“Wonder Woman” is a new take on the old tale about Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), a goddess made of clay by the almighty Zeus. Although her character made a small yet memorable turn in 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Gadot flies solo in this well-told tale directed by Patty Jenkins.
The opening sequence of “Wonder Woman” takes place on Themyscira, a fictional island where the mighty Amazons, an all-women warrior tribe, train night and day. An interesting touch in this movie is the music that announces Wonder Woman’s appearance on screen. Rupert Gregson-Williams handled scoring duties and created an enthralling soundtrack for the film.
“Wonder Woman” pays homage to the past through photos of her during World War I. Supporting actor Chris Pine portrays American spy and soldier Steve Trevor. He learns that he is the first man Wonder Woman has encountered, since she was raised among only women. Pine’s character also
comments on the disfigured woman known as Dr. Poison, (Elena Anaya), who aids the Germans in bringing down the good guys.
Integral to the story are Danny Huston ("30 Days of Night," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Ewen Bremmer ("Trainspotting,” "The Rundown"), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), David Thewlis (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “The Theory of Everything,” 1993’s “naked”), Robin Wright (“The Princess Bride,” “Forrest Gump”) and Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator,” “Rushmore”).
The latter two actors are important to the film because Wright plays the matriarchal figure, Antiope, and Nielsen portrays Hippolyta who is essentially Wonder Woman’s aunt.
Huston plays one of the antagonists of the story, a German SS officer known as Ludendorff. He is one of the higher-ups in Germany’s plan for the final solution.
There are plot twists in abundance in this well-crafted production that deliver in almost every single department. Just when you think you have the story figured out, Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg throw in a couple of story changes.
“Wonder Woman” provides more than two hours of fun and sheer entertainment. Even though the movie is long, there are never really any dry spells or lags in the storytelling. Grade: B+