WONDER WOMAN movie review by The Commander





by The Commander

3 (out of 4 Stars)

When I was a kid I was a big fan of the DC comic world. I love all their superheroes. Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman and the list goes on. I was not a big fan of the Marvel comic world other than a few like Spiderman and Iron Man


However, in a bizarre twist, I'm a bigger fan of the Marvel films then I am of DC's efforts in bringing their superheroes to the screen.  The last Batman and Superman series with Ben Affleck and Henry Callville just didn't seem to hit the mark. The character of Wonder Woman was introduced in the last DC film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although brief, it was a solid performance by Israeli actress, Gal Gadot. 


Now starring in her own feature film, Wonder Woman pulls out all the stops. The story starts off with Diana (Wonder Woman) as a young child on the island of Olympus, an island inhabited by only women warriors. It is here, growing up, Diana learned her skill to compete as a warrior and fight in combat.  One day she sees an air plane crashing into the sea off the island. She dives into the water to rescue the Pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) whom she joins in battle to save the world from the Nazis.


While I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I had one major issue and that was the story line closely resembled that of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger.  The story lines ran almost identical to each other regarding battling the Nazis. Change the names of the characters and you got the same set up, Diana Prince and her companion Steve Trevor along with their merry band of men battling the Nazis.  Almost identical to Steve Rogers and his best friend Bucky Barnes, with their merry men of marauders doing the same thing. 


It was this parallel storyline that distracted from Wonder Woman standing on its own two feet. Then for some reason the writers decided to add in mythology with gods of Zeus and Ares which muddied up the story elevating Wonder Woman to God like status.  Maybe they were trying to make her the equal of Marvel’s Thor, the God of Thunder. Whatever the reason it distracted from the storyline.


This is a great film to see in 3-D. The visuals, the battles, the explosions are all designated to be seen on the big screen in 3-D. While it had its flaws, I like this film better than all other DC’s attempts at portraying they superheroes on screen. It's worth paying the ticket price to see it for yourself. And if by chance you didn't happen to see Captain America: The First Avenger then you might like it even more.