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Wonder Woman Review: Amazingly Balanced – Best Superhero Origin Movie Ever

Determined to kill Ares and end the greatest war of all times, Diana leaves her home and accompanies a British spy to become Wonder Woman.


Wonder Woman begins with a young, 8-year old Diana trying to learn the ways of the Amazonians. She becomes a skilled fighter and eventually realizes her potential as someone more powerful than a mortal. She rescues Steve Trevor, a pilot whose plane crashes in the ocean and who is chased by soldiers with guns which ultimately leads to the death of Antiope in the fight. Steve Trevor tells the Amazonians of the world war, a war that shall end all of civilization. Determined that it must be Ares spreading war and hate in the heart of humans, Diana accompanies Steve Trevor to the front in order to kill Ares and end the war.


Wonder Woman is the first female-dominated superhero movie in a long time and Petty Jenkins is the first woman director to have directed such a movie. It is the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016). Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Biel, Eva Green, Olga Kurylenko, Angelina Jolie and many more were considered for the role of Wonder Woman before Gal Gadot. Producer Zack Snyder has a cameo in the movie in the role of a soldier. The movie was banned in Lebanon as Gal Gadot is a Israeli and has served in the military and the fact that Lebanon is officially at war with Israel.

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The whole idea of letting a woman direct this superhero movie is the best move that the DC Studios could have done. The accountability with which everything has been portrayed on screen – from the dresses to the fighting sequences to the character development, they are so finely balanced that this might be the beacon of hope that the DC Extended Universe could hold out, making it at par with the Marvel Universe and something the DC Studios could learn from for their future installments.

Wonder Woman has a well-written plot that never strays off the course. It never delves too much into the initial introduction of Diana as the Wonder Woman or her transformation or her love interest with Steve Trevor. The subtle alignment of romance between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine has been handled with such finesse that it speaks volumes in its own void. The plot, at the same time balances the superhero element with its ingredients of humor, discovery and ideologies. Even though Wonder Woman is raised to the pedestal of a God, her love for mankind keeps her humane enough.

Gal Gadot has done a superb job in becoming the ultimate superhero and her transformation from small roles in Fast and Furious movies to that of Wonder Woman tells a lot about the scale of hardwork that she must have put in to prepare herself for the role and it sure, pays well. Chris Pine is at his best, relaying his charms like in the Star Trek movies. His character has been skilfully placed beside that of Gal Gadot, so that it keeps Wonder Woman as the centre piece and yet manages to bring in his importance. Beyond everything else, the movie has heart. The wonderment at seeing a man, the love for seeing a child, the taste of ice-cream – every expression has been screened with such purity that the movie just works.

But, even though the movie is as perfect as it could be, few things that could have worked better for a nerdy comic-book fan such as the proper introduction of side characters like Sameer, Charlie and The Chief. Sameer is actually a Blackhawk secret agent, a secret commando service that operated in World War-II. At the same time, the late introduction of Ares in the war really makes one desperate to see the one-on-one action and we wish the climax were a little more grander.


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