Gilberto Says WONDER WOMAN Is One Of The Best and Most Important Films Of All Time.

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FILM REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN

BY GILBERT CAMPA

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With the continued success of comic book movies that fans all over the world (myself included) have been enjoying during the last 17 years, we have seen many different interpretations of new characters, old characters, and more realistic takes on these comic book characters. But one character that at this point has been around for 76 years and has been explored in animation (Super FriendsBruce Timm’s Justice LeagueYoung Justice) and famously portrayed on television by Lynda Carter in the 1970’s, has never had a live action feature length film adaptation before until now.

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Regardless of your opinion on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (I enjoyed the film) one thing that you can’t deny is the historic appearance that Gal Gadot made as Diana Prince in the film that was important in many more ways than just a glorified cameo. But another thing that I and other people have admitted is the fact that since the establishment of the DCEU back in 2013 with Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has had trouble with delivering a solid film that general audiences can enjoy and instead has been trying to catch up to the massive success that Marvel Studios has had and because of that it has hurt the quality of the individual films among other problems (directors dropping out, script re-writes, recasting, etc).

So,going into Wonder Woman I was excited but also a little hesitant because with Justice League coming up in November it was crucial that Wonder Woman delivered for Warner Bros. And I can sit here and safely say that 76 years was too long of a wait for the first female centric superhero film. Wonder Woman is not only one of the best films of 2017 but one of the best films of all time. Patty Jenkins who is known for her previous work with Monster, has delivered a movie that will live on for many years to come, and for different reasons. Something that I don’t really think about (as a male) as I watched this movie was after seeing so many action sequences before in other films with mostly male protagonist, having a female protagonist be the center piece of those similar sequences in this movie will be such an inspiration for women young and old everywhere. Some fans have been waiting there entire lives to see what this film shows on screen that it made me appreciate it a lot more looking back.

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Now when it comes to the main aspects of the movie after watching it, I really appreciate the work that was done in this movie. The screenplay which in a lot films is the part that makes or breaks a movie was well written by Allan Heinberg who has some experience with the genre and with the character of Wonder Woman specifically. He wrote WW in the comics back in 2006 for DC comics and also served as executive producer to the canceled Wonder Woman pilot back in 2012, and it shows because throughout the movie he wrote Diana in a way that showed her strength but also her vulnerability and fear that helped served her character well.

The cinematography was also important because it showed two different worlds that exist in the same universe, which was a big task to especially with the time period that this movie takes place in. Matthew Jensen showed just how beautiful Themyscira is especially during the daytime (the water was so beautiful). And on the other side of the barrier (you will understand once you see the movie) you see how dark, gloomy and harsh WW1 Europe is which goes well with a lot of the themes in the movie. One thing that I loved after seeing the movie was the fact that unlike BVS and Suicide Squad, Patty Jenkins confirmed that this cut of the movie IS the movie, and I’m glad that everything was left in the film because it helped create an overall story that had good dialogue, natural humor, great action sequences, and breathtaking visuals that will leave you wanting more.

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The pacing and action sequences were done really well primarily when it came to Diana and her weapons. The battle sequences where you see the legendary Lasso of truth come out and come into action were beautifully done, and they did a good job in showing just how powerful Wonder Woman is (and spoiler alert, she is really powerful). And the way that they story flowed was done in a very traditional way that didn’t make the movie feel long or unnecessary. You were going through the journey with these characters while being in the middle of all the action sequences that were edited really well. When it came to the performances the biggest question going into the film was if Gal Gadot could carry the movie and deliver a good performance that people will enjoy. And I believe that she did, having read Wonder Woman in different era’s she was able to portray Diana well so you could understand (in certain aspects) what she was going through. And along with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine as Captain. Steve Trevor stole the movie for me as the love interest that was so much more than a love interest as he helped Diana understand the world that we live in.

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Pine brought his A game to this film (and his beautiful blue eyes) and gave a very honest and sincere performance that he crafted on his own since the character of Steve Trevor has never been portrayed in live action before. He was naturally funny and so damn charismatic and charming and was a great addition to this movie. And not being the only Amazon in the movie, Robin Wright (aka Claire Underwood) brought the same intensity as Diana’s aunt General Antiope who was the first person to witness the potential in Diana from a young age and pushed her to where Diana needed to go, even if Hippolyta didn’t want that to happen. Connie Nielsen gave a great performance as Queen Hippolyta and showed not only her grace but the strength that she possessed as leader and Queen of the Amazons. In terms of the antagonist of the film, that could possibly be the one criticism that people could have, but I believe that the villains were necessary for the story and ultimately helped the characters overcome the challenges that they were experiencing.

The last thing that I want to mention before I end this review is during this film there were one or two scenes that literally sent chills down my spine and left me in awe of what I was seeing, and a big part of that goes to the composer of the movie, Rupert Gregson-Williams. The score for this film is one of the best scores that I’ve ever heard, and I am big fan of movie scores and have heard enough over the last ten years to really have an opinion on that. From the beginning of the movie all the way until the end, Rupert Williams crated an experience that made me feel so many different emotions as I was watching this film. Especially during a sequence towards the middle of the film that will go down as one of the greatest scenes in the history of film, let alone CBM. And speaking of emotion’s that is one of the lessons of this film that Diana has to experience and uses that lesson to lead her to where she is in the present day. Her journey from being on Themyscria and growing up as a warrior and then experiencing mankind for the first time at one of the worst times in human history during World War One is a really jarring lesson that solidifies this film for me. And because of that, I am can sit here today and say that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are finally on the right track, and as a DC fanatic it is a very great thing to see. We finally got one !

One of the most important films of all time.

 

FINAL WORD:  StarStarStarStarStar