the end of the day, she made this movie into what it is.
Overall, Wonder Woman has been one of the best films that I’ve seen this summer. It’s action and compassion for many different types of people make it great. Even though it is a DC movie and a superhero movie, I found myself caring for the characters way more than in other movies of the sort and that’s why I liked it so much. I will definitely go and see this again shortly and so should you.
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