It was definitely worth the wait—76 years to be exact.
Wonder Woman debuted in 1941 but didn’t get her own live-action film until 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, the film has surpassed all industry expectations, delivering over $300 million worldwide in box office receipts during the opening weekend.
Having grown up watching Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, I wondered if Gadot could capture the essence of the demigoddess aka Diana Prince.
I needn’t have worried.
From powerful acrobatics to rescuing spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to tearing into the battlefields of the First World War—Gadot’s Diana displays strength, determination, and compassion. And she looks the part with her tiara, warrior costume, god-killing sword, bullet-deflecting bracelets, and Lasso of Truth.
After rescuing Steve when he crashes off the idyllic island of Themyscira (home of the Amazons), Diana learns of the global war that has been raging for years. Convinced that the war is the evil work of the god Ares, Diana stands up to her mother (Connie Nielsen) and follows Steve to London.
Conversations about sexual practices and Diana’s visit to a London dress shop provide comedic relief as the pair makes their way to the Front. Steve’s SWAT team—a Scottish marksman (Ewen Bremmer), a con artist (Said Taghmaoui), an Indigenous tracker (Eugene Brave Rock)—and his secretary (Lucy Davis) add eccentric charm and more humor.
I was also impressed by Robin Wright’s portrayal of Diana’s aunt, General Antiope. Unfortunately, she only appears in a few scenes.
I highly recommend this impressive and empowering movie about a superhero who continues to inspire women of all ages. Gal Godot said it best in a recent interview: “Wonder Woman, most of all, she stands for love and accepting all people for who they are…If each of us had a little bit more of Wonder Woman, of these qualities, in us, we’d have a better world.”