Movie Reviews

A Heroine’s Journey: Thoughts on Wonder Woman

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures (Via Wikipedia)

Wonder Woman (2017)

Directed By Patty Jenkins

So I was really late to the party, but I finally got the chance to watch Wonder Woman a few weeks ago and like what everyone else is saying, it’s good.

Wonder Woman is mostly a background story of Diana, the Daughter of Queen Hippolyta. She rescues an American pilot, Steve Trevor and helps him on his mission to deliver a secret weaponry notebook to the Supreme War Council. Diana agrees to help him because she believes that the war was started by Ares and it is her destiny to stop him.

I think a lot of what makes this movie great has already been said by critics and other movie bloggers and reviewers, so I don’t think I have much to contribute to that conversation. And so, my thoughts on this film would be short and sweet (and will probably not contribute to the greater knowledge of film).

Gal Gadot is the perfect actress to play the role of Wonder Woman. She did a splendid job and you can tell that her experience in driving cars and kicking ass in The Fast and the Furious franchise paid off.

As for Chris Pine, I wasn’t too thrilled that he played Diana’s love interest, Steve Trevor. I mean, he’s the Star Trek guy, but there isn’t much of a “wow factor” to me when it comes to his acting skills. However, I do think it was a good idea that they didn’t pick such a big name actor for this part because he might overshadow Gal Gadot’s role as Wonder Woman, but then again, I’m sure she could outshine any man in this role.

I actually didn’t believe there was an “Ares” figure in this movie. I thought “Ares” was just a metaphor for the war but it turns out there really was an Ares. This issue actually bothered me throughout the movie because I was somewhat confused. While watching, I was questioning how the two worlds: the human world and its issues and Ares vs. Wonder Woman will intertwine. For me, it felt like two separate storylines that will not combine together. In fact, Steve Trevor kind of convinced me that Ares isn’t real as he doesn’t believe in magical worlds and gods but rather believes in science and political power. Yet in the end, we get this big twist where Ares is residing in the human realm supervising the war in hopes that the humans destroy one another. Ares also hopes that Diana would side with him and see that these humans are not worthy to care for, but Diana thinks otherwise.

Throughout the movie, Diana struggles with what she thinks is “right.” She wants to help everyone in need, but at the same time, she learns from Steve Trevor that you really cannot save everyone—some sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

And that’s all the rambles I have for this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest that you should because a good majority of the world has and it’s one of the better DC films to date.


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