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Movie Review: 'Wonder Woman'

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

After the release of “Batman v. Superman,” fans have been ecstatic for Wonder Woman to have her own solo movie, bringing her character to the light. Released on June 2, WW has taken the world by storm and has become one of DC’s most iconic superheroes of the year.

Beginning in modern day France, Diana (Gal Gadot), a curator at the Louvre’s Department of Antiquities, receives a briefcase from Wayne Enterprises containing a vintage photograph of four other men and Wonder Woman. Audiences can immediately identify that it is Diana herself. The scene is narrated by Gadot and immediately launches into her backstory.

Plunging straight into Diana’s youth at the hidden island of Themyscira, Diana is seen watching other warriors train for battle and finding out more about the history of the Amazons by her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). After Diana received training from General Antiope (Robin Wright), a plane breaks through the force field and crashes into the ocean. Diana plunges into the water and rescues the man in the plane named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who is immediately followed by German soldiers and a battle begins on the shore.

Afterward, Trevor is interrogated by the Amazons using the Lasso of Truth, revealing that a major war is happening and that everyone is in danger. Diana is convinced that she must help save the world as she was raised to believe so and ventures out to the world outside of Themyscira, discovering that everything is different than what she believed it to be.

Filming took place in different parts of the UK, where they used London for the city scenes and different parts of the UK for other settings in the movie. For Themyscira, over 47 countries were considered before settling on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, where the beaches and ocean tides were near close to the vision they were hoping to create. Some cliffs were added during post-production as a way to add the final touch to the place.

In 2015, production of the film had begun to emerge onto social media platforms and casting choices were confirmed when several cast members began revealing their roles on those platforms.

After filming began, Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired to compose the score, with the help of other composers as well. One of the most popular songs from the movie, “Wonder Woman’s Wrath,” was created by Tina Guo, a trained musician who used an electric cello to create the entire song with some rock and metal elements. The song itself became the mantra for the movie and was used throughout different teaser trailers as the release date approached.

As the movie date grew closer, many people began speaking up about Gadot’s Israeli roots and how it conflicts with the ongoing war with Palestine. Gadot served in the Israeli military for two years (as it is required for Israeli citizens), and has openly shown support to her country when asked about the war. Shortly after, Lebanon immediately banned the movie from being shown in theaters and online users labeled Gadot a Zionist.

Another controversy that emerged was “women-only” screenings that took place at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Men were commenting on the matter saying it was “sexist” towards them. The theater released an online statement expressing their concerns and created a similar event in Brooklyn, but with more showtimes.

One of the things that captivated the audience’s attention during “Wonder Woman” was the fighting techniques that were shown during each battle. In the beginning scenes at Themyscira, the warriors were shown training in fierce and intense moves that made it seem it was a natural instinct.

Another scene that had many people praising the movie was “No Man’s Land.” The scene was shown in every trailer released but all in different points of the segment. Diana is seen going up against the enemy by herself; prompting the others to follow after everyone sees her deflect bullets off her wrists. Critics have praised this part of the movie due to the way it is executed and the impact it created onto the viewers.

In recent superhero movies, whenever the hero has a female companion, she is shown as a romantic and sexual object whereas the hero has a set storyline throughout the entire movie. “Wonder Woman” completely flips the switch where each woman in the movie contributes to her progress to become a warrior. The women of Themyscira are shown wearing Ancient Greek war uniforms and not a single one is shown in any sexual way; letting it be refreshing and staying true to their history.

Wonder Woman was a spectacular movie from the wardrobe to special effects. The dialogue among each character felt genuine and not having a single woman in the film be sexualized was a positive step towards bringing the life into each character. Wonder Woman is worth watching no matter how many times it is seen and a major key in empowering anyone that sees it.