A movie review by: Lee Sonogan
(2017) 2h21min/ Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Diana Prince: What is that?
Steve Trevor: That is a watch.
Diana Prince: What does it do?
Steve Trevor: It tells the time. It tells you when to sleep, to eat…
Diana Prince: That tiny thing tells you what to do?
It is the first female dominant superhero film in twelve years since Elektra was made in 2005. The movie is about 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 a 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. With a budget of $149 million, the movie has made over $263 million at the box office. Based on world war 1, its location has the twenties and under feel to it.
This film has been in development since 1996 when Ivan Reitman was hired to write and direct it. In January 2001, Silver Pictures approached Todd Alcott to write a Wonder Woman script. He was replaced in August 2003 with Laeta Kalogridis. Later in March 2005, Joss Whedon was hired to not only write but also direct the film but in February 2007, he left due to creative differences. Later, Patty Jenkins took the position and became the first woman to direct a superhero film with a female protagonist.
The movies biggest actors and actresses include Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, David Thewilis and Robin Wright. Gal Gadot worked on her character six months prior to shooting. Diana is never once referred to as Wonder Woman in the film. With an opening of $103 million, the film marks the highest US opening for a female director. Previously, this record was held by Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
The first IMDB rating that let me down. This was a movie that I had high expectations of. I was let down as the Wonder Woman that I knew was not her. This movie may be an origin story, but still not as good as other reviewers would say. Much like the other DC extended universe so far, it does not develop her character enough and her powers. The back story in the first half of the movie is very short (No more Amazons seen after that). Then the story is non stop short WW1 themed stories, her romance with Chris Pines character, her obviousness to everything outside of Themyscira and close up shots of her face. With the movie length, It does not have many interesting scenes in it. The ending has a very sudden twist. It does not last very long in the final act. I recommend this movie for an introduction to Wonder woman. Keep in mind though that she is portrayed and shown in better quality when she’s in the Justice League and in the comics.
PS – I did not like the movie mistakes, over the top action that I did not get behind and the constant slo-mo shots of the actor in nearly every scene. Not a sexist… Watching and reading many stories, I do not find it that original or creative compared to everything else.