Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

2017.  Directed By Patty Jenkins. 

By Brian Wallinger

A film's greatness is not judged by how much money it made, but rather how much we believed in it. The percentage of women film makers is less than ten percent and the industry wants to believe that it's not an issue. It certainly is.

And with that let's begin...

This film is a triumph of the human spirit. It is a rarity for a superhero, film which I personally believe is a worn out genre out on its last limbs, to break away from tradition, to escape from cliches, and breathe a fresh breathe of life and light into the genre.

A superhero origin story disguised as a war film set against the back drop of war torn Europe during World War 1,  it begins with Gal Gaddot, who plays the role with sincere conviction and praise that demands our attention and commands our respect for women everywhere.  Wonder Woman, also known as Diana, is seen reading a note from Bruce Wayne, remembering her past.  The story then projects to the unveiling of Diana's origins. A young and powerful warrior living on a distant and well hidden island with a covenant of Amazonian Warriors that inhabit it. She is trained to be the most powerful warrior through intense training that is captured through the use of glorious cinematic CGI; that by no means degrades the value and realism of the film, not only creating the essence of locations but also capturing the fight choreography using high grade slow motion in an operatic fashion. It's like watching a beautiful play unfold.

Later on, actor Chris Pine makes his way into the film playing a WWI British spy who is shot down by the Germans and incidentally rescued by Diana. After a small incursion with a squad of soldiers taking place on the island. Pine reveals he is fighting in a war, and Diana believes the one behind it is in fact the Greek god Ares and she decides  to leave the island and fight along side Pine in the war against General Ludendorff and his soldiers.

The more I watched, the more I realized that for me personally, it's not just about sexism or racism. We live in a world that thrives on judgment and demands perfection. We also live in a world of violence and chaos. Sometimes it can be overbearing and overwhelming for all of us. What matters is that we are human beings and we are alive and love conquers all things.  It is in that love that there is an understanding of sacrifice that could mean fighting a war to pursue a balance. To understand the equation of what we lose and gain is the heart of the film.  Diana is the living example of this concept, helping other because she believes in the inherent good of mankind.   

Wonder Woman is an absolute triumph for the entire human race. It brings fourth an understanding of progression and above all something to believe in that's worth fighting for.  The film is a very intimate story that knows how to hit its marks and never loses focus.  The script is immensely rich and lively. Jenkins directs the film better than any man could, with confidence and style.

Wonder Woman is a superhero film that goes beyond standards, exceeds all expectations, and it's a hell of a lot of fun as well.  In a world of overbearing hate and darkness, embrace your flaws and believe that love can make a difference. It just takes time to get it right.

☆☆☆☆

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