By Eddy Montilla
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Written by: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs
Genre: Action, adventure and science fiction
MPAA PG-13 (Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.)
Starring: Gal Gadot (as Diana) and Chris Pine (as Steve Trevor)
Running Time: 141 minutes
In the field of politics and economy, History may repeat itself, first as tragedy, second as farce, but in Hollywood only as business. No wonder that by now many superhero movies, as pure business, have been thriving even though its saturation point is about to be reached. You will probably receive an affirmative answer if you ask a middle-aged person if he or she read the comics or saw the American television series, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (1975-1979), starring Lynda Carter (Diana, Wonder Woman) and Lyle Waggoner (as Steve Trevor) because as many others of his or her generation, people really enjoyed it.
What makes this particularly intriguing is why these present superhero films do not make a deep impression on that generation. Perhaps, this might be attributable to the fact that in the past, superheroes were much closer to us, humanly speaking, and their actions could be “mentally digested” easily, which makes a marked contrast compared to today’s superheroes who destroy everything in fractions of seconds and can rebuild it as a jigsaw in the same amount of time. That explains why we liked Gal Gadot (as Diana, Wonder Woman) since she left her island of Themyscira alongside the mighty Amazons to try to save the world with her sword, shield, bracelets of victory and the Lasso of Truth during World War I.
The world of cinema is crammed with male superheroes, so the presence of a woman sells the female superhero movie like hotcakes, not only for men who delight in watching the beauty of Wonder Woman, but for many women too because they see her as their representative. Gal Gadot’s work is not bad, and if we cannot praise her better is just because the plot is too weak that ends up reducing the result of her performance. The same can be said about Chris Pine’s job. That can be seen at the end of the movie when Travor sacrificed himself by shooting the bombs inside the bomber plane to bring it down. Another end like Armageddon (1998) except for the absence of Bruce Willis. With ends like this one, it is very difficult for actors to do a good job and for movie reviewers to give them the credit that really deserve. There are, however, funny moments, especially those related to the way Diana discovers men and women relationships. In short, Wonder Woman (2017) does not fall into the category of a must-watch movie in my opinion, but cannot be listed as mediocre either.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.
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