The appeal of superhero characters with initiative, purpose and heart found itself in unchartered new territory with the release of Wonder Woman, with actress Gal Gadot’s powerful, yet human performance of Amazon warrior princess Diana. It’s fair to say we were all blown away by Patty Jenkins-directed heroic and spirited version of Wonder Woman. It is arguably one of the best superhero films of recent years. Although Wonder Woman made her impressive debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is here in her origins story that she arrives from her mythological world of Themyscira, to help the allies defeat the villainous German General Ludendorff, whom Diana believes is in fact the incarnation of Ares, the God of War.
In short, Wonder Woman is an enthralling spectacle from beginning to end. (I’m still awestruck by that ‘No Man’s Land’ sequence. It is arguably the most important scene in the whole movie, where Gadot truly becomes Wonder Woman!) And while Wonder Woman’s exploits may be fictional, the reaction from thousands of girls and young women around the world is very real. Many truly see Gadot’s powerful and compassionate portrayal of Wonder Woman as nothing sort of inspirational, a statement of female empowerment. Personally, I cannot wait for the sequel!
Photo credit: The header movie still image from the film Wonder Woman (2017) is courtesy of Warner Bros. I make use of it under the rationale of fair use because no free equivalent seems to exist and it helps serve as the primary means of visual identification of the films in question here above. I am not the uploader of the You Tube clip embedded here.