Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman starts off a lot slower than I expected, and it doesn't pick up until the action sequences begin midway through the movie. The action sequences, however, are awesome.

Diana (Gal Gadot) is raised on a secret island, which only contains women. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), doesn't want her to start her "training" too young, but her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright), starts to teach her, in secret. When a pilot and his plane fall into the ocean nearby, Diana swims to save him; his name is Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and he's a spy for England, who was placed in Germany. There's a war going on, he says (WWII), and Diana leaves the island with him to try and stop the war. Along the way, she'll find that it's not always clear who the enemy is, and that humans are more complicated than she once thought, too.

Gal Gadot is fantastic in this film, as is Chris Pine and the supporting cast (Wright, Nielsen, and Lucy Davis, in particular, with Davis playing Pine's character's secretary). There's also a lot of humor woven throughout, too, most of which was funny, but this doesn't really start until about midway through the movie. The scenery, especially at the beginning when Diana is living on the island, is lush, and provides for some nice cinematography.

Yes, see this movie. I'm going to be honest and say that it wasn't as "epic" as I had hoped it would be; however, the action sequences are excellent, and the film does tell an interesting story (Wonder Woman's backstory, and how she came to be Wonder Woman). There are some nuggets thrown in for fans, too - if you've seen Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which served as sort of a backdoor introduction for Wonder Woman, you'll know that she's familiar with both Batman and Superman; at the beginning of this film, a truck pulls up that says Wayne Enterprises, and the delivery men have a gift for Diana, from Bruce Wayne. Even if you're not a "fanboy" or "fangirl," though, I'd still recommend seeing this film, and hopefully there will be many more Wonder Woman movies.

Wonder Woman is in theaters today, June 2nd, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 133 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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