The most highly anticipated Summer movie of 2017 flies into theaters this weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment brings us the long-awaited big-screen adaptation Wonder Woman.
The Amazons have lived peacefully for thousands of years in their island refuge of Themyscira. In 1918, their sanctum is broken when an American pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crashes through the energy barrier that has hidden them from humanity. Trevor is rescued by Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), the daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), leader of the Amazons. She is stunned to finally encounter a male, but even more surprised by the enemies that follow him.
Steve Trevor, compelled by the Lasso of Truth, tells a horrifying tale. The War to End all Wars has devoured the world of men. Millions are dying as the emergence of chemical weapons takes their toll. Diana fears this is the work of Ares, the God of War. Her mother defeated Ares in a battle that destroyed the Gods of Olympus. Diana, against her mother’s stern wishes, decides to leave Themyscira and face Ares. The carnage and disrespect she discovers are far worse than imagined, yet only a piece of a vast wealth of new emotions and experiences.
The chemistry and banter and relationship established between Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is flat-out delightful. They light up the screen with their vulnerability and humored nuance.
Director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg deliver an immersive origin story with unexpected humor and epic action scenes, critics praising the Patty Jenkins-directed film as the greatest DC Comics-based blockbuster since The Dark Knight Rises.
Other critics have called Wonder Woman “DC Universe’s best superhero movie yet,” drawing favorable comparisons to its critically-maligned counterpart Batman v. Superman.
Wonder Woman “provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness,” says Variety’s Andrew Barker, “with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice, and the Amazonian way.”
“Wonder Woman,” the first big-budget blockbuster devoted to a female superhero — and the first directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins — isn’t just a triumph for women, it’s a triumph, period. This is grand entertainment with rousing action, sparkling humor, a romantic streak and a titanium-strength debut from Gal Gadot in the title role. Sexy, yes, but also dignified and fearless, Wonder Woman punches through one stereotype after another as if it were the most natural thing in the world. This is the female-focused crowd-pleaser we’ve been waiting for.
Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman — a true blue hero who’s as believable in her bafflement of women’s fashions and social mores as she is dead-lifting a tank and swatting away machine gun fire with only her arm cuff,” the Associated Press.