Movie: Wonder Woman
Rating 4 Stars (Out of 5)
Rating: Long, long ago, there was a dust-up among the gods, and Ares killed off the other gods. But before he kicked the bucket, Zeus set up the isolated island kingdom of Themyscira as the home of the Amazons. It is protected by mysterious barriers that make it difficult for outsiders to penetrate, so the Amazons, ruled by Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), live an idyllic life in isolation and without the annoying presence of any men in their world. The Queen’s daughter, Princess Diana, decides at an early age that she wants to become a great warrior, and in time becomes the most skilled warrior on the island.
Then one day the sound of an engine in the sky startles the Amazons, and for the first time their kingdom is penetrated by a WW I fighter plane that crashes off the coast. Diana pulls the injured pilot, Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from the craft and saves him from a watery grave. Unfortunately, Captain Trevor is hotly pursued by a German vessel that finds their way to the Amazon homeland, and Princess Diana learns of the War To End All Wars being waged in 1918 Europe.
Diana, with Captain Trevor, is off to Belgium to stop the trench warfare being fought by the Germans and the Allied armies. The war seems about over, but Germany is trying for a last gasp victory by developing a super lethal biological weapon from Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya), aka Doctor Poison. With support from Germany’s General Ludendorff (Danny Huston), the war is about to take a very nasty and toxic turn. Unless of course, Diana and Steve, along with a motley support crew of Sameer the spy, Charlie the marksman, and an American Indian chief, can somehow intervene and save the day.
This is a great action movie, and very well done. Recent DC comic movies have not done as well as the Marvel films, but Wonder Woman is a home run. Gal Gadot is marvelous, as beautiful as she is talented in an action role. She has the goods to carry the film, and Chris Pine is all the ladies could ask for in a leading man. The movie does not make the mistake of burdening the audience with endless action sequences to show off their CGI special effects, although the end of the movie indulged itself a tad much in that regard. All in all, terrific fun. Can’t wait for the next installment of Wonder Woman!
Mini Trailers: Diana meets Capt. Trevor – “Wow, you’re a man!” “Yeah, do I look like one?” “Who are you?” “I’m one of the good guys. Here come the bad guys!”
Diana – “You are a typical example of your sex?” Steve – “I am…above average.”
Diana to Queen – “If no one else will defend the world from Ares, I will. I must go.”
Steve – “Welcome to jolly old England.” Diana – “It’s hideous!”
Diana to British High Command – “Where I come from, generals don’t hide in their offices like cowards.”
Sameer seeing Diana in action – “I’m both frightened and aroused.”
Steve showing Diana the trenches – “No Man’s Land. This battalion has been here a year and they’ve barely gained an inch.”
Steve to Diana – “It has to be me. I can save today. You can save the world. I love you.”
Gal Gadot: The last two years Alicia Vikander was wanted for every film. Now Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress, is the new “It Girl” in Hollywood, and is in great demand for new projects. If you haven’t seen her she has been in 4 of the Fast and Furious flicks, and last year killed in her Keeping Up With The Joneses role.
About Time: Wonder Woman has been around in the comics since 1941. About time she made it onto the big screen as the leading lady. You go, girl!