Wonder Woman

"I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves - something no hero will ever defeat. I've touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they'll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give... for the world I know can be. This is my mission, now. Forever."   - Diana Prince

release year: 2017
genre: superhero action/drama
viewing setting: home Bluray 10/4/17

synopsis: In a movie-length flashback, the World-War-I-era origin story of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is revealed.

impressions: It was awesome. Not only is there finally a strong, smart female superhero, but she's given a complex origin story that fleshes out her history and motivations. I also liked the wartime setting, the various types of combat, and the espionage aspect. This has everything: action, humor, drama.

acting: Gal Gadot shines as the powerful and noble warrior-woman. Chris Pine provides the (non-powered) human companion/love interest who grounds her. Danny Huston is the main evil Nazi. David Thewlis is a helpful British official. Connie Nielsen is Diana's mother, the queen, who tries to protect her from her destiny. Robin Wright is the queen's sister, who's a great warrior-woman and who trains Diana. Elena Anaya is a freaky deformed mad scientist woman.

final word: Great film, and a much-needed success for the DC Cinematic Universe.

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