Rating: 7.8 / 10
This was a film that I actually didn’t even watch the trailer to before I saw it in cinema and my expectations were not high, given the track record of some of its predecessors. (Man of Steel & Batman Vs. Superman..) So when it was suggested I went, and came out whistling a pretty different tune. Now, this film is no Deadpool, very few if any films are going to be able to match that in wit, script, direction, literally every flawless facet of it’s creation. But this film is one that can actually stand on it’s own two feet. It was one that I had in some way hoped they’d done well because this was the first solo female superhero film. We’ve had a range of male-oriented one and therefore have a lot dotted on different ends of the spectrum, some spectacular and some cringeworthy.. So this being the first female-driven film, it was going to have to bring it. If it had turned out as poorly as Suicide Squad or Man of Steel I reckon there wouldn’t be the potential there currently is as to what other female superhero movies could be explored. I’d also never seen or heard of Gal Gadot before this film but was an instant fan, her accent is something that is quite endearing, whereas Penelope Cruz’s always feels like it’s being emphasized or embellished upon.
The film begins with a nearly saga-esque story of a very young Diana and a montage of her early life with the Amazons, her gradual training as the years go on and on, her skillset becoming more and more refined. We also see Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) as you’ve never experienced her. Also, worth mentioning, the cinematography in this film, was breathtaking. The shots of scenery alone are something that when your watching it big screen or kickass flat-screen it makes a difference.
We then meet modern-day Diana, or at least at the age she stays for an immeasurable amount of time, and what an introduction it is. The direction in this is something that was a little reminiscent of Deadpool actually, remind you of any scenes here?
This island that the Amazons live, train, fight and survive on is kept separate from the rest of the world, so life there is all they know, with this in mind, it’s interesting to have simple things having to be explained to someone who has a fresh unsullied mind, a little like when basic things had to be spelt out to Eleven in stranger Things even though she was omnipotent and all mighty, she had to have the word ‘friend’ explained. When our two unlikely protagonists meet and the course is set, societal constructs like marriage and capitalism are touched upon and getting her insight on them is a little like what I imagine a purely logical brain, one out of Star Wars or the future A.I’s would be like. This leads to some pretty damn interesting conversations between the pair..
As incredibly choreographed as the fight scenes get, there is the occasional old school knockout. Thoroughly enjoyable.