Wonder Woman review

Wonder Woman 1984 is coming to theatres and HBO Max on Christmas Day. With fans expecting another strong outing from their favorite armoured heroine, the character’s first movie from 2017 deserves a closer look.

The action/adventure film Wonder Woman was released in 2017. The picture starred Gal Gadot and Chris Pine as a pair of soldiers and lovers, and was helmed by director Patty Jenkins.

From the movie’s heroic score to its practical surroundings, the 2 hr. 29 min. film captivated audiences right from the get-go.

Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, is tasked to settle a conflict. As an audience, we know it’s World War 1, but Prince has never left her home island.

It’s in Europe where she realizes how much hatred and rage is ravaging through not only individuals, but entire countries.

As Prince comes to Europe, it not only serves as a comical fish-out-of-water scenario, but it contributes beautifully to her character arc.

Her arc revolves around believing in mankind and understanding that love is what keeps the world from destroying each other.

Not only is her arc inspiring and especially relevant in 2020, but it’s heightened by the fact that she’s a flawed character.

Yes, she knows how to fight and can basically fly, but her struggles in the film are more internal. Throughout the movie, she’s getting tricked, lied to, beaten, and lacking understanding about the world around her.

Right when she starts to doubt mankind and is considering abandoning the fight, she’s reminded by pilot Steve Trevor’s heroic sacrifice that mankind is worth saving-- and that there’s light at the end of every tunnel.

The comic book movie industry has been criticized in recent years about their lack of visual style. The conversation even made its way to legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who then referred to some comic movies as not being “cinema.”

But that conversation never made its way to Wonder Woman. This was because Jenkins used practical surroundings, an array of colors, and various forms of framing to connect with the audience.

Her visual style was on full display. Harsh lighting, constant camera movement, and her staple of slow-motion action kept viewers engaged throughout the picture.

The DC Comics film went into pre-production with a budget of approximately $150 million, and ended up producing $821.8 million.

The return on investment was no coincidence, and fans can’t wait to see what else Jenkins, Gadot, and company have to offer in Wonder Woman 1984.