Wonder Woman shows us how Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Growing up on a secret and isolated island paradise that's inhabited only by women, Diana meets a man for the first time in her life when she rescues an American pilot who was washed ashore.
He tells her about the world war that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her true powers.
Wonder Woman is an origin story in the most literal sense. In the wake of Batman vs Superman’s largely negative reviews, hope was placed on Suicide Squad to be the first film of the new DC Extended Universe to be well received among critics and fans, only to be another poorly reviewed let down.
So it was up to Wonder Woman to compete with Marvel's extremely successful superhero movies, and on top of that, to bear the pressure of being the first female-led comic book film to hit theaters in over a decade, and the first superhero movie with a $100+ million budget to be directed by a woman.
Fortunately, Patty Jenkins did a wonderful job directing this movie. It starts out somewhat silly, with scenes reminiscent of the Italian Hercules movies of the 1970s, but the film manages to capture the hearts and minds of its audience.
The action never gets repetitive as each major scene incorporates different elements or settings to offer something new. One of the best battles features the Amazons taking on a group of human soldiers wielding WWI weaponry.
Beyond the action, it’s Diana’s personal journey throughout Wonder Woman that forms the core of the film. Gal Gadot brings the many sides of Diana to life beautifully, and her fish-out-of-water humor is very entertaining.
All in all, Wonder Woman is a gripping comic book adaption that gives the most famous female superhero of all time a live-action entry worthy of the character’s legacy.
Score: 9 out of 10