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WONDER WOMAN review/editorial by Gerald Wright

Posted by Gerald Wright on June 3, 2017 at 12:35 AM

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes in 2D, 3D, and IMAX

Release date: June 2, 2017

Genre: Drama, Action-Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Adaptation

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG-13


Taking statements from Sharon Gosling's 2017 book "Wonder Woman:  The Art and Making of the Film" she determines, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman sees the hero brought to the big screen for the first time in her own movie, and fully realizes the breathtaking wonder, strength, and grace of such an historistic character.  Sharon Gosling expands that this groundbreaking film will take fans on a voyage of discovery through the world of Wonder Woman.


For the ones who are vague on the Wonder Woman character, (cited bio by wikipedia and public information) she is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.  The character is a founding member of the Justice League, demigoddess, warrior princess, and Ambassador-at-Large of the female Amazonian people.  In her homeland, her official title is Diana the Princess of Themyscira (daughter of Hippolyta).  The Wonder Woman character was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston, and artist Harry G. Peter.  Marston and his wife Elizabeth's cohabitant, Olive Byrne, is credited as being his inspiration for the character's appearance.  Marston drew a great deal of inspiration from early feminists, and especially from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger.  The character first appeared in All Star Comics # 8 in October 1941 and first cover-dated on Sensation Comics #1, January 1942.  The Wonder Woman title has been pblished by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986.


This film is adapted from fictional drama, and based on the original idea.  It follows the original theme and does not neglect the cinematic opportunities of the story.  The film depicts young Wonder Woman's (age 8 - Lilly Aspell, and age 12 - Emily Carey) origins as it relates that she was scultured from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and given life by Aprodite, along with superhuman powers as gifts by the Greek Gods.  Her Amazonian training by her aunt General Antiope (Robin Wright) and instructor Philippus (Ann Ogbomo) helped to develop a wide range of extraordinary skills in tactics, hunting, and combat. 


Adult Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) takes the reigns as the protagonist.  But when an American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes off the shores of the Amazonian sheltered island located in the Bermuda Triangle and tells of a massive conflict of World War II in the outside world, and Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.  The epic plot displays female empowerment with extraordinary powers and abilities, as she exerts a strong moral code with a secret identity.  The story sets the tone as a backstory with the flashback scenio as the basis of the narrative. It shows the contemporary Diana as employee of the Wayne Industries (as in Bruce Wayne aka Batman).  With non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous high energy physical stunts and chases, Gal Gadot an Israeli actress, martial artist, and model is perfectly cast for the Wonder Woman character as she combats the German invasion and mystical villians.  Of course this will set up possible sequels and additions to the new franchise.


As an epic production, this film covers a large expanse of time set against a vast panoramic backdrop.  The elements are elaborate and add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes, accompanied by grandeur and spectacle, dramatic scope, high production values, along with an overlap of science fiction and fantasy - all designed for pure audience escapism. 


It's a great, fun-filled, action packed summer movie.  Go 'woman power' !!


FILM RATING (A-) 




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