Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman (2017) - Through the Eyes of Selina

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Movie Name/Year: Wonder Woman (2017)
Tagline: The future of justice begins with her.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Length: 141 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production Companies: Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures, Warner Bros.
Producer: Jon Berg, Wesley Coller, Tommy Gormley, Geoff Johns, Stephen Jones, Curt Kanemoto, Charles Roven, Rebecca Steel Roven, Enzo Sisti, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Director: Patty Jenkins
Writer: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs, William Moulton Marston
Actors: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo, Emily Carey, James Cosmo, Martin Bishop, Eleanor Matsuura, Josette Simon, Doutzen Kroes, Hayley Warnes, Samantha Jo, Brooke Ence, Madeleine Vall, Hari James, Jacqui-Lee Pryce
Stunt Doubles: Georgina Armstrong, Adam Basil, Joanna Bennett, Richard Cetrone, Caitlin Dechelle, Harley Durst, Mickey Facchinello, Gary Grundy, Bobby Holland Hanton, Antal Kalik, Gary Kane, Chelsea Mather, Monia Moula, Ian Pead, Christiaan Schodel, Alicia Vela-Bailey

Blurb from IMDb: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Selina’s Point of View:
My mom was the one that stoked my interest in films. She didn’t really watch any herself, though, she just never had the ability to sit still long enough. I made her take me to see Titanic (1997) in theaters, it must have been hell for her.

With my breathing issues as a very young child, that lasted up until about half-way through middle school, I wasn’t able to do all that much. I was on a ton of medication and I spent a good amount of time at home, in bed. Keep in mind, this was before the internet we all know and get devoured by. I didn’t even have my Amiga yet, let alone a computer that could fit into the palm of my hand.

(It actually turned out I was on too much medication and that was what was causing the issue, so things worked out for me after my next doctor took me off 95% of them.)

But I digress.

To keep my mind off the fact that I couldn’t really do everything the other kids could, my mom would buy tons of movies on the way home from work and she would sit with me and we’d watch them and her favorite shows together. I was exposed to episodes from Bewitched (1964-1972), I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970), Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996), M*A*S*H (1972-1983), and – of course – Wonder Woman (1975-1979).

My mom and I would sit and watch the beautiful Lynda Carter take control of situations and beat the bad guys and it was a huge inspiration to me. I was thrilled when I heard they were going to make a modern feature film for her.

Needless to say, I went to the very first showing I could manage.

Gal Gadot (Kathmandu, Furious 7, Triple 9) was an amazing Wonder Woman. She absolutely looked the part and had the confidence to pull off every aspect of the role.

I must admit that I’m not as familiar with the comics as I’d like to be (I’m more of a Marvel girl) but I can say that I enjoyed the way DC formed the origin story they told. I liked getting a look into Amazonian life in Themyscira and I enjoyed watching Diana get acquainted with the rest of the world when she traveled out of her homeland for the first time.

The way the Ares portion of the story was done was decent and I loved who they got to play him. Actually, the entire cast was chosen well. My only issue with it was that I spent roughly a half hour trying to remember where I knew Steve’s secretary from.

Lucy Davis’ (The Family Lamp, Maron, The TV Set) voice told me I knew who she was but she looked completely different than she did in Shaun of the Dead (2004).

There were some minor issues with the film. The final battle didn’t quite have the amazing flow expected, and there were some bits of dialog that made me sigh and shake my head… but as superhero origin films go, DC did right by Wonder Woman and all of her many fans.

I do have to acknowledge the fight scenes in general – even the final one with rough flow. The battle choreography was absolutely insane. I honestly believe that this film beat out the other superhero films where that choreography was concerned by miles. I’d re-watch the entire film on mute so that I could properly appreciate the fights.

In a world where some people are blaming the slump in comicbook sales on diversity, I can’t help but hope that Wonder Woman kicks a whole load of ass in its opening weekend. The best revenge to nay-sayers is always to do, and be, the best possible.

I think this film can pull it off.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 99%
Metascore - 76/100
Metacritic User Score – None Yet
IMDB Score – 8.5/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating4/5

P.S.  No after-credits scene. If you get the signature 3D glasses to watch the film in theaters and you already wear glasses, get a normal pair too. The signature 3D glasses do not fit well on top of prescription lenses.

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