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Wonder Woman Review

       Wonder Woman is not the typical superhero movie and it’s certainly not the thrilling first world war blockbuster. It is a perfect combination of them both. It fits greatly with the rest of the DCEU movies sans Suicide Squad. It’s not the modern and visually stunning Man of Steel, and Diana isn’t the mature version of herself in Batman v Superman. It is conceivably the DCEU’s funniest movie, and the type of humour used wasn’t cheesy and tacky like we’re used to in most Marvel movies. The humour didn’t overlap the serious moments and the jokes were told in perfect timing. The plot was as flawless as you can get in superhero movie, and the cast was in a seamless harmony together. Wonder Woman is a perfect example of a contemporary and exceptional superhero movie.

         The movie starts with Diana explaining her story, and how she crossed over from paradise to the world that we live in. The disparity is immediate, gone the mature women and in her place, there was merely a child who wanted to fight and be a hero. She mutinied her f extraordinary powers even for Amazonians during her training with Antiope played masterfully by Robin Wright, who lost her life when Steve Trevor landed unexpectedly. It was her compassion that drove Diana to escape with Steve to save millions, even if it cost her paradise.

         Throughout the movie we’re introduced to Sameer, Charlie and the Chief who became Steve’s and Diana’s partners. There’s something beautiful about seeing four men following a woman’s footsteps in a time where a woman entering a room will cause an uproar as shown earlier in the movie where we were introduced to what attempted to be a mysterious and undetected villain Ares. Perhaps the problem with Ares was that he was played by David Thewlis, he is exactly the type of actor that you would expect something more from him in a movie, and frankly for General Ludendorff to be Ares is just too obvious. However, Wonder Woman did not lose it shock value, that was saved to Steve Trevor’s sacrifice that reminded me of the death of Superman in Batman v Superman, and suddenly that pitying look Diana gave Lois Lane made so much sense now.

        Wonder Woman is unique even for a DC movie, the fight scenes weren’t like anything we’ve seen so far in any superhero movie. It was brutal without being grimy and bloody, the choreography wasn’t as impressive as the warehouse scene in Batman v Superman but it was Wonder Woman’s own inimitable style and her soon to be iconic leg swoop move. There’s a lot of scenes that reminded me of Superman, like the glasses scene and revolving door the follows. Perhaps the most obvious is Diana reflecting a bullet off Steve in the alley, but what really showed was Diana’s first appearance in her costume in the no man’s land scene, it reminded too much of Superman in Man of Steel. While the Man of Steel scene focused on Clark discovering his powers and what he could do with them in a beautiful setting and cinematography, Wonder Woman already had the part figured out, and what followed was one of if not the best fight sequence in a superhero movie, and what makes it so exceptional is that it wasn’t driven by hate or by revenge or even self-righteous heroism, no it was driven by Diana’s empathy and her inability to sacrifice the little to save more.
           What I really loved about Patty Jenkin’s directing is how she respects her audience and force them to reach their own conclusions in some scenes. She empowers women without the need of belittling men, a feat a lot of movies should follow, it is precisely the reason that not just women are loving this movie, men are too. It represents the real world as it should be, equal. The very different settings from modern world to paradise then to London and finally in the heart of the war with Diana growing up from a naïve child to a warrior was done very efficiently, in a way that I thought would be messy but it shattered all odds.
       Solo female superhero movies didn’t have the opportunity to succeed in Hollywood because they didn’t have the opportunity to fail. There’s countless superhero movies that failed but studios wouldn’t stop making them, and from these failures they learned their mistakes. I was worried that Cat Woman and Electra won’t be enough examples but I was pleasantly wrong. Wonder Woman is a great movie that doesn’t shy away from the female emotions to portrait her as the badass she is. A lot of movies think that an unemotional, impassive female character that kicks ass and has cool fighting scenes is a strong one, but this movie gets it right. Woman are strong, and perhaps the strongest thing about Diana is her compassion and kindness that inspire men and women alike to battle.