Friday, 2 June 2017

Wonder Woman - Review

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It was less than a year ago that came the crushing two-punch of Batman vs. Superman; Dawn of Justice followed by the even more painful blow of Suicide Squad - which we were just hoping wouldn't  suck. It's fair to say quite a lot of people had just given up hope in the DC cinematic universe of late, seemingly always cowering behind the Marvel Avengers. However, a shining hero is about to pull them from the depths and that is Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins.
Wonder Woman comes firing out the trenches of the current superhero movie scene and rises straight to the top. Finally, a DC character's backstory hasn't been flung frantically into our faces. Diana's origin - as not everyone knows her full story/or are old enough to have seen the character in her previous pop culture glory phase (I'm not)  - has real time taken to it. Not only are the audience introduced to the story via flashback, they are then able to fully understand Wonder Woman's character from child to adult in an impressively fluent and well paced rise until before we know it Gal Gadot is our new favourite superhero.

Gal Gadot proves herself not only as a perfect wonder woman, whose had a goal of hers to play the character since her teens, but proves the entire character isn't to be ignored within the mass market that is this superhero pop culture climax.  Patty Jenkins usurps Zach Snyder for the directorial throne on this one, however Snyder is credited as the chief writer and producer which is not to be overlooked. It seems the two have combined perfectly with an obvious change in momentum and on-screen storytelling that Jenkins has thankfully brought aboard with beautifully gritty cinematography that unravels into, at times, truly stunning visuals.

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The pleasant surprise that the new direction as allowed for is you can really get a sense of unity in her storytelling which coexists naturally with the way in which Wonder Woman's origin is unravelled in this film. Amazons aren't just female spartans, they fight with an acrobatic edge and the passion of the Amazonian really connects. In a similar fashion, at the time of World War I especially, and still now, women are treated as not even the spartan-equivalent masculine identity, and at that time as mere cogs far away from the battlefield - Diana helps shatter that facade. With a new feeling attention to the surrounding cast, Wonder Woman is bursting with hidden and familiar talents with a tremendous age range and cinematic backgrounds. The individual characters really combine and feel warmly familiar and the character chemistry is either enthralling or entertaining. Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor, the British war spy whose story intertwines and twists it's way effortlessly beside Wonder Woman's narrative.

Think, Captain America:The First Avenger with an even better director and the man who made Watchmen and 300 working in combination on a singular project because that's this. The action in this film is amazing, the balance between these sequences and the storytelling aspects is very well balanced to a point that allows for a greater attention to detail on these sequences. This meaning, every action scene is distinctive and memorable, things become more fluent and satisfying. There are essentially three villains in Wonder Woman, and although they're balanced very well - taking over the on-screen threat in turns - God of War, War, and some fairly meh typical Nazi no-gooders. The villains all work ,however kind of goofy they may come across initially the roles make sense and I can't stress enough how well these narrative are crafted together. Jenkins' Wonder Woman is truly a triumph and embodies everything the character is and the audience needs.

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