Wonder Woman (2017)

Movie Title: Wonder Woman

Year Released: 2017

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 2h 29min

Genre: Action, Superhero

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Allan Heinberg

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya

Review: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. Wonder Woman is in my opinion, the best offering in the the DC Extended Universe to date. Gal Gadot is fantastic in the lead role, and is a breath of fresh air for a cinematic universe that is in desperate need of one. The fight choreography in this movie is spectacular, and the backstory is compelling and worthwhile. The DCEU also gets a lot of deserved flack for it's ominous tone and lack of humor. With that said, the awkward dynamic between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor provides for more than a few laughs as the two try to understand each other's vastly different lifestyles and societal norms. All in all, this is a very well done film, and one that the DCEU should be very proud of. I highly recommend this movie, and I'm excited to see what lies ahead for Wonder Woman beyond the enigmatic DC superhero team-up, Justice League (Wonder Woman 1984 to be released in 2019).

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Gal Gadot trained for nine months to gain seventeen pounds of pure muscle. However, during re-shoots for the movie (including stunts) Gadot was five months pregnant. The crew created a costume which had green screen cloth around her belly, which was later removed during post-production.


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