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Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman’

on June 15, 2017 - 7:32am

By CYNTHIA Z. BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Wonder Woman”, the much anticipated DC comics movie, has arrived to cheering audiences. The film provides a backstory for Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, later nicknamed “Wonder Woman” as she joins the DC pantheon of superheroes.

Gal Gadot, the sensually super-buff Israeli actress, debuted as Wonder Woman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie just last year, starting a noisy buzz about Gadot getting her own movie. This lovely and charming actress served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for two years, is a martial artist, and was a model before going into acting. Playing a superhero fits with her very physical style of acting.

Movie poster for 'Wonder Woman'. Courtesy photo

The film opens with the modern Diana receiving a secure briefcase special delivery from Bruce Wayne; in it is an original photo of Diana in World War I, with a group of special forces soldiers. She reflects on having once wanted to save the world, and from there the story of her origins begins. We witness scenes from her girlhood on the isolated island of Themyscira, home of the Amazons, where she was raised by Queen Hyppolyta (Connie Nielsen) and trained by the queen’s sister, Antiope (Robin Wright). There are hints that her powers will be far greater than those of the other warriors some day, but first she must be trained to defend herself.

One day, the young adult Diana sees a biplane crash into the ocean and the pilot struggling to free himself as it sinks. She saves him and learns of a great war in the world, where innocent civilians are being killed as well as soldiers. She believes this to be where she will find Ares, the god of war, whom the Amazons are sworn and trained to fight and, one day, kill. The pilot is Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), a spy for Britain. She sails with him to London, where we meet Steve’s secretary, Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), who, in one funny scene, helps Diana find appropriate early 20th century attire. We also meet Sir Patrick (David Thewlis), a member of Parliament.

The bad guys in World War I are the German Kaiser’s military, of course, and among them is a female chemist called “Dr. Poison”, Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya), who is developing a hydrogen-based equivalent of mustard gas, which will render gas masks obsolete. The aim of Trevor and his cadre of special soldiers, is to stop the production, and ultimately prevent the use, of this gas. Diana tags along, looking for Ares.

Of course, the climactic battle to stop the distribution of the gas bombs must be overshadowed by the ultimate celestial battle between Amazon and Ares, in a scene worthy of the movie’s 3D technology. (As are early scenes of Amazon archers fighting Germans. But I digress.) Diana must reason out why human life is worth saving, despite the battle of good and evil which rages within each person.

Wonder Woman is “Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.” Teenagers and adults are the intended audience—a younger child in our row walked past us three times; not her kind of movie, I guess.


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