Wonder Woman (2017): Movie Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Wonder Woman is the much awaited DC Extended Universe film based on the popular superhero character Diana Prince, essayed by the Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman costars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Danny Huston. The film presents the origins of the popular DC Comics character as the young Amazon princess witnesses loss of innocence while growing up on island of Themyscira, the home of the Amazonian warriors, ruled by her mother Queen Hippolyta who forbids her sister Antiope from training the young Diana in the Amazonian way, fearing that it may one day lead to Diana abandoning their home.  But Antiope is determined and so she begins to train Diana secretly and thus begins the extraordinary journey of the Amazonian Princess who would become the guardian angel of mankind, protecting them from the constant perils of war as perpetrated by the Greek God of War, the mighty but terrible son of Zeus, Ares.

Wonder Woman is not just a wonderful tale of a female superhero but it is allegorically also a journey of a woman realizing her true place and purpose in the world. For centuries women have been seen fit to merely fulfill domestic responsibilities but finally the time has come when women finally got the place they deserve in this world, a place of equality wherein they are seen capable of doing everything that’s expected of men and more. Hollywood for years has been a culprit of objectifying women and it is for this reason a film like Wonder Woman has come just at the right time.

Today, the world has been more vocal about woman equality than ever and so it is important that we have strong women icons in every walk of life, cinema in particular, primarily because of its impact and reach. When young girls would see a powerful woman defying all odds, unleash her fury on bad guys twice her size, in a bid to protect mankind on the silver screen they are bound to be inspired and a manner much similar to how a Batman or a Superman inspires young boys.   

Wonder Woman is the superhero we all deserve. Having grown up watching the likes of Superman and Batman destroy the bad guys we have developed rather rigid beliefs that only guys are capable of getting physical and putting their bodies on the line to destroy evil. We all expect girls to be delicate and fragile. This attitude has further intensified our patriarchal mindsets. It is for this reason that the world needs to grow out of such dogmas and openly embrace the idea of equality.

We all have, at one point or other, witnessed the women in our lives demonstrating great power and resilience in the face enormous odds. Wonder Woman is Hollywood’s testament to the spirit of womanhood and though it took a long time coming it’s a most welcome change. Hopefully, this is just a precursor of many more things to come.

According to the Greek Mythology, Amazons were created to instill love in the hearts of man. “Women are the bridge to greater understanding between all men,” says Diana. A lot has been written about women been the nature’s greatest creation and it is not difficult to imagine why. After all, no civilization can flourish without women nurturing it. To quote the great American filmmaker Orson Welles, “If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. And yet nature can be ferocious and destructive like hell. Wonder Woman is its perfect manifestation of both the extremes.

Wonder Woman is arguably the most popular DC Comics character to not get the kind of movie coverage that it deserved. Finally, that’s no longer the case. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice despite being a colossal failure had served as a great introduction for the character of Wonder Woman. It served as a brilliant hook which set the stage for a full-fledged movie about the enigmatic Diana Prince. Wonder Woman would not only satisfy the comic-book fans but it would also serve as a great initiation for those looking to get acquainted with the world’s most popular female superhero.

In a nutshell, Wonder Woman is a reminder of the changing times. That we no longer live in a world dominated by men. That the modern women will no longer remain restricted to the households. That they will do everything that has traditionally been associated with men. That they will no longer allow men to dominate them in the various walks of life. That the obsolete patriarchal societies would be replaced by modern societies formed on the basis of equality between men and women. 

Rating: 7.5/10

A version of this review was first published in Wittyfeed.

Wonder Woman - Official Trailer (YouTube)

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