June came early! (No spoilers below! :))
I usually don't write about superhero or big blockbuster movies. I like to leave my personal thoughts on structure and entertainment levels for award season. So I won't get too deep on here about the film itself, but I will share some of my thoughts. :)
I've been anticipating watching Wonder Woman ever since I saw Gal Gadot make her stunning debut as Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year. I'll use any excuse to write about Gal as Wonder Woman. She was the best part about that movie, to me (along with the captivating score by the incredible Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL). She literally lit up the screen, especially in that end sequence!
But enough about the past, let's talk about her new film:
Wonder Woman was originated by Lynda Carter back in the '70s and Gal's portrayal is the feature film debut of her! This film follows "Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny."*
I had the honor of watching the world premiere of Wonder Woman last night in Hollywood (work perks!) at the Hollywood Pantages Theater with director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and other cast members in attendance. I loved it!!
Premieres and opening weekends are always fun, especially for iconic roles! The theaters are always packed with excited fans and there's lots of clapping and hootin' and hollerin' when these iconic characters grace the screen for the first time or when they do something cool in a scene! :) I love being in the room with people who really appreciate it and clap during the credits. :) Last night was no different.
Again, I was excited to see this film, but I also went in without high expectations because:
- I don't like to over hype a film before seeing it.
- Let's be real, DC Comics isn't really known for its "amazing" films, especially DCEU (**THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan doesn't count! :) I absolutely love love love The Dark Knight! It's technically not really considered a "DC" movie and is not a part of DCEU. :))
- And the only real reason I was really looking forward to seeing it was to see Gal kick aaaall the butts (and Robin as well!)!!
So even though I was looking forward to watching it, all I really cared about was seeing powerful women kicking aaaall the butts! If the script was decent or maybe even good, that was a bonus! (Ha! Weird that I would say that huh!? Especially since I don't usually care too much for action films with no heart!) But Wonder Woman actually turned out to be more than that, thank goodness, and was actually a love story at the center of it -- and it had a lot of heart. :)
Gal Gadot, aside from being beautifully stunning (did I mention that already!? lol), carries the film with grace, courage, power, and wonder. (See what I did there! lol). She has found a role that is utterly hers.
People say, "What took so long for a solo Wonder Woman feature film to be made?!" Yes, the length of time it took to be made is seriously crazy -- but I think I can now say...what we needed, what we were waiting for and didn't know, was Gal Gadot (and Patty Jenkins!!)! :)
Gal is Wonder Woman.
She's believable and steps fully into the Wonder Woman shoes. I can't say whether or not I would have been equally intrigued with seeing this film had it not starred Gal. She's captivating in every frame.
Another highlight for me was seeing my girl Robin Wright, as General Antiope, being fierce as ever.
I was smiling from ear-to-ear when she was on screen! :) She has some amazing fight sequences in the film that made me want to see more and more. She kills it! I absolutely love her and I'm so glad she was cast in this movie! (Make sure to catch season 5 of House of Cards when it returns on May 30th!).
I also loved the chemistry between Gal and Chris Pine. :)
Chris (there are so many guys named Chris in these superhero/big budget movies y'all lol), ehem, Chris PINE, is great at comedic relief and truly is a solid actor. I love that he was cast opposite Gal as Steve Trevor. It's great seeing Chris Pine in anything, in my opinion. He's so fun to watch. :)
There are a couple of scenes between Gal and Chris that Patty Jenkins, the director, really let breath. She didn't rush the scenes and there were beautiful moments within them. The emotional journey was there.
Don't get me wrong, these scenes could have definitely been trimmed and tightened up a bit, but I get what Patty was doing by letting Gal and Chris have those moments for their characters. It works, again...each one of those scenes could have been tightened up a hair, but it works :) -- they're definitely my favorite parts of the film after all of the fight sequences with Gal and Robin!
The movie is visually appealing and stunning (am I using this word too much lol)! There are some really great shots throughout -- and (fun fact!) it was shot on FILM you guys! Yes!! :)
Also, I'm usually not a huge fan of slow motion effects dispersed throughout fight scenes, but the slow motion shots in this case are gripping and had me literally saying "yaaas" out loud! Lol! Loved every minute. I'm obsessed with the Amazonian beach battle sequence at the beginning of the film -- it literally blows my mind and the No Man's Land battle scenes...and of course the bar scene at the end of that sequence (which is partly in the trailer) makes me so happy! Ugh, so good!! :)
The music throughout worked really well moment to moment (except for like one or two little instances). Overall, the score, by Rupert Gregson-Williams, was impressive and moving (especially when Gal was fighting)!
I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of the script or give anything else away in the film, but I will say: GO SEE IT! It's a well executed origin story.
It didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the film and most of all, I enjoyed seeing a woman in a film (even if she is a fictional superhero) step into her truth, own who she is, know that she is powerful and wonderful because of who she IS...and not because of who she's with -- and realize that we all make choices in life and that love can heal.
The ending message is beautiful and made me tear up a little, especially because of what's been going on in the world lately.
Oh and (another) FUN FACT: Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is the first live-action film with a female director to ever have a budget over $100 million y'all. Ever. (Ava DuVernay is the second female director to be on this list with Disney's new film, A Wrinkle in Time, which Chris Pine also stars in -- and comes out sometime next year)!
Check out Wonder Woman, in theaters everywhere on June 2nd and experience the WONDER! Go to the theater and have a great time. I'll most likely be seeing it again! :)
Posting more about the movies I want to see in June next week! :)
**Update: Patty Jenkins had the highest grossing domestic opening weekend ever for a woman director when Wonder Woman debuted domestically to an astounding $103.3 million!! Yes!!! :)
(The Wonder Woman photos above belong to Warner Bros Entertainment; *Quotes taken from IMDb]