Wonder Woman (2017)

Reviewer: Charity Bishop

For whatever reason (lack of interest in the trailers), I didn't go see Wonder Woman in theaters... and having spent two and a half hours with her, I wish I had.

On an all-female island, protected from the God of War and humanity until her warrior race becomes necessary again, little Diana knows she's meant for something more than what she has, but her mother (Connie Nielson) refuses to train her in combat. She argues with her general-sister (Robin Wright) that the sooner Diana discovers the truth about herself, the quicker the God of War will find and challenge her. So, Diana trains in private and longs for the day she can fulfill a higher destiny.

It comes when somehow, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) flies through the barrier between the mystical island and the outside world at the peak of WWII. He crash lands in the ocean and Diana saves him... but then faces a Nazi invasion in pursuit. Once she learns the truth, that three-fourths of the human world is at war, convinced she can find and destroy the God of War, Diana decides to disobey her mother's orders and enter the land of mortals. The world has never seen anyone like her before... and they never will again.

I'm not sure what I expected from this flick, but not the serious but also comedic period piece it is; Diana is a terrific female character, bold, strong, and fearless, but also undeniably feminine and not afraid to be so; she's not a man-hater, she believes in the 'higher good,' she berates others for their cowardice and lack of heroism, and when faced with a choice, she makes the right one. Essentially, she's everything you could want in a heroine... and she kicks some serious butt! I'm not a huge fan of the Justice League characters, but I really liked this film. It is a little over-long in places, but the tongue in cheek witticisms along with the more serious, edgy moments made it worth it for me.

The costumes are great; not completely period authentic, but fun to look at. The cast waffles between solid performances and rather poor ones, but I didn't much care. The musical score is solid, and Diana is not without her faults. I appreciated the fact that they kept it clean enough that I wouldn't mind my preteen nieces watching it. The deeper messages about faith in mankind, and the questions about the nature of good and evil in humanity are thought-provoking; Diana herself is something of a "Christ figure," but also represents the spirit of Femininity. Regardless of her controversial origins, she has become a symbol of womanhood, and a heroine the cinematic world very much needs.

Sexual Content:
Female warriors wear form-fitting, short-skirted outfits; a brief conversation about human reproduction and whether a woman needs a man for 'pleasure'; a woman sees a man naked (the audience doesn't) and he thinks she's commenting on his privates (she's not); a man and woman enter a room, kiss, and close the door.
 
Language:
None noted.
 
Violence:
Lots of combat violence (sword hacking, gunshots, whipped, punching, walls imploding, people being smashed, thrown into walls, and pummeled) but no gore or blood; many are killed.

Other:
A reference to an 'immaculate' conception; Diana is a goddess.