Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the story of Diana, the Princess of the Amazons.  She is growing up in Themyscira, an island inhabited by a race of female warriors created by Zeus.  Diana wants to train as a warrior, but her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), won’t allow it.  However, with the help of Hippolyta’s sister, high-ranking Amazon officer Antiope (Robin Wright), Diana begins her training and becomes a skilled warrior.

Later, a grown Diana (Gal Gadot) rescues Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when his plane crashes.  Trevor tells the Amazons about the conflict (World War 1) in the outside world.  Diana is sure Ares is behind this war and wants to find and confront him.

Diana and Steve work together to stop a plot to sell the Germans a biological weapon, and Diana confronts Ares (David Thewlis).

Wonder Woman is a very enjoyable movie.  The plot, setting, acting, cinematography and Wonder Woman’s kindness and optimism all contribute to this.  The island of Themyscira is gorgeous, and I like movies set in the early 1900s.  Diana is a strong character, but her compassion for those suffering because of the war provides balance.  Wonder Woman is more than just a warrior.  The chemistry between Diana and Steve is well done.  Ares’ statement that, although he may influence them, humans ultimately make the decision to cause violence because they are basically corrupt is an interesting concept.  I would be glad to see Wonder Woman again.

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