Finally! After several postponed release dates and no less than about two weeks after all those damned lucky influencers got to see it (even though the majority of them doesn't even write about films, go figure), we finally sat our butts down in a cool (thank heavens, this heatwave is really throwing me off my groove) cinema theatre. Ready - as we'd been for a couple of weeks - for DC's shot at redemption for what they've given us the last couple of years. And guess what? They knocked it out of the park.
I have gone from pretty sceptical to overly excited for this film. Sceptical, because Wonder Woman is such a pure-spirited superhero and SO important to us girl geeks, that it was indeed a risky challenge to take on. Just reading what this film could have been like (Joss Whedon's first draft to be read here) is already cringe-worthy, and only empathises the fact that what this film needed was some good feminine power. After seeing the first sneak peeks and reading the first spoiler-free reviews I was convinced that it got just that. And then some.
Gal Gadot || is just plain wonderful as Diana of Themyscira - nope, she does not yet bear the title of Wonder Woman -. She already won me over when she proved to be quite capable of stealing a scene (or entire film, even though it was far from a good one) AND kicking butts in Batman vs. Superman, and now, in her very own, hard-earned story, she also manages to give character and heart to such a beloved heroine. She's witty, funny and a total badass. Good - no - brilliant Gal!
Patty Jenkins || Honestly, it was always going to be a female director and that's that. Jenkins turned out to be exactly what the DC Universe needed as she took on Wonder Woman, turning it into an absolutely heartfelt, thrilling and fun (especially that) ride for superhero (DC or Marvel) fans alike.
Chris Pine || Also deserving of a whole lot of credit; Pine is a delight as Steve Trevor, the pilot/spy who promises to take Diana to the Front, all the while never really questioning the fact that she is a woman, and even quickly realising that she is, in fact, a force to be reckoned with instead of a delicate flower. His timing when it comes to humour is impeccable, and he gives the story an enormous amount of charm. The crackling chemistry between his character and Diana's is without a doubt the best I've ever seen in this genre and is right at the heart of the story.
The supporting cast/characters || From Robin Wright (Buttercup!) as the impressive Amazon who trains Diana, and the band of three soldiers that tag along with Diana and Steve (honestly, I love everything Ewen Bremner does, especially when he gets to keep his Spud - I mean - his Scottish accent), to David Thewlis in a key role and Lucy Davis' wonderful Etta (of whom I hope we get so see a lot more in the future!), they're all so well-played and written that it's not at all hard to immediately take to them.
The World War I setting || I already had a feeling that this setting would be awesome and interesting to see and I was totally right. Not only is it the perfect setting to paint a perfect picture of the true nature of humanity, one that Diana so passionately believes is all good while it's painfully flawed, it also makes for amazing action scenes, with actual personal goosebumps acquired when she first enters the fray at the Front. To top it all off, these scenes all take place in Belgium, so it was pretty funny to hear people in such a huge production speak my language. We didn't even realise at first because our brains were so set on English, haha!
The film did threaten to lose a bit of heart in the final half hour, when Warner Brothers' tendency for pompous, CGI-driven and over the top head-hammering took over. But, hey, what are you going to do when two superhuman beings decide to have a showdown right then and there? Emotion takes over just in time to make you remember what came before all the pow. And by that, I mean the wow. This film truly has both and I would totally recommend you go see it if you haven't already. It's so much fun to watch that I'm pretty sure I won't be able to resist a second viewing.
To wrap it all up? She really, really did have it.
Q: Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think?
If not: have fun when you get there! ;-)