The first reviews of Wonder Woman are finally in this week! With a staggering 94% on rotten tomatoes, the film is smashing the glass ceiling, taking in a whopping $100 million in its first weekend alone in North America.
The plot serves as an origin story for the female counterpart of the Justice League, the film for which will be released later this year, and has already broken some amazing records in its first week. The film is officially the highest grossing film for a female director, topping Sam-Taylor Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Elizabeth Banks’ Pitch Perfect 2. As well as this, it is the highest grossing DC film behind the Batman and Superman franchise films. This means that it has topped the likes of Watchmen, Constantine, and Green Lantern. It is also the highest-grossing female comic book film, topping the likes of Tank Girl, Super Girl and Ghost in the Shell. Pretty cool huh?
In the months before the film’s release, Patty Jenkins really faced an uphill battle for validation from critics, with some saying that the film will flop in its first week. Not only did the film create such a viewing frenzy in its opening weekend, but it delivered a quality plot and tangible hero realness.
The film opens with Themyscira, the mythical land in which The Amazons reside. The audience is then told of how Themyscira exists, hidden behind a thin veil somewhere in the middle of the ocean. From here, we are introduced to a young Diana, learning how to become the warrior we all know from the comics.
Enter Chris Pine. Pine really shines in this movie, and in such a way that doesn’t overpower the female lead in the film. The plot then follows the duo as they try to stop Aries, the god of war, from destroying the earth during the first world war. We won’t go into details, but we do want to highlight how great relationships are portrayed throughout the film. Family, friendship, romance, comradery. The only relationship that isn’t portrayed in this film is the relationship between father and daughter. Perhaps this was done intentially in order to explore Diana’s lineage in upcoming films.
Wonder Woman really reads as a Marvel film, the great plot, the exploration of her values and a great reliance on the inane good in the character. This isn’t something we’ve seen with DC, or specifically, it isn’t something that has been explored in this way. Batman, Constantine, and Watchmen all focus on the flaws of characters in the narrative. Diana has no flaws that we see, she learns of the war outside of Themyscira and immediately wants to help. She takes herself away from the comfort of home, despite the concerns of her mother, in order to help the race of men who she has been warned about since she was a child.
Now, let’s talk about that iconic scene (spoilers head). In it, Diana and Steve (Pine) are in the trenches on the front line. Steve tells Diana about No Mans Land, and why there’s a reason it is called such. Diana goes ahead and ignores the advice from Steve to avoid the area above the trenches, and throws herself over, walking towards the enemy. It is such a perfect example of female strength and shows exactly how she copes with the world of men, by fighting her way to the top.
Overall, this is such a great film for the family to enjoy and provides a strong role model for young girls, which is so important. 10/10.