By Josh Hughes
“Wonder Woman” is the latest installment in the DC Extended Universe, which is a movie universe based on characters from DC comics. “Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot as Diana, an Amazon on the island of Themyscira who seeks to be a warrior for her people. Themyscira is an island only inhabited by females, so it is somewhat unsettled when a mysterious plane crashes onto the island piloted by World War I soldier Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine.
The film serves as a fish out of water story for both Diana and Steve Trevor. Diana sets off into the real world to fight evil and encounters things not found on her island. She also encounters the realities of war and corruption. On the other hand, Trevor is experiencing an entire island of superhuman and sometimes god-like women who believe that Greek mythology is the driving force of the war.
What really works for this film is the chemistry between Gadot and Pine’s characters. Their relationship throughout the film seems organic and innocent as they discover new things together. Also, the character’s emotions feel real to the viewer with each line of dialogue. Finally, the action is great, with the combination of slow moving and real time action sequences.
What didn’t work in the film is the villains. The villains seem very cheesy and don’t have great motivations as to why they act the way they do. The only exception is the villain in the third act of the film, but I won’t say more due to spoilers.
Overall, Wonder Woman is, at last, the film that sends the DCEU in the right direction of making great storytelling for some of the most well-known superheroes. It also gives Marvel Studios some competition for box office dominance in the future. Wonder Woman isn’t just a required movie in the DCEU; it is also a great film in itself.
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