Wonder Woman (2017): So Long Lynda Carter, Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman

So here’s the movie official site.

Made to fill the gap that has beein left empty by the previous DC Extended Universe release, Wonder Woman is an estrogenic movie that looks like a muscular Sailormoon trying to end World War II. With Gal Gadot’s background as an Israeli ex-military, no wonder she got the look of the most iconic female superhero. I have no expectation seeing this movie, nor have read any of the comic books. However, I end up leaving the cinema with smile.

Tells the story of Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of Themyschira, daughter of Hippolyta Queen of The Amazon (Connie Nielsen), and note this, until the end of the movie, no one have ever addressed her as Wonder Woman. Well-trained since her younger day by her aunt General Antiope (Robin Wright), Diana fulfills her fate to be the bravest Amazon warrior when she meets Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), US pilot and decides to follow him to leave Themyschira to kill Amazon’s archenemy Ares, the God of War.

Trevor then brings Diana to London, where he hands over the notebook of Dr. Isabel Maru (Elena Anaya), German chemist under General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston). In London too, Diana shows off her brilliance in front of British Officials and steals the attention of Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis, our beloved Remus Lupin of Harry Potter franchise). Though being doubted by his superiors, Trevor realizes his promise to bring Diana to the warzone, alongside Middle Eastern agent, Scottish sniper, and Native American smuggler, who contributes little to none to the main story, more to just fulfill the “color” of another Hollywood movie. At the warzone where she believes she can find Ares to end this war, she finally shows her superhero moments on this man’s, man’s, man’s movie. Her shattered glass, blown up tanks, destroyed tower and her long-lasting make up seem like a show that this woman is again, a muscular Sailormoon who is going to make a statement.

For those who have read the comic books, they maybe are going to prefer the comic. However, after the disappointing Man of Steel (2013) and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice  (2016), this movie is satisfying enough. Playing the most iconic female superhero of all time, Gal Gadot looks tough, determined yet beautiful. I have never seen the satisfying Wonder Woman portrayal beside Lynda Carter, and yet Gadot’s performance is still stealing my attention. My most disappointment is maybe Chris Pine’s portrayal of her love interest Steve Trevor. As this world is a man’s, man’s, man’s world like James Brown sang, Trevor somehow always tries to shows his superiority over Diana by telling her what to do or what not to do, despite he knows that she is more capable, stronger and out of his worldly traits. The villain, Ares (I’m not gonna tell you who played it since it will spoil the entire movie twist), is nothing but an annoying man trying his best to be bad but he failed after all. As the God of War, and with his reputation told at the very first part of the movie, Ares should be a very good strategist, arrogant, cunning, despicable and formidable warrior. In this movie, yes, Ares is the main plot twist, but he’s lack of wittiness and reasoning, so the main villain is not working for me.

So, after all, I think this movie deserves a 8.2/10. A 0.2 extra is for Miss Gadot’s long-lasting make up style since World War II era until now. Haha.


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