Thursday, 8 June 2017

Wonder Woman (2017) Review












Wonder Woman


Release Date: 1st June 2017 - Australia

 
Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Atlas Entertainment
DC Entertainment
Rat-Pac-Dune Entertainment (in association with)
Cruel & Unusual Films 
Tencent Pictures
Wanda Pictures

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 141 minutes


Budget: $149,000,000

Box Office Gross: $254,350,709 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross) 


Plot Summary
Diana, princess of the Amazons, has been trained to be an unconquerable warrior on her closely guarded Amazon homeland of Paradise Island. When an American plane crashes on the shores of the island and the pilot reveals there's a massive conflict taking place, Diana decides she has to step in to help.

She travels to the outside world to help stop the war to end all wars, in the process becoming the superheroine Wonder Woman.


Cast
Gal Gadot - Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Chris Pine - Steve Trevor
Robin Wright - Antiope
Connie Nielsen - Hippolyta 
David Thewlis - Sir Patrick
Danny Huston - Ludendorff 
Lucy Davis - Etta
Ewen Bremmer - Charlie
Eugene Brave Rock - The Chief
Elena Anaya - Dr. Maru
Lilly Aspell - Young Diana (8 Years Old)
Lisa Loven Kongsli - Menalippe
Ann Wolfe - Artemis
Ann Ogbomo - Phillippus
Emily Carey - Diana (12 Years Old)
James Cosmo - Field Marshall Haig
Martin Bishop - Kaiser Wilhelm II

Crew
Director - Patty Jenkins
Creator: Wonder Woman - William Moulton Marston
Story/Producer - Zack Snyder
Story/Screenplay - Allan Heinberg
Story - Jason Fuchs
Executive Producers - Jon Berg, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, Stephen Jones and Rebecca Steel Roven
Producers - Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - Tommy Gormley
Co-Producer - Curt Kanemoto
Production Designer - Aline Bonetto
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Matthew Jensen
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro
Stunt Coordinators - Tim Rigby and Marcus Shakesheff
Special Effects Supervisor - Mark Holt
Visual Effects Supervisors - Viktor Muller, Bill Westenhofer and Loeng Wong-Savun
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Keith Miller
Animation Supervisor - Ben Wiggs
Film Editor - Martin Walsh
Music - Rupert Gregson-Williams
Composers: Additional Music - David Buckley, Tom Howe, Andrew Kawczynski and Paul Mounsey


Review
When WONDER WOMAN came out recently in cinemas, I was relieved that all of the rumors about the movie not exceeding its huge expectations were put to rest. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has finally attained its mojo when it all started with SUICIDE SQUAD (click here). This wasn't the first time that I've seen WONDER WOMAN in a standalone film as I saw the 2009 direct-to-video animated version on pay-TV. It is a wonderful privilege that this female character has her own cinematic spotlight; especially when the other female-led superhero movies that came before such as SUPERGIRL, CATWOMAN and ELEKTRA couldn't dominate the box office charts. Especially when competing against other films of the genre that were male-centered. Unlike the few previous entries from DCEU which were bad to average at best, this one does not by all means disappoint DC fanatics. 

However, the action sequencing was timed perfectly and it flowed well with the editing and detailed storyline. I have no problems about the movie whatsoever, Zack Snyder's involvement was limited as he helped to co-envision the plot and was also acting producer. WONDER WOMAN has rightfully earned its place as an uplifting, intense but pro-feminist focused film which portrays women as resourceful, skillful and strong. Where traditionally in superhero films you often see females as damsels in distress or supporting heroes (not lead actor status) and this can be a very anti-feminist perspective.
Continuing the mantle of Wonder Woman is Gal Gadot who continues her wondrous performance of the superheroine who is now transformed into a god-like figure similar to Superman. Co-starring with the lead actress is Chris Pine who magnificently portrays Steve Trevor, her soon-to-be ill-fated love interest. They both provide a sensational chemistry in professing their on-screen love and successfully convinced the audience of their unbreakable romance.

I truly can't think of anything bad to say about this movie, I think this certainly a worthy addition to be termed as one of the all-time greats to be added to the archive of DC movies. I would be very surprised if this film does not get followed up with a sequel and I can only hope that it leaves as big an impression as this wonderful movie did on me.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

2 comments:

  1. I have not seen the movie but your review makes me want to watch it! Thanks Tim.

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    1. I'm glad you have read the description. Now don't miss out on seeing it!

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