DC is surely making it big with their latest release Wonder Woman. It is a movie which has been long awaited, especially after the exciting yet tiny glimpse we got of the Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.
It really seems that the superhero (or, should we say ‘heroine’) blockbuster Wonder Woman has surpassed the expectations of the audience. By 7th July (Friday), it has already gained a record $720 million in the world wide box office and doesn’t show any indication of slowing down. In fact, coming weekend, it won’t be surprising if the ticket sales go up a bit further, owing to the point that lots of people will look forward to a relaxing yet an inspiring and refreshing movie.
Rating of wonder woman
The Rotten Tomatoes has given a score of 93%, and moreover the big score indicates that Wonder Woman is now fighting it out at the top spot, against the Dark Knight and the Iron man for the best superhero films in history.
The film has already been awarded an A- grade from audiences via Cinema score, which is only second to the A+ awarded Avengers (The age of Ultron), in the superhero list.
Most importantly, it is the highest grossing film for Warner Bros. And DC entertainment yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have already hooked up Patty Jenkins for the next movie, because the success of the movie promises a sequel coming up.
“Every superhero has a history. Like, we all know where Batman and Superman came from. It’s also important to know the history of Wonder Woman too,” said Patty Jenkins, who is basking in the glory, of being the only woman director of a movie with a budget greater than $100 million ($149 million to be exact), and more importantly, being the woman director with the best box office debut, yet.
“I am a huge fan of Wonder Woman. She hasn’t been out there (read, on the screens) for a long time, you know,” Patty continued. And it is actually a very honest statement. This is the first time that Wonder Woman made her way to the big screen, solo. Wonder Woman had first appeared in comic books seventy six years ago (that is too long), followed by brief television appearances, though with long gaps in between and mowed down many times by severe criticism.
Talking about the characterization of the Wonder Woman, Jenkins said, “I felt super passionate about her not losing anything. I wanted her to be everything she wanted to be…. beautiful, kind, loving, but also badass, strong and amazing. Gal (Gadot) was the perfect woman for the role.” Seems like, Jenkins worked pretty good to transform her ideas into reality.
“It’s a movie about love, optimism and…About good things,” said a smiling Gal Gadot, who has shot to fame after this movie, playing the lead role. And undoubtedly, she has done a great job. “I had to train six hours a day,” she elaborated further. “But, the movie is not just about fighting, it is also about love and kindness,” she added.
Review of wonder women
Describing her character Gadot says, “She is relatable. She has the heart of a human and is very compassionate, but her experiences- or lack of them, her naiveté, really makes her interested in everything around her and able to view the world in a way that we’d all like to: with a genuine curiosity.” On talking on the role as Wonder Woman, Gadot stated, “I feel very privileged that I got the opportunity to portray such an iconic, strong female character and everything that she stands for and everything that she symbolises.”
Although, the audience is highly satisfied with Gadot’s performance, it is a surprise that director Patty Jenkins didn’t want Gal Gadot to be the Wonder Woman. In a recent interview, Jenkins has admitted that she was totally disappointed when Gal won the audition for the role of Wonder Woman. “She was selected before I came to know of it,” Jenkins said. “If I would have been present there, maybe things would have been a little different. When I heard that Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman, I was like, ‘Oh no! Why she?’ But I didn’t know her very well then.
As the shooting progressed, I was awed by her, it was like, as if I was watching the real Wonder Woman,” Patty continued, smiling. “Over time, Gal quickly became the person I wanted to talk to about everything. We’d shoot together all day. And then on weekends, we’d be like, ‘What do you want to do?’ That’s maybe not totally normal,” she laughs.
The movie begins with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) getting a black and white photograph of herself and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from the first world war days on behalf of Wayne enterprises. She then recalls her past.
Diana was raised in Themyscira and was the daughter of the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). She is actually the daughter of Zeus, and was born to kill the god of war, her half- brother, Ares (David Thewlis). Hippolyta however wants that to protect her daughter in any way and doesn’t want that Ares should find her.
From a very small age, she enjoyed fighting and training in battles. Although her mother forbade her from training and fighting, she continues to do so under the guidance of her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright). When Antiope makes Hippolyta understand that Ares is alive and training Diana will make her much safer, she agrees to Diana’s training but forbids everyone to never let her know her true powers and importance. As a young woman, Diana rescues pilot Steve Trevor, an allied spy, who crashes in the island of Themyscira.
After a battle of the Amazons with the Germans who invade the island to catch Trevor, Antiope is killed and Trevor is forced to reveal his identity through the Lasso. He tells them of the war in which millions are being killed and tells them about Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) and German general Ludendorff (Danny Huston) who are planning to release a dangerous gas to wipe out innocents. Diana believes that the war has been started by Ares and goes along with Trevor and the God killer (a weapon to kill Ares) to London, with the aim of killing Ares.
A few comic scenes follow, where Trevor is confused when he learns Diana’s aim but promises to help her. However, Trevor is discouraged from taking any action to destroy the gas along with Maru and Ludendorff by his superiors and Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis) who are negotiating an armistice with Germany. However Steve forms a band of his own consisting Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) a French Moroccan secret spy, Charlie (Ewen Bremner), a sniper by profession and Chief Napi (Eugene Brave Rock), smuggler and takes Diana to the frontlines in Belgium. There, Diana defeats the Germans across the no- man’s land and rallies the Allied army behind her and liberates the village of Veld.
That night Diana and Steve become intimate. The next day the team goes near the German High Command, where Diana enters and tries to kill Ludendorff (whom she considers to be Ares), but is stopped by Steve. Ludendorff later fires the gas at Veld. Diana pursues him and kills him, but is confused when the war doesn’t stop. Later, Sir Patrick appears and reveals himself to be Ares and tells her that she is the real god killer. Meanwhile, Steve hijacks the German plane carrying the gas and blows it off at a safe distance, killing himself.
Diana goes into a rage, but remembers Steve’s words of love against humanity, and spares Dr. Maru and kills Ares. Later at a victory ceremony, the team mourns the loss of Steve.
Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor and Diana’s love interest, says, “When Patty first called me for Steve’s role in the film, and explained to me the script, I knew it in 5 minutes that I am in. She (Patty) is an incredible human being.” On his character, he says, “I play an American pilot and a spy. It’s like a boy’s dream: you’re either a spy or a pilot.” However, he added jokingly, “I worked very hard to get into shape for the movie, but then I got 75 pounds of clothing on me. It covered all my hard work.”
The team had certainly worked hard, with viewers rating the Amazon fight scene as ‘incredible’. Robin Wright, who played the role of General Antiope said, “We had to do horse- back riding training, weight training, martial arts and 2000- 3000 calories a day.”
Matthew Jensen undoubtedly did an outstanding cinematography. The screenplay was also commendable with Allan Heinberg doing full justice to his job.
The film is a definite watch with love, courage and action, all blended into one.