Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Rating: 4/5

She’s powerful, she’s intelligent, she’s strong, she’s the daughter of Zeus, she’s Wonder Woman. Most importantly, she does not disappoint.

We follow Diana’s childhood on the island of the Amazon women, surrounded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, her aunty General Antiope, the most revered warrior of all time, and many other badass women. Then, a man enters the island and their world changes. Chris Pine portrays the American spy Steve Trevor, who is escaping German troops in WWI and stumbles upon the mystical island of Themyscira.

Diana then joins Steve and his band of national stereotypes (an Arab, a Scot and a Native American walk into a bar…) to destroy evil and win the Great War. A war Diana is certain has been caused by Ares, but good and evil is not so black and white in the human world; something Wonder Woman must realise throughout her journey.

It is always amazing to watch a movie with a woman as the central star, and as the ultimate protagonist. However, DC never said that this would be the most feminist movie ever made so can everyone please stop giving it so much shit? So much criticism has been given about the tiny outfits, the perfect make-up and the ‘born yesterday, sexy today’ theme. But this was not a movie where every single cliché was going to be absent. They made a movie to entertain and it most certainly did.

At the end of the day, Wonder Woman was a strong independent woman who knew about sex (who needs men for pleasure? Procreation only thank you very much), love and life and who grew before our eyes. Of course, it was typical Hollywood that they would make her fall in love with the first man she ever lays eyes on, but when that man is Chris Pine, who can blame her?

Gal Gadot did amazingly and she is definitely a real-life goddess in my eyes. Top marks go to Jenkins for not ruining the crucial moments with cringe romance but also, curse you Patty Jenkins for not giving us a sex scene. 

This article first appeared in Issue 15, 2017.
Posted 1:48pm Sunday 16th July 2017 by Maisie Thursfield.