Over the past few years, we have been witness to the development of both the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the DC Extended Universe with each line of comics laying out the roster of their own superhero league with films that have progressively introduced each character. Following the same path is the latest release WONDER WOMAN which promises to introduce Diana Prince, the princess of the Amazons AKA Wonder Woman. But will the film leave the audience in awe and wonder or will it be just another setup film to something bigger later is the question.
WONDER WOMAN, unlike Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the character in a brief scene in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, is much younger and naïve just setting out on a journey that will make her Wonder Woman. The film starts off in present day Paris where Diana Prince working at the Louvre receives a package from Bruce Wayne containing a copy of an image that features her standing with a rag tag bunch of soldiers comprising of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), Charlie (Ewen Bremner) and The Chief (Eugene Brave Rock) taken around the time of the First World War. From here the film goes hundreds of years back to the time Diana was just a girl being raised on the shielded island of Themyscira. Daughter of Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, Diana displays her eagerness to become an Amazon warrior at an early age; however her mother, despite her aunt Antiope’s persistence, forbids her from training. Ignoring her mother, the queen, Diana begins training with Antiope in secret, until eventually her mother caves in and tells her sister to train Diana the hardest eventually making her the strongest among them. One day, Diana after training and defeating the best of the Amazons, runs off to be alone only to see a plane, something that she has never been seen before, crash into the sea. With no second thoughts, Diana dives into the water to rescue the pilot, Steve Trevor. Though she saves him, she soon realises the German forces who were persuing him cross the barrier that has till now shielded their island, wreaking havoc on the beach. In the ensuing skirmish though the Germans are overpowered, some of Amazons are killed, following this, Steve is taken prisoner and interrogated to learn why and how he has landed here. On hearing of the endless war that rages in the world, Diana makes up her mind to fight Ares, the god of war, and kill him to eventually bring peace to the land. But will she succeed or will she be overpowered is what forms the rest of the film.
Coming to the performances in the film, Gal Gadot as Princess Diana/ Wonder Woman is spot on in her portrayal of the part. Her gradual evolution from a naïve islander to the well informed and wiser Diana Prince is effectively portrayed laying the foundation for another film. Chris Pine as Steve Trevor does a convincing job as the American spy who had been behind enemy lines. His act as Steve and his earnest longing to see the end of the war and subsequent sacrifice that eventually brings Diana to her full potential is well captured. Though the film centres on the characters of Diana and Steve, the rest of the cast too performs equally well in their given roles.
On the whole, the script, story and film in entirety does full justice to WONDER WOMAN. In fact, the film is certainly a must watch. However, though the content alone of the film is enough for it to perform well at the global box office, within the Indian market, WONDER WOMAN faces an uphill task at the box office given the fact that the Indian arm of Warner Bros have done rather low key promotions for the film, and compounded this with a rather limited release in just one language, English.
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