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Still a Wonder

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

Sometimes after you have have seen a movie, there is a bit of a high feeling like this is the best movie you have ever seen and nothing can ever compare to it.

But then hours or days go by, you think about the movie some more and realize maybe it wasn’t so great.

I have had that once the fantastic visual effect or great music placement has worn off. What seemed great is long gone till all I see are the deficits.

Wonder woman - pictureI have not felt that way about Wonder Woman and at this point I don’t expect to do so. Every time I see a commercial or a clip from the movie, still get excited. Knowing that it comes out on DVD on the 19th makes me want to buy a copy for myself.

Director Patty Jenkins gave us a tour de force about a superhero whose motivation is not about revenge or cleaning up after a bad mistake. Diana’s motivation is always about fighting evil and promoting the best parts of humanity.

That doesn’t mean to say she is a wimpy or wishy-washy character. When meeting Steve Trevor’s secretary, Etta, and hearing her job duties, Diana’s response is forthright as she says in her country that is called slavery.

Each fight scene shows Diana running into the forefront of battle, never shying away from the danger or the action.

That fearlessness shows on Gal Gadot’s face in every scene. There are times that she appears to relish the battle, to know she is actively fighting all that is wrong in the world. It also shows up in the quiet moments when Diana leave her home island when she tells her mother that she would be a worse kind of person to stay knowing there is evil outside of their world, killing thousands and doing nothing.

Brave words met with action.

Wonder woman - homeWhile one character can make a movie good, it takes a group to make it great. Gadot has solid support in Chris Pine as Steve Trevor who is always quick on his feet no matter what the situation. He is a man of his time and treats Diana as a precious object to be protected, not realizing till later, she doesn’t need to be protected.

And then there is David Thewlis as Sir Patrick, Trevor’s patron. He states he wants the war to be over and he is willing to back whatever plans Steve makes. His character is charming and gentlemanly, what we expect from an English aristocrat. Thewlis makes the role effortlessly his, no more Professor Lupin hesitancy here.

Lastly, I have to mention Robin Wright as Antiope, Diana’s aunt and trainer, General of the Amazons. We have seen her be fierce in House of Cards but in this role she has to step it up 500 times and she does so. With every scene of training and fighting, Wright never stops to consider, never backs down. Even her scene when she is gravely injured is still a performance of toughness. It allows us to see where Diana gets her inner strength.

There are few movies I choose to watch over and over again. This is absolutely one of the one I will watch again.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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She’s a Wonder

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

There is only one movie that everyone is talking about this week.

That movie is Wonder Woman.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, this movie alleges to be everything for women in the film industry. It is to prove whether or not a woman director can make a blockbuster hit featuring a woman in the lead role as a comic book superhero. It is the first comic book hero movie to be directed by a woman that cost $150 million dollars to make.

wonderwoman-movie-kneeling-1000419As of Sunday night, it took in just over $100 million in the Untied States alone.

And you’re wondering if this movie is worth your time, is Gal Gadot not only beautiful but able to act and carry a movie like this?

The answer to your questions are yes and yes.

I am not sure how much time we spent in that theater in those reclining seats. But I can tell you it did not feel like two hours and twenty minutes. In fact, it felt much shorter.

We start in Paris as Diana Prince arrives at work deep in the bowels of the Louvre. A briefcase from Wayne Enterprises arrives for her containing a picture, one that we saw briefly in Batman Vs. Superman. But as Diana reminisces about the past we find that it was no cake walk.

From here we see Diana as a little girl who admires the warriors and wants to be one. He mother reluctantly agrees to allow her training to begin. As time goes on, Diana is revealed to be a strong fighter. She also continues to have a large heart, capable of seeing the good in others.

Her life changes the day Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) falls into the bay from the sky. Diana saves him from drowning. But he is forced to tell the queen of his mission, that he is a spy for the allies during WWI.

From there we go to the front and it is not pretty.

diana-prince.jpegThat is the story does not remain pretty. Gal Gadot, on the other hands paints a picture of a woman determined to make the world better. While her mind is a single track, her fighting abilities are fluid and diverse. In case some poor fool on the internet tells you there is only 10 minutes of fighting, don’t listen.

There is plenty of action including at the training field of the Amazons, on the beach, at the front, and in the final show down. I am not sure which scene is best. The No-Man’s land scene forces Diana to confront the power of war while the scene in which she slides across the floor on her knees is just plain fun.

While all of this is great, Gadot also lets us into the world of the Amazons without being too campy. Yes, they live on an island oasis but it doesn’t mean these women are weak. These are tough women who enjoy a good fight.

What makes this movie sparkle is the realism of the characters. We know guys who can cope and those who cannot. We know people who make smart-aleck comments and people who are tough as needed. Diana, for all of her single-minded focus, is not a simple character. But nor are the characters on our side of the war.

But there is something else. Wonder Woman never works from a point of revenge, as do so many comic book characters do. She comes with the desire to end war, to allow people to be happy. At first she feels things will get better once she takes out a certain player. But by the end, Diana gains a new understanding. That growth of character endeared me.

All in all, this is a movie I want to see again and again. This is a character I would be happy to be around on a more regular person.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.