By Gomolemo Moncho & Katlego Moncho
A movie that does the most by doing next to nothing at all.
This past July Warner Bros. managed to produce a movie that hopefully has become the standard for movies of its ilk. The movie features the DC Comics’ character Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman who is the last Amazonian princess, daughter of Zeus and a warrior for peace.
The movie is part of DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and is the first all-round successful film of the franchise. Its predecessors – Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – while all having done well in the Box Office, were not very well received critically and by audiences alike, the versus less so than the others.
Wonder Woman is not only the first movie of its universe to become a smash hit but is also the first superhero movie to ever be so critically acclaimed even surpassing the biggest movie of its rival Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The female-led blockbuster is the second origin story following Man of Steel and is about one the founding members of the Justice League, the DC equivalent to the Avengers, i.e. Dawn of Justice.
The film itself takes place in Diana’s recollection of 1918 Europe during WWI as the German army is on verge of formulating a new weapon that will give them the upper hand and guarantee the end of the war. Diana (Gal Gadot) was raised on the hidden island of Themyscira, the island of the Amazonian women created by Zeus to protect mankind.
She is made aware of a prophecy that states that her brother Ares would return to make sure the humans destroy each other. She rescues a man, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), whose plane crashes onto Themyscira, except his arrival brings about pain and confusion.
But it also brings about opportunity.
She sees it as her way to find Ares and stop him. Steve sceptically agrees to lead her to the war, and they find themselves fighting alongside an unconventional group of specialised soldiers, often leaving strategy behind and charging straight into the heart of the action. Along the lines, we are also introduced to the unlikely romance between Diana and Steve.
This movie combines fun, innocence, and adventure to create something entirely fresh and genuine which can be enjoyed by both comic fans and not. Patty Jenkins, who directs this wonderful piece, expertly incorporates elements of twentieth and twenty first century Hollywood to create something that is neither to light nor too broody but rather effortlessly humorous and action packed.
This film brilliantly puts forward the female protagonist in a way that is not pretentious or forceful. It is not however without its flaws as it – like most modern pictures and other hero films – does have an air of predictability especially in the second half of the movie, but due to the difficulty of maintaining familial innocence as opposed to the gorier Dark Knight trilogy, it can be forgiven.
So, if you’re in the mood for feel-good action packed film that will make you laugh occasionally, then Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have got you covered.