THE COMMERCIAL FILM OF THE WEEK
WONDER WOMAN (2017) by Patty Jenkins
“Are you a man?”
The DC universe is rich in characters with quality, with much history and highly developed, always referring to comics. Its passage to the cinema is already more complicated, because it sins or of overloading with redundant information or of excessive seriousness. Never had the style of the comic remained, there was always a series of jumps or flashbacks loaded with information that the viewer does not want to see, just as it was never linear, and to be fully understood it had to be very concentrated, which is What usually sin in the cinema of today. Besides this the balance between comedy and complexity was poorly measured, or there was nothing comedy or everything (see “Suicide Squad”). After a series of failures in the criticism, DC decided that the project “Wonder Woman” had to be different, to remove all the previous thing and to not refer anything, and thus to be able to create a work from scratch, without influences.
It is introduced with a narrative and historical beginning, where Diana, the princess of the Amazons, is known. They live isolated from the real world on an island that Zeus has made to disappear from the world. Diana is impulsive and wants to learn how to fight, and this will grow until, one day, a man appears in her world of women. Following an accident this man will reveal to Diana the conflict that exists in the real world, and how to solve it together. It is as a result of this encounter when Diana becomes “Wonder Woman” and will unleash all its power to rid humanity of the doctor poison, which plans to destroy the world through chemistry. This historical-epic adventure is told linearly with a lot of lightness but without leaving aside the style of superiority over the rest, with a very correct development and that introduces very well to the viewer.
The innocence of Gal Gadot fits perfectly with his character. It transmits a sweetness, tenderness and beauty that cause the character to mate as a glove to his personality, from the first moment you empathize and fall in love. His initial innocence regarding the ignorance of the world contrasts strongly with his superiority at the end of the work, showing a very well developed development and that uses the personage of Chris Pine for it. There will be moments of pure comedy in the ship on the way to the war, very well fitted and that softens a little the frenetic pace. If romantic history fails at some point, and it seems too obvious, nevertheless never saturates.
The last quarter may be the weakest moment. When the pure CGI begins to appear, battles with superpowers and the human universe is more distant is when the feared downfall occurs. The battle sings too much, the effects are somewhat poor (speaking of this overproduction) and the way to close it too childish and basic. At that point no innovation is reached, but still as a film closes very correctly, it passes very fast and is thanked very much the constant human tone. This movie is something else, try to expand, to know the concerns of “Wonder Woman”, look how it was created and why, and of course you get it. It is always good to see something different, and in this case it is practically the whole of the work. Hopefully DC will follow this path, although in “Justice League” is predicted the return to the origins of BvS.
Our rating: (4/5)