Wonder Woman movie review: Gal Gadot and her superhero will be a hard act to follow

Wonder Woman movie review: Gal Gadot bursts onto DC Comics' superhero scene with Wonder Woman, an old-fashioned good vs an evil film that has a scale, that has an ambition, that has the required full-blown finale, but, above all, that has a heart of gold.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 4:34 pm
wonder woman photos, wonder woman images, wonder woman pics, wonder woman pictures, gal gadot Wonder Woman movie review: The fact that this is DC Comic’s first woman superhero isn’t to be taken lightly.

Wonder Woman movie director: Patty Jenkins
Wonder Woman movie cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston
Wonder Woman movie rating: 3.5

She may have been lost in the mess that was Batman vs Superman, but there is little chance of that happening again. Gal Gadot bursts onto DC Comics’s superhero scene with Wonder Woman, an old-fashioned good vs an evil film that has a scale, that has ambition, that has the required full-blown finale, but, above all, that has a heart.

After brooding, depressed heroes who dragged a cold, dark world down with them, we have one who still believes the world can be a better — and warmer — place, and looks gorgeous in the process. The fact that this is DC Comic’s first woman superhero isn’t to be taken lightly, nor the fact that the film has at its helm a woman director who makes Gadot look empowering in the metallic bikini she sports.

In another subtle, but telling touch, putting her apart from her testosterone-fuelled male counterparts, Wonder Woman (never called that in this origin film) a.k.a Diana Prince doesn’t work alone, or even aspire to do so. She has genuine partners she respects, led by an equally warm, good-looking and traditional hero-like Chris Pine.

We first meet Diana in the present age, working at Louvre. The fact that she is one of the Marvels is quickly, and briefly, dealt with by a briefcase she receives from Bruce Wayne with a photograph of her in her Wonder Woman costume from around World War I.

Diana thinks back to her childhood, on an island inhabited by the Amazons, and kept hidden from the outside world by Zeus. The Amazons are believed to be the only ones who can save the world from Zeus’s son Ares, the God of War. Diana’s mother (played by Nielsen) wants her to know as little of this corrupted human world through as possible and is opposed in this by her sister (Robin Wright).

Once Pine’s Steve has found his way to the island though while escaping German troops in WWI — he is an American spy, working with the British — you know it is only a matter of time before Diana discovers this world, and the war.

Jenkins makes a light touch of the introduction to Diana, even pulling off the training-in-warfare part where a lot of many women jump around doing acrobatics in leather and holding swords, which is impressive despite all the laws of physics it thwarts. She has an even lighter touch handling the awkward moments between Diana and Steve, who is the first man she has ever seen, including in the nude. There is a beautiful scene under the moon, in a boat, as they sail out to England and mayhem, where Diana tells Steve how she has read all of bodily pleasures and concluded that men are okay for procreation, not so much for pleasure. Steve, asked by Diana if he is “like the average man”, tries half-embarrassed to explain that, well, he is considered “above average” at home, particularly as being a spy, he must have a certain “vigour”. Much, much later, when they kiss, serenaded by snowflakes, it is authentic and natural, not a contrived plot device.

Israeli actress Gadot is assured and confident in her first big role, as good with the comic aspects of Diana discovering a new life, including corsets, as with her heartbreak at discovering the horrors of man’s cruelty. It helps that the setting is a war that actually happened, rather than a battle with aliens that may never come to pass. Pine plays a heartwarming second fiddle, letting Gadot take the lead and letting his awe show.

The film only drags when it must get into its second half, of big fights and big climax, and some rather juvenile talk of the true nature of mankind. The big reveal is a little disappointing, and more than rushed.

Which also means that since this is the territory Wonder Woman is likely to inhabit in subsequent films, Jenkins’s is going to be a hard act to follow.

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    Gitu Rajput
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    The story revolves around Princess Diana (Wonder Woman), trying to cultivate her powers as a warrior and finding a purpose for herself...if you watch more reviews go to : wittyghost /2017/06/wonder-woman/ : wittyghost /
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      Kannu
      Jun 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm
      I am Still watching it.... and can say Really Well movie after a long time.you get more info go with : wittyghost /2017/06/wonder-woman/ : wittyghost /
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        Ajay
        Jun 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm
        Great movie!
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          KN
          Jun 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm
          The trailers lead me to believe that DC/Warner Bros still have a chance to catch up with Marvel(rather say not lose by a big margin); but they still let us down. What could have been a great super hero movie turned out to be mediocre one only saved somewhat by it's actors...I found the story shallow and weary with some of the most cliched scenes in movie history!!! The makers should work on a strong plot rather than just relying on the VFX. This movie surely will mint 100s of millions of dollars for the makers but wouldn't come up to the standards set by the Marvel movies. DC it's time you started reinventing yourself.
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            sandesh bukate
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                Amir
                Jun 3, 2017 at 2:15 am
                For the first time i will not agree with a movie review from IE. It seems they are influenced by the inflated reviews this movie is getting worldwide and are not honest as they usually are. This is just another below average superhero movie from DC which makes you wonder what is it that DC missing every time they make an attempt to give Marvel run for their money. The story is missing and surprisingly Gal Gadot somehow managed to ruin her work in BvS .The makers certainly did not do justice to the most powerful comic character. This is the third movie in a row which forced me to doubt the ability of DC to transform their exceptional comic story line and characters to the big screen. At best this is a two star movie.
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                  Noyb
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm
                  "Israeli actress Gadot ... as with her heartbreak at discovering the horrors of man’s cruelty." Given Israel's actions against its indigenous people, the irony of the statement above is sickening.
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                    ams
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:24 am
                    Movie has got nothing to do with Israel's foreign policies.
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                      Ajay
                      Jun 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm
                      True. See on the excellent do entary led THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES. Also one led SIX DAYS IN JUNE.
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                      Ajay
                      Jun 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                      The Jews were the indigenous people there. The Arabs came as conquerors. They build their mosque on top of the most holy Jewish site in the world. Jews have been there before Christians or Muslims.
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                        Ajay
                        Jun 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm
                        Sorry for the typo. My comment should have read. See on the excellent do entary led THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES . Also one led SIX DAYS IN JUNE.
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