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Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017)

Rating: ****

At its core, "Wonder Woman" reminded me of a line from another film that now feels like it was released a very long time ago. 

There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for. 

It's so refreshing to see a film, particularly in a universe as grim as the one D.C. Comics established, choose love. Patty Jenkins' sure-handed directing and Gal Gadot's fiery performance give Wonder Woman fans the film they crave; and the haters a movie they'll never deserve. 

I think we can extend the villain problem beyond the confines of Marvel Studios, though. This epidemic stretches to every production house in the land with no end in sight. As writers and directors become consumed with building stories based on heroes it seems great villains have been forgotten in the dust bin; somebody fix that please. 

That's the only legitimate gripe "Wonder Woman" left me with. Gadot and Chris Pine develop excellent chemistry, and there's never a point where it feels like Pine's film. That was a concern while watching the trailers, but perhaps it shouldn't have been knowing who was behind the camera. 

The performers were great, but what stuck with me were the incredible action sequences. While the Zack Snyder entries in this universe are often gratuitous and drawn out, Jenkins uses a mixture of kinetic energy and slow motion to balance Diana's rage and grace. It's a joy to watch. 

I imagine it's difficult for a performer to work backwards in character development. When we see Gadot in "Batman vs. Superman," she's seen some stuff. She knows who she is and what she's about. That's not the case in "Wonder Woman."

Though Gadot's appearance in "Batman vs. Superman" was more of a cameo, I though she did a marvelous job capturing the rawness of Diana's emotions as a young Wonder Woman. That comes through from her training to her initial interactions with Pine to the final battle. 

Now we wait to see what comes next. There will be more of this character on screen, of that I have no doubt, but I hope we get more of Jenkins behind the camera to go with it. This duo is a proven commodity - let's see what they can do with a little experience under their belt. I like their odds. 

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