‘Wonder Woman’ makes powerful impression in theatres
DC Comic’s “Wonder Woman” hit theaters on June 2 and has shown superhero fans just how iconic Wonder Woman still is today.
Earning $571.8 million worldwide, according to Forbes.com, and a 92% rating on Rottentomatoes.com, the film “Wonder Woman” proves to be wonderful.
With limited knowledge of comics prior to viewing this film, I was surprisingly able to follow the storyline of Wonder Woman effortlessly.
The film focuses on a young Princess Diana, who lives on an island run by Amazons called Themyscira. The women on this island are trained to fight in preparation for when the God of War, Ares, returns with vengeance for his father Zeus. Diana’s mother, the queen, refuses to let her be trained, even though one of the greatest Amazon warriors, Antiope, sees great potential in Diana. Behind the queen’s back Antiope trains her and Diana becomes a great warrior — but the queen eventually finds out.
Diana displays great power, and during a training session she releases power that nearly kills Antiope. Shocked by her own strength, Diana runs away from the scene and stumbles upon a man struggling in the ocean. This man is Steve Trevor, a spy for the United States Army who is stranded at sea near Themyscira. Diana saves him only to have German soldiers invade as soon as Steve is saved. He protects Diana during the attack, but unfortunately, Antiope is killed during the battle, which left many on the edge of their seats.
The Amazons hold Steve hostage, and learn there is a world war taking place. Diana feels that the war it is the work of Ares and plans to leave and help the people affected despite her mother’s disapproval.
Diana makes Steve take her to the war in exchange for his freedom from the island. Her mother ends up letting her go and Diana leaves with her lasso of truth and powerful sword, “The God Killer.”
While in London, Diana has a comically hard time adjusting to the rules of society, such as having to cover herself fully in clothes and not armor.
Steve constructs a plan to get to the front of the war, and along the way Diana is proven very helpful with her ability to deflect bullets and have super strength. The Wonder Woman persona is a very positive feminist image as she inevitably shows her strength when she was expected to be a weak woman.
As the team plows through the war to defeat the German front and scientists create poisonous gases to kill more people, the graphics and special affects grew even more impressive. The best scene visually was at the end of the movie with Diana and Ares, which consisted of flames and explosions while the two gods fought.
Diana finally defeats Ares when she realizes that Steve sacrificed himself while stealing a plane carrying bombs that he sets off. She later works at the Louvre in the Antiquities department, where she receives Steve’s watch he gave her from Bruce Wayne.
Overall this movie was excellent. I never felt bored or lost in the entire two and a half hours of the movie. Gal Godot flawlessly brought Wonder Woman to life as an icon that could defeat any man — or god.