'Wonder Woman': Relatable and
convincing (Review By Troy Ribeiro, Rating:
Accepting a new superhero has always been a challenge, but nevertheless
one has been waiting for Wonder Woman ever since her first appearance
in last year's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice".
In a time when superheroes in their cinematic universe are packed in
dim, edgy and action-packed turmoil, "Wonder Woman" -- with her totally
emotionally charged avatar -- is a pleasant surprise.
The tale provided by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs is an
origin story and the first live-action film of Princess Diana, the
Wonder Woman based on the character from DC Comics which was created by
William Moulton Marshton. While it is a tale of discovery, love and
honour it is pumped with full of exhilarating action and earnest laughs.
Narrated in an old-fashioned manner, the plot captures Diana's
progress, as she gets trained to her utmost strength by her aunt, the
great warrior Antiope, essayed by the ever-agile Robin Wright, from a
precocious eight-year-old played by Lilly Aspell to a teen portrayed by
Emily Carey to the young woman showcased by Gal Gadot, in the
female-dominated island of Themyscira.
But it is when a plane crashes into the ocean, off the shores of
Themyscira and Diana rescues the pilot Steve Trevor enacted by Chris
Pine that the narrative gathers momentum and goes full throttle into
the superhero mode.
The period is during World War I. Steve Trevor, the decoy pilot of the
Allied Intelligence, infiltrates a weapons production facility in the
Ottoman Empire where the German general Ludendorff, played by Danny
Huston, is collaborating with a humanity-hating chemist, renowned as
Doctor Poison essayed by Elena Anaya. Steve steals Doctor Poison's
formulas and is on the run when his plane crashes.
Convinced that the war is instigated by Ares -- the God of War, Diana
persuades her mother the Queen of Themyscira to let her leave and
accompany Steve to end the war.
While the story moves smoothly with no references that connect the DC
Comics' extended universe, the first half of the film is interesting
and races through. The second half with all the tropes of a superhero
film which include the action-packed CGI spectacle gets a bit tedious,
but nevertheless engaging.
The film comes alive through Gadot's performance. She is inherently
natural, humane and relatable. Her costumes too are in sync with her
character. She brings a wealth of charisma and optimism to her
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, plays second fiddle to Gadot and he adds a
good dose of the humour quotient along with Lucy Davis who makes a good
impression as his saucy secretary Etta Candy.
None of the villains are noteworthy.
Like any other DC film, this film too is aesthetically and
magnificently mounted. Matthew Jensen's Cinematography and Rupert
Gregson-Williams score add the obvious emotional boosters that enrich
the viewing experience.