5 reasons why we loved the new 'Wonder Woman' film
The FTGV movie review: Gal Gadot-starring superhero flick is simply wonderful.
With an exciting story, stunning visuals and an electrifying performance by Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Diana, “Wonder Woman” rises to the top of the cinematic superhero pantheon. In the origin story set during World War I, warrior princess Diana saves a downed American pilot and joins him on a spy mission that takes her from the Amazonian island of Themyscira to the trenches and battlefields of Europe.
Here are a few of our favorite reasons why we loved this new movie...
Diana’s heretofore-sheltered existence becomes fodder for comedic fish-out-of-water moments, starting with her first encounter with a naked man. Upon seeing Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) emerge from a bath, she asks if he’s typical of his sex. “Above average,” he replies. Later, arriving in London, Diana promptly declares the place “hideous.” Then, since her skimpy armor isn’t very appropriate for a spy mission, Trevor takes her shopping for clothes. She amusingly grapples with restrictive Edwardian fashion before settling on a military style skirted suit and long cape to conceal her Amazonian outfit. Lucy Davis as Trevor’s secretary and a trio of mercenaries (Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and Eugene Brave Rock) also supply welcome comic moments.
Diana’s fierceness in battle, her fearless, can-do-anything attitude coupled with her idealism, intelligence and compassion make her an icon to look up to. She's the kind of role model that her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright) want for her. There’s groundbreaking inspiration behind the camera, too. Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) is the first woman to direct a superhero film and the third to direct a movie with a budget north of $100 million, joining Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) and Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time,” out next March).
It has spectacular battle sequences
From a new twist on trench warfare involving Diana’s bullet-deflecting run through No Man’s Land to the climactic, epic battle between good vs. evil on a Belgian airfield, the fighting scenes are exciting and thrilling. But the movie’s most unusual battle happens early on, when German troops storm the beach at Themyscira. Their bullets are deadly, but no match for the archery skills of the Amazon warriors, who defeat them in a piercing, balletic display of precision.
It has eminently evil villains
General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and Dr. Isabel ‘Poison’ Maru (Elena Anaya), who scheme to annihilate the world with deadly poison gas, are deliciously hissable. But it’s god of war Ares, in the guise of a person we won’t spoil here, whose face-off with Diana is the film’s riveting ultimate showdown.
It stars Gal Gadot
Since being crowned Miss Israel in 2004, Gadot has been on a steady career climb. She's appeared on Israeli TV shows and international films, with small roles in “Date Night” and “Knight and Day.” More recently, she’s been in “Triple 9,” “Criminal” and the spy comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses.” But playing Gisele, Vin Diesel’s love interest, in three “Fast & Furious” flicks had brought her the most recognition until she was cast as Wonder Woman.
Any questions about whether Gadot could carry a very big blockbuster on her own have now been answered. And the good news is that she’ll be back, first in “Justice League,” which will be released Nov. 17. And then, we can only assume, in the inevitable "Wonder Woman" sequel.
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