Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis
Empire: 4 Stars Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
What has the director done before?
Patty Jenkins, an aptly chosen female director for a film with a female lead, is well known for previously directing the 2003 Aileen Wuornos biography Monster starring Charlize Theron which saw her win the Best Actress Academy Award, strangely enough, Wonder Woman is her first film since Monster.
Wonder Woman is definitely less gritty subject matter when compared to Monster. However, both films deal with a female lead character that are opposites in nature Aileen Wuornos this dark criminal and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) an almost angel like hero, so this is Patty Jenkins opportunity to deal with a lighter subject matter. It could be interesting to see how a female comic movie would look like if it weren’t a 12A, similar to the Christopher Nolan Batman movies that were able to deal with the darker realities of the superhero universe.
There is an importance in their being a female director for a female film, to bring in a different perspective to the comic book movie world, a step forward indeed.
Was it a feminist movie?
Feminism can be described as ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ So, I would say Wonder Woman leans towards being a feministic movie, being directed by a woman and also starring a woman who is independent, intelligent and has super powers it is defying the Hollywood superhero norm and is a step in the right direction.
However, to be overly critical there are aspects of the films, which bring up interesting question around the messages that are being sent about what it takes to be a woman in power. It is important to remember that the Wonder Woman comic book was written by William Moulton Marston a male psychologist who had some strange ideas about feminism and bondage, find out more here.
What did I like?
Wonder Woman is fun because you get to see women kicking ass in slow motion, sort of how seeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer jump around was equally enjoyable. The storyline has nothing to do with time travel so is therefore easily understandable so you can let your brain swirl with crisp visuals for a good 2 hours 20 minutes. It is not offering anything new concerning superhero storyline, but it is entertaining.
Who gave the best performance?
Gal Gadot the former Miss Isreal 2004, was perfectly cast as Wonder Woman, beautiful and yet also physically strong coupled with her accent creates a realistic vision of an Amazonian Goddess. The film was very visually driven so it is understandable to see why she has been chosen, her physicality and pure fierceness and sass brought the film together.
Could it have been better?
If studios are spending close to $150 million dollars this does not leave a lot of room for experimentation, studios wanted a tried and tested superhero formula that works. This is what you are getting with Wonder Woman which doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing, but it just doesn’t create anything that is groundbreaking or creative regarding dialogue or storyline. So, it could have been better, but with obvious risks and limitations, it was satisfying.