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WONDER WOMAN

Movie Review by David Blackwell

 

141 minutes, rated PG-13

STUDIO: Warner Bros Pictures/ DC Films/ Atlas Entertainment/ Cruel and Unusual Films/ Wanda Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 6-2-2017

Diana was born to be something special despite her mother, the Queen of the Amazons, wanting to protect her from Ares- the god of War.  Hidden on a secret island, the Amazons keep training and one day spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is rescued by Diana (Gal Gadot).  She learns about the war to end all wars (World War One) and she decides to go with Steve to find Ares because she wants to top the war and end all the suffering caused by it.  Steve wants to stop a deadly nerve gas (created by Doctor Poison) that will eat through gas masks.  He forms a team to take on this dangerous mission in this journey about what it means to be a hero.

 

WONDER WOMAN has taken a long time to hit the big screen and it is a good paced superhero action film with heart and humor.  The framing sequence is kinda lame (which is used to tell the movie’s tale as a flashback), the ending is a little flat, the gods are all killed by Ares (those pesky gods that the writers don’t want to deal with), and some purists of the comic book character do argue that the movie should have started in World War 2 like in the comic book origins.  The movie is fun and Gal Gadot shines as Wonder Woman.  It is a movie that really is catching the audiences by storm as you get to see the drama, action, and emotion.   The first two-thirds of WONDER WOMAN are fantastic (with Diana’s walk across No Man’s Land to free a village being one of the great highlights), but the third act does falter a little bit.  The good guys are fleshed out especially making Diana a true hero in the making, but the bad guys aren’t fleshed out much leaving them a little two dimensional where all the writing was focused on making Wonder Woman a character you love whether it is during a serious moment, a moment of attraction between her and Steve, and even a little humor as she is very nave about the world she is stepping into.  She hasa a good heart, but she will learn the world isn’t black and white.

 

 I can’t wait to see her appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE and the next WONDER WOMAN solo movie (which is going to happen since the movie did big box office numbers the first weekend).   It is a movie that really is catching the audiences by storm as you get to see the drama, action, and emotion.  

 

This review is 6-9-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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