Date watched: Saturday 3rd June 2017
Year of release: 2017
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”
It’s hard to miss this movie with all the hype surrounding it at the moment. Marketing does seem to have gone crazy for it: our first superhero movie with a female lead. And it’s directed by a female too which just makes it that little bit more awesome.
The first thing I said upon exiting the cinema was along the lines of, “How great is it that DC have finally made a decent superhero movie and it’s the first female led one?” I still stand by that. I have openly not been a fan of the DC movies thus far. The only good ones were the Dark Knight Trilogy and, let’s be honest, they aren’t being incorporated into DC’s cinematic universe so they are apart from all of this.
The script was hot; perfect balance of action interspersed with comedy. It wasn’t an over the top superhero movie but at the same time it didn’t feel understated.
My husband commented there were a few moments where stereotypical male-female roles were reversed and that he felt that with today’s awareness of female representation it was good to see. I have to say I agree with him.
Gal Gadot was wonderful in the lead role as Diana, always commanding the centre of attention but without even trying. At no point was she overshadowed by the high male presence and neither should she be: this is a movie about Wonder Woman after all.
I also particularly enjoyed the score. It was powerful and added an extra layer to the movie really getting you on Diana’s side; especially when her theme music played.
As wonderful as this movie is, I can’t forget about the fact that my hero Joss Whedon was originally slated to write and direct this movie. I can’t help but wonder how different this movie ended up being from his take on our heroine. I guess we’ll never know.
As I said at the start of this review, DC have finally released a movie I enjoyed. And honestly, it does feel wonderful to be able to say that DC’s first good movie was female led and female directed.
My rating: 8/10