‘Wonder Woman’ is a wonder to behold

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent


Gal Gadot stars in a scene from "Wonder Woman." [Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via The Associated Press


In her first title role, Gal Gadot reprises Wonder Woman, as first seen in  the 2016 action blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She  will play this beloved heroine once again in the upcoming Justice League  movie to be released this November. The statuesque 32-year-old, martial  arts-trained Gadot looks as though she were born to play this role, and her  Israeli accent adds the perfect touch of mystery to this beautiful daughter of  Zeus.
The movie begins on the island of Themyscira, filling in princess Diana’s  childhood backstory. The opening scenes are chock-full of mythological  Amazon warriors engaged in intense, athletic, hand-to-hand combat  training with sword and shield, and bow and arrow. The timeline moves  forward to Diana’s early adult years, set at the end of World War I. When she rescues American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from a watery grave, his arrival on the island sets Diana on a quest to find and destroy Ares, god of war. As in Wonder Woman’s 75-year DC comic book run, as well as the 1970s TV series, Trevor becomes demigod Diana’s mortal love interest.
Key roles were skillfully played by Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta; Robin Wright as General Antiope, Diana’s aunt and mentor; David Thewlis as British Cabinet Minister Patrick Morgan; and Lucy Davis as Wonder Woman’s historic comic book sidekick Etta Candy. Evil characters included Danny Huston as General Ludendorff and Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, who make an incredibly psychotic couple.
Patty Jenkins is the first woman to direct a major superhero film, and much media attention has been paid to the stellar success of a female-led, female-directed action film. This outstanding movie earned every bit of its record-breaking box office numbers and unusually high score on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator. “Wonder Woman” is well-acted, beautifully shot and directed. While filled with both positive messages and positive role models, the violent action and scenes of wounded war vets make this must-see movie best reserved for the 12 and up crowd.

Chandler Holland is a senior home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer. She looks forward to attending Warren Wilson College, and will obtain her NC Environmental Educator Certification during her gap year.

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