Wonder Woman

The DCEU has had a roller coaster expedition since Man Of Steel’s birth in the cinematic cosmos; being drowned in radically mixed responses on one side, and vehemently being compared to it’s Marvel counterparts, on the other. Wonder Woman in so many ways sought out to be a beacon of change not only for the DC universe but also for the entire superhero genre itself, by being the first female superhero to feature a standalone film (There may be some debatable exceptions like Halle Berry’s Catwoman).

Patty Jenkins has managed to pull off something very pleasing. The previous recent DC ventures have had such conflicting quality which probably works in the favour of this movie. Simply because you likely don’t have too many high expectations to weigh you on. But irrespective of what you’re looking forward to, Wonder Woman is a superhero movie done right. The story is simple. The intent is very clear. The journey is very enjoyable.

Jenkins has managed to coherently merge mythological essence with that of a superhero origin set in an era of historic substance. The action is visually entertaining and the screenplay complements it with sufficient humour and romance. Like any superhero movie though, its success singularly relies on the superhero itself.

Gal Gadot is a fantastic Wonder Woman. If you by any chance were unimpressed by her role that BvS teased, this movie will wipe out your casting doubts clean. Gadot for me was everything that made this movie worth what it was. I was worried that her reprisal would be uncomfortable to catch on to, owing to how we’ve grown to love Lynda Carter’s version as well as the animated versions (90s kids’ perks). But Gadot brings in a more humanising characteristic to Diana Prince in that her naivety isn’t to be mistaken as ignorance. Diana barely possesses a trace of vulnerability, and even if she did it’s masqueraded by her penchant for hope and love. (Positivity in DC! Yay!)

The screenplay’s simplicity and objective storyline helps us enjoy the movie for the way it is. Rupert Gregson-Williams scores Jenkins’ vision of some spectacular action sequences. My only problem with this movie was the visual chromatic that DC seems to obsess with. I’m fine with dark tonality of characters or stories. Christopher Nolan’s trilogy has set that trend for the better or worse. But while the characters or story may reek of gloom, I don’t get why the cinematography has to depend on a colour scheme that throws the movie experience to an unnecessarily farther direction.

The supporting cast does alright, but it doesn’t matter because Gal Gadot steals the show. This movie very predictably screams feminism in its shrillest voice possible. Very effectively as well. I love how Diana is conveniently written into an era of archaic misogyny wherein the simplicity of equality is ridiculed with no reason. Chris Pine plays the role of the damsel in distress to bring in the perspective of that feminine heroism. That’s right. Another Chris plays another Steve in another World War in another Superhero movie.

Now this movie is definitely the best that the DCEU has offered so far, but that being said it’s still far from the likes of The Dark Knight. Nonetheless this invariably gets me all the more pumped for Justice League ( Didn’t even know I could get anymore pumped).

PS I found it rather interesting that the term ‘Wonder Woman’ wasn’t used by anyone throughout the entire movie. (Unless I have missed something.)

-Anuj Raghuram





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