Friday, May 25, 2018

Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review
The new movie, Wonder Woman (2017), took me by surprise.  I didn't expect to like it.  As a matter of fact, ever since I saw the first preview for it in the theater, I have made comments about how no one could ever be Wonder Woman after Lynda Carter.  However, when my son gave me the DVD for Mother's Day, of course I immediately popped it into the DVD player for us to watch together.  I now freely admit, Gal Gadot is fabulous as Wonder Woman and I loved the movie.

I was a teenager during the Wonder Woman television series back in the seventies and I can easily remember how much the guys in school "admired" Lynda Carter.  Admittedly, her costume was too racy for me to want to wear, but everyone thought she was perfect.  In today's world, that Wonder Woman costume seems rather mild by comparison to many of the others that are made for women.

Speaking of the costume, the new costume design for Wonder Woman is pretty awesome.  It seems more appropriate for an Amazon warrior.  While it still has the corset bodice, it is designed to resemble armor.  The gladiator paneled skirt is definitely an improvement.  In my opinion, this costume does give Wonder Woman more credibility as a fighter instead of just a visual feast for men.


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I loved the way this movie gave us the entire backstory on Diana, Wonder Woman.  If I ever knew it, I certainly didn't remember it.  That alone made the new movie worth watching.  I also appreciated the historical setting.  From the very beginning, we are able to identify the time period simply by the German insignia on the uniforms.  The soldiers wore the iron cross (WWI) instead of the swastika of the Nazi party (WWII). 

After a few "current day" introduction scenes, we are transported back in time and to the island of Themyscira, homeland of the Amazon.  Diana's mother is the queen of the Amazons and she desires to keep Diana safe.  Defying Queen Hippolyta's orders, the queen's sister, Antiope, starts training Diana as a warrior.  Both women know Diana's true identity and purpose, but the queen wishes to protect her as long as possible.  Antiope wishes to prepare her for the inevitable.  When Hippolyta discovers Antiope is training Diana, she is furious, but after reasoning with her, Antiope convinces her that Diana needs to be trained for war.

When an airplane breaks through the barrier that separates our world from the island of Themyscira, Diana dives into the water to investigate.  She subsequently saves the pilot's life and brings him to shore.  Unfortunately, Steve Treyor's plane is followed by a warship and the first battle of the movie begins between the Germans and the Amazons.  Once the Germans are defeated, the women interrogate Steve.  By using the lasso of truth, they are able to quickly get information about "the war that will end all war".  Recognizing that humanity needs her help, Diana volunteers to take Steve back and aid in the war against Ares, the god of war.  Together, Diana and Steve travel back through the separating barrier and to London.  "Wonder Woman" is determined to fight against darkness and evil, but Diana finds that isn't as easy to identify as she expected.





My Recommendation  - Wonder Woman (2017)


Wonder Woman (2017) is truly a wonderful movie.  I encourage everyone to set aside any preconceived notions about Wonder Woman and watch the new movie.  I think you too will be pleasantly surprised. 



 

 

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9 comments:

  1. In a much younger lifetime, I was a fan of all the Superheros in comics and moviedom. Here in my grandmotherhood, I probably would not have considered viewing 'Wonder Woman' without your review. Thank you for reminding me you are never too old to experience what you used to enjoy. I'm glad 2017 brought back Wonder Woman.

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  2. I too was was a teenager during the Wonder Woman television series. We did admire Lynda Carter and I think it was the costume!! I thought the movie was very well done. I loved the way they developed the history of Diana and I'm with you if I ever knew that I didn't remember it. Great review as always :)

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  3. You have me wanting to watch this movie now. I've thought about it, but haven't gotten around to it. Sounds like a pretty good movie, I'll be adding this one to the list.

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  4. So glad to read your review. I have refused to see the movie because I've been so convinced that the "remake" can't be as good as the original. I might have to see it after all.

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  5. I too thought Lynda Carter was the perfect Wonder Woman and hesitated to see the new Wonder Woman movie and was also surprised that I liked it a lot. However what I always liked about the original and in the comic books was that she didn't have any weapons except the lasso of truth and I wish she didn't have other weapons now either.

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  6. Well now this gives me food for thought. Not one I would have considered before your review

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  7. OMG Miss Mouse, I just watched the trailer and I must see this movie. I grew up with Wonder Woman and niver saw her as "eye candy" for the men, but rather a strong woman and I loved her then. I'm sure I can make the jump to the new Wonder Woman without a problem. Thanks for a great review and the sneak peak!

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  8. Definitely makes me want to see the reboot of WW!

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  9. I have not yet seen the movie but your review is interesting. It is now in our list to check out.

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