In a landscape of superhero movies beset with macho posturing and brooding cynicism, director Patty Jenkins stepped up to show that idealism and empathy can reign supreme. DC’s Wonder Woman demolishes the idea that a female-led blockbuster wouldn’t be successful.
Gal Gadot stars as Diana, the only child and princess of Themyscira, a hidden island populated entirely by a powerful race of women called Amazons created by Zeus himself for the protection of all mankind. In the midst of the first World War, a group of German soldiers stumble onto their shores and bring the savagery of the war with them. Diana is convinced that the god of war, Ares, is responsible for the violence and defiantly leaves her island with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American pilot and spy. Together, they set out to kill Ares and bring peace as Diana shows the petty men of war what true power looks like. With supporting performances from Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis, Wonder Woman is a triumphant celebration of one of the most venerated comic book characters. It may be the longest overdue debut in comic history, but something this good is worth waiting for.
“The real strengths of this production are its lead actors, the period piece setting, and an unexpected emotional resonance that one doesn’t expect from a popcorn movie.” — James Berardinelli, ReelViews
“Gadot does succeed, against heavy odds, in creating a fresh figure of heroic morality and might, engaging an audience with an earnest character’s discovery of herself and the world.” — Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
“A Wonder Woman film that is inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate, in ways that honor what has made this character an icon.” — Angelica Jade Bastién, RogerEbert.com