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Gal Gadot – Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Chris Pine – Steve Trevor
Connie Nielsen – Hippolyta
Robin Wright – Antiope
Danny Huston – General Erich Ludendorff
David Thewlis – Ares
Elena Anaya – Isabel Maru / Doctor Poison
Another Marvel story hits the big screen with a very feminine lead this time round. Gadot takes to the screen in all her beautiful glory as Wonder Woman.
But was it a wonderful movie?..
To be completely honest, this production was very forgettable. It had its perks and lows, but overall Wonder Woman was just another shiny sci-fi. End of.
Fast action and a bit of violence, a dash of adventure, a hero and the hero’s pet, two worlds smashing into each other as the titular character breezes her way through World War One.. it’s certainly a Marvel flick that’s for sure. Thing is, I exited the cinema as unaffected by the movie as before I entered. If I could sum my reaction up in a singular Emoji:
Gadot appears, gives a good enough (not overly amazing) performance as the high-powered female, and then the story ends. It’s every Marvel fan’s dream, every not bothered‘s standard time-filler.
I will say though, the scene whereby Wonder Woman ‘wrists’ her way through No Man’s Land in World War One is quite special. When Steve (Pine) leads her back to his world, Diana decides to take on the opposite enemy by herself. This unfolds into a bizarre but highly effective scene with Gadot swinging her arms and repelling each bullet fired – with het wrists. The slow motion sequence becomes almost like a dance routine with vibrant flashes of gold and stern facial expressions contributing to the swish atmosphere. And the way Gadot plays it radiates an air of such compassion that it’s slightly emotional, it really is the stuff of honour. Good work here.
I honestly don’t think Marvel followers will be disappointed with this one. It blends adventure with aggression to produce a sci-fi which differs nicely from the standard, overrated childish bollocks we’ve had recently (a-hem, Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol. 2). But as mentioned above, I was as untouched by this movie as Tom Daley is his husband (ooooh).
In all seriousness, I exited the cinema late Friday night not feeling as though I could sit through Wonder Woman again – but not feeling as though I couldn’t. It just.. happened.
Chris Pine is looking lovely throughout, and carries off the wartime pilot perfectly – no complaints from me there.
Great costumes, convincing special effects, entertaining enough.
But overall Wonder Woman remains a forgettable piece of cinema, I have seen a lot better.