By Joey Bowling
Bullets fly across the screen, deflected by golden gauntlets. People are callously killed in some scenes, in others they are given a touching send off. No movie gives every character depth and expands upon their stories as wonderfully as Wonder Woman. The production is all at once heartwarming and action-packed.
Warner Bros. Pictures boasts an achievement that no other studios managed. Patty Jenkins is a female director of a superhero movie. This is a first in film history, considering no woman has ever directed a superhero movie before.
However, she also flips many common principles of female characters in media on their heads. Jenkins gives these Thymesciran Amazons back their bodies by giving them attire that is suitable for combat, rather than eye-candy. These women are a fierce race, dressing as if any moment they would step foot onto the battlefield.
Another norm she inverts is the scene in which Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is almost randomly naked, cupping his genitals after getting out of a bath. This goes against popular culture and shows viewers how awkward and unnecessary nude scenes are for developing a plot, something commonly used by male directors for female actors.
Speaking of nudity, parents should be aware that there is the scene above in the movie, as well as various innuendo throughout. One scene involves Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Trevor on a boat talking about procreation and “pleasures of the flesh.” There is little cursing in the movie, the harshest it gets is damn.
Another point of consideration for parents is the intense scenes. In one, a main character sacrifices himself to blow up a ship filled with poisonous gas. Before that, a scientist in Germany is experimenting on people and how to most effectively kill them.
Moving on to actual movie scenes, it entertains all sorts of attendees. The fight sequences will quell the more bloodthirsty viewers, while there is a tender romantic subplot for the bleeding hearts out there.
The fight scenes are intense between Prince and German soldiers. She also carries herself triumphantly against the main antagonist Ares in the climactic fight scene.
The movie also employs a diverse cast of characters, from the black and Asian Amazonians to the Israeli lead, Gadot. The movie has been lauded as a cornucopia of diversity by critics such as Hypable and PJ Media.
Another worthy mention of the movie is its memorable quotes. An exchange between Trevor and Prince, goes as such.
Trevor leads with “I can’t let you do this.”
Prince’s passionate reply is “What I do is not up to you.” A fan favorite quote from the movie resonates with many audiences, said by Prince near the end of the film. “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.”
Over all, Wonder Woman proves to be a home run for anyone who watches it. With quotes littered throughout like gems, and fight scenes helping to make sure the movie doesn’t stagnate, it is a titillating film for all ages.