WONDER WOMAN 2017
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Story by: Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs
It is always hard for someone who is not into the whole superhero/sci-fi genre to understand and relate to such movies. Some people find these movies too unrealistic and hence, boring. But the Wonder Woman 2017 deserves credit for keeping one such person, i.e. me, engrossed in the story all though the 2 hours and 21 minutes of its running time. Judging by the box office records, though, I am not the only person who liked it. According to Forbes, Wonder Woman 2017 has made more than $570 million since its release on 2nd June. These figures have made the movie’s director Patty Jenkins the fourth ever female director to pass the $500 million mark.
But the box-office earnings are not the only place where a strong female figure has shaken things up. The lead actress, Gal Gadot, is said to have earned ‘at least as much’ as Henry Cavill did in Man of Steel (psst… Superman got $14 million). It seems like Hollywood is finally decreasing the gender-gap in the pay scale.
The movie’s plot revolves around Diana, the Princess of the Amazons. For those unfamiliar with the Greek mythology, the Amazons were a mythical group of fierce female warriors. In the movie, Diana lives on the island of Themyscira. Here, her mother Hippolyta is the Queen and her aunt Antiope is the General. Like all Amazons, Diana is trained in the art of fighting and longs to test her strength in battle. But her mother always discourages her from participating in wars. Their idyllic island is sent into chaos when Intelligence Officer Steve Trevor’s (played by Chris Pine) plane crashes into the surrounding sea and Diana saves him from drowning.
The rest of the movie involves around how modern warfare wreaks havoc in the Amazons’ lives. Also, it shows how Diana is moved by Steve Trevor’s stories of the horrors of war. She leaves her home with Steve to put an end to the war. She plans to do this by killing Ares, the God of War, whom she holds responsible for all the violence and killing. However, upon reaching modern London, she discovers that things are not as straightforward as she thought they would be.
At its core, the movie is the transition tale of how a naïve princess transforms into a wise warrior. That evolution comes with its set of sacrifices and lessons. The screenplay is a well-balanced mix of action, emotion and some light-hearted moments. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine share an easy-going chemistry, (which is sort of unrealistic if one considers how Steve Trevor is literally the first man that Diana has ever seen, let alone interacted with). At some points, the romance between them feels too quick and forced. The same is with the scenes where Diana/Wonder Woman dives into battle without a second thought…but then maybe that’s what superheroes are supposed to do! The 3D and special effects are entertaining but not extraordinary. The acting is engaging and believable. Also, the story remains true to the Wonder Woman origin that DC Comics and Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston envisioned.
For the layperson, Wonder Woman 2017 is a fun summer blockbuster that you can watch when you want to relax and unwind. It would be better, though, if you read up a little on the original story arc before watching the movie. Doing so will enable you to understand and appreciate the nuances of the characters better. For the acting, direction and the sheer bravery of being a movie with a female superhero protagonist, Wonder Woman 2017 deserves at least one viewing.