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Wonder Woman (3D)
Vaishnavi Kulkarni / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
9.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
9.0
8.5
9.5
9.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
Yes
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
2017 is turning out to be a good year for superheroes. We started out with Marvel making us weep as we bid the Wolverine farewell in Logan, and now it is DC's turn to shine as it brings us the kind of superhero origin story that the world needs right now: the story of an Amazon warrior princess who dares to challenge a god and take on the world of men.

Let's face it, DC has had a disappointing run of late. David Ayer's Suicide Squad was all hype and no heart, and Zack Snyder's Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice before that had ended up being the dawn of "Martha" memes. But with Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins puts DC back on the map and sets the bar high for all its upcoming movies.

It is refreshing to see a movie directed by a woman (a rarity in itself, at least for DC) about the journey of a strong female protagonist from a naïve warrior who seeks to put an end to war and suffering, to a woman who understands better her own strength and capabilities, and whose pain and heartbreak have made her wiser. With superhero universes dominated largely by men, this kind of movie was long overdue.

Wonder Woman begins with Diana (Gal Gadot) opening an envelope from Wayne Enterprises and reminiscing about her roots, through the lens of an old black and white photograph of herself (garbed in her Wonder Woman apparel) surrounded by her comrades.

You take a peek into Diana's mind's eye of the past and come to Themyscira, a beautiful island of paradise whose sparkling seas and sandy stores are steeped in myth and magic. The island is inhabited by the Amazons, a group of women trained in combat, led by the mother of the little Diana (Lilly Aspell), Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson). The young princess is desperate to be trained in the art of war herself, and applies to her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) for the same. She trains hard, and grows into a fierce fighter, though there is much that she is yet to learn about herself.

There is a background of Greek mythology, and you learn that the origin of the Amazons is interwoven with stories of Zeus and Ares. The latter (the god of war) continues to be a recurring theme, and holds quite a bit of significance in the plot of the film and its insights into human nature.

After a plane crashes into the waters surrounding Themyscira, Diana rescues the pilot, Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), from an early (and watery) grave. Their astonishment upon beholding the other (rather akin to that of Eric and Ariel in The Little Mermaid) is cut short by a hostile invasion by German troops who have followed Trevor. A battle ensues, and though the Amazons triumph, they question Trevor in the wake of the many casualties they incur.

Steve reveals that he has obtained intelligence regarding the activities of German officer Ludendorf (Danny Huston) and his favourite evil scientist Dr Maru aka Dr Poison (Elena Anaya), who are designing a gas that is the equivalent of a nuclear weapon in terms of destructive power. When Steve relinquishes the truth about the Second World War wreaking havoc in the outside world, Diana believes that Ares is the one orchestrating the annihilation of humanity by corrupting the mortal world, and decides to leave with the captain and end the suffering once and for all.

It is both amusing and saddening to see the conservative and patriarchal society of London during WWII, from the full-skirted, elaborate dresses that don't allow for swords or shields, to the utter lack of regard for the opinions of women in matters of import, bewildering the wild and free warrior. She accompanies Trevor as he goes to hand in a notebook containing Dr. Maru's formulae to his superiors, but is angered to find them complacent and cowardly, too busy with politics to think about the safety of the people.

The pair decide to go to the German front on their own, along with Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), Charlie (Ewen Bremner) and the chief (Eugene Brave Rock), covertly aided by Sir Patrick (David Thewlis). The plot takes Diana to the heart of the skirmishes, where she slowly discovers the extent of her powers as well as the good and evil contained in the world. All the while, the budding romance between Trevor and her blooms sweetly and subtly, through slow dances and soft whispers, and soon you fall in love with the pairing yourself.

There are plenty of twists and turns on the road towards the end, and Zack Snyder's writing doesn't fail to grip and surprise you. The movie is an excellent commentary on the tendency of humans to favour conflict, and builds on the harsh fact that people, more often than not, make the conscious choice to hurt and destroy one another. The contrast between the gritty realism of the World War II backdrop, and the power of forces that ought to exist solely in myths and legends, is glaring and beautifully depicted. It is also heartening to see a female superhero who is brave, selfless and courageous, and has weapons in her arsenal that are far more potent than merely her beauty and sensuality.

Gal Gadot is superb, and is all that Wonder Woman should be - she is both compassionate in her love and merciless in her wrath, and she makes you feel her character's excitement, wonder, joy, jubilation, heartbreak and finally her unrelenting drive to do the what is right, as if it were your own. Her face is expressive and has the innocence of a child who still has faith in the world, and her physique and fighting scenes are awe-inspiring.

Chris Pine portrays Steve Trevor with a quiet air of determination, chivalry and nobility that suits the role perfectly. The two leads have good chemistry, too, and complement each other well. The rest of the cast perform their supporting roles well, too, making you laugh occasionally and gaining your admiration for their characters. David Thewlis, in particular, delivers as the helpful, unassuming gentleman with some hidden facets to his personality.

The movie incites a range of emotions in you, from some light-hearted quipping to moments that bring tears to your eyes. The musical score is brilliant - Rupert Gregson-Williams inculcates Hans Zimmer's iconic Wonder Woman theme from Batman v Superman into his own creation, creating a masterful symphony that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

The visuals are overwhelming and echo the tones of the scenes perfectly, whether they be the bright and clean colours of Themyscira or the dark, murky grey undertones of war-torn Germany. The 3D effects are not very noticeable, but the effects and overall shooting are a feather in Mathew Jensen's cap.

Wonder Woman is a movie that appeals to comic book fans and casual viewers alike, and is not one to be missed.
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  • Cast
    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielson, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Rock, Elena Anaya
  • Music
    Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • Director
    Patty Jenkins
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
TOP COMMENT
The Common Movie Goer on 4th Jun 2017, 4:10pm | Permalink
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TL;DR - Just watch it.Even if you have other work, chuck everything and watch it.

This movie is legend...wait for it...keep waiting since the next awesome DCEU movie might be forever away...dary. Legendary. It was bloody brilliant.Finally, a DC movie where slow motion is justified, a DC movie where the characters have depth, and a DC movie you empathize with all the characters, where the motivations seem logical, and a plot which isn't dependent on a single word. The word's Martha in case anyone is still wondering.

I have to start with the direction. I am so glad they got a woman to direct this. The way Patty Jenkins empowers the titular character while still making her a part of a team is spectacular. She manipulates your emotions with ease, and is like a DJ spinning the right tricks. She knows when to amp up the action and dial it back to create some really tender moments. And she has extracted the best of her cast. Which brings us to Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

Gal Gadot embodies a goddess both physically and mentally. While she is a treat to look at on screen, she personifies everything a noble warrior would stand for. She is required to be naive, strong-willed, brash, noble, and angry at various points of the movie, and she manages all that with great elan. You root for her at every stage, and you feel her emotions.

Chris Pine just knocked this out of the park. A lesser actor could have ended up looking like WW's sidekick, but he provides the perfect foil for Gadot's princess Diana. He acknowledges that she is the far stronger one, to the point of being invincible, but somehow still gives off the impression that he is ever protective of her. For anyone struggling to understand what feminism is, this relationship is the perfect example. Treating her just like he would treat any other powerful ally, and taking the backseat where required. And anyone thinking this movie might not be a great date movie, you would be mistaken. Gadot and Pine have chemistry that would put the best rom-com vets to shame.

The supporting cast are great and have great personalities, just don't expect too much screen time. It's a good thing when you think about it, why not fill up the screen with people who look like demi-gods anyway.

I didn't think I would say it this year, but Logan's definitely got competition. I had chills, tears, excitement, and joy while watching this movie. I think I enjoyed it more than Logan, but that could be the recency effect talking. Of course, it would be unfair to expect a Hugh-Jackman-esque performance, so go for the plot and stay for the acting.

Wonder woman might have just saved the DCEU for now, only time will tell. But this movie will definitely come to be regarded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. This, I can assure you.

Conclusion: Go watch Princess Diana kick some ass.
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The Common Movie Goer on 4th Jun 2017, 11:27pm | Permalink
Hey, Vaishnavi! Small typo in the review, it should've been WW1 instead of WW2. I think Steve Trevor was a WW2 intelligence officer in the origin issue of the comics.
Vaishnavi Kulkarni on 6th Jun 2017, 12:36pm | Permalink
Oh my bad! You're right, it's WWI in the movie.
The Common Movie Goer on 4th Jun 2017, 4:10pm | Permalink
SPOILER FREE

TL;DR - Just watch it.Even if you have other work, chuck everything and watch it.

This movie is legend...wait for it...keep waiting since the next awesome DCEU movie might be forever away...dary. Legendary. It was bloody brilliant.Finally, a DC movie where slow motion is justified, a DC movie where the characters have depth, and a DC movie you empathize with all the characters, where the motivations seem logical, and a plot which isn't dependent on a single word. The word's Martha in case anyone is still wondering.

I have to start with the direction. I am so glad they got a woman to direct this. The way Patty Jenkins empowers the titular character while still making her a part of a team is spectacular. She manipulates your emotions with ease, and is like a DJ spinning the right tricks. She knows when to amp up the action and dial it back to create some really tender moments. And she has extracted the best of her cast. Which brings us to Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

Gal Gadot embodies a goddess both physically and mentally. While she is a treat to look at on screen, she personifies everything a noble warrior would stand for. She is required to be naive, strong-willed, brash, noble, and angry at various points of the movie, and she manages all that with great elan. You root for her at every stage, and you feel her emotions.

Chris Pine just knocked this out of the park. A lesser actor could have ended up looking like WW's sidekick, but he provides the perfect foil for Gadot's princess Diana. He acknowledges that she is the far stronger one, to the point of being invincible, but somehow still gives off the impression that he is ever protective of her. For anyone struggling to understand what feminism is, this relationship is the perfect example. Treating her just like he would treat any other powerful ally, and taking the backseat where required. And anyone thinking this movie might not be a great date movie, you would be mistaken. Gadot and Pine have chemistry that would put the best rom-com vets to shame.

The supporting cast are great and have great personalities, just don't expect too much screen time. It's a good thing when you think about it, why not fill up the screen with people who look like demi-gods anyway.

I didn't think I would say it this year, but Logan's definitely got competition. I had chills, tears, excitement, and joy while watching this movie. I think I enjoyed it more than Logan, but that could be the recency effect talking. Of course, it would be unfair to expect a Hugh-Jackman-esque performance, so go for the plot and stay for the acting.

Wonder woman might have just saved the DCEU for now, only time will tell. But this movie will definitely come to be regarded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. This, I can assure you.

Conclusion: Go watch Princess Diana kick some ass.
RATING
10
Vaishnavi Kulkarni on 4th Jun 2017, 11:38pm | Permalink
I completely agree with your assessment. I absolutely loved this movie, and it has managed to raise my expectations from the upcoming DC movies, that BvS and SS had dashed to the ground. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are amazing. Oh, and nice HIMYM reference in the beginning there. I love Barney. :)
Evolver on 4th Jun 2017, 7:32pm | Permalink
When would Hollywood get rid of this Superhero fad??????? It's getting sick and tired, more sick and more tired by the day.....
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