So, basically this movie is the origins of Wonder Woman. But it is a lot more than that.
In the past WW has sort of been... a bleh, you know? It was as if she was only created as a "Here's a Super Female Hero" to shut the feminist up. With her ordinary powers (super strength, flight) and her rather laughable accessories (Lasso of Truth? and the Invisible Jet which she doesn't really need because she can fly) she wasn't even that good of a superhero. But WW is awesome in her own right - and this movie is a step towards the right direction.
The movie starts in battle, the Amazons against the monsters of Ares (God of War). Hippolyta (Wonder Woman's mother) and Ares crosses blades with the Amazon Queen rising as victor. As she's about to make the final blow, Zeus interferes. And Ares becomes their prisoner instead. But for their grief, Hera gives the Amazons an island of their own- Themyscira and in addition, Hippolyta is given a daughter - all of this in the first 9 minutes of the movie.
To make things short and to make sure I don't spoil the goodies of this movie, basically Ares escapes and the world is in peril and Diana (Wonder Woman) wins the right to go over to man's world and save the day.
The score of this movie is amazing. The voice actors are wonderful fits to their characters most notably, Alfred Molina as Ares, Rosario Dawson as Artemis, Oliver Platt as Hades and Virginia Madsen as Hippolyta. To be honest, Keri Russell's voice didn't exactly fit for the lead, but really it can be easily looked over.
It's action after action and dull moments are none-existent. What's particularly interesting are the Amazons - each butt-kicking one of them (well all except for one) and the Amazon zombies nearing the end (though really were rather useless but still awesome). I particularly found their interpretation of Hades delicious - renewing an old over-used character.
However, there are a few things I didn't exactly care for. One, making Etta Candy (Wonder Woman's best friend) thin and air-headed. I thought that was a horrible thing to do. A butchering of the true Etta Candy. Two, the romance with Steve Trevor. I know Steve Trevor is pretty much like the Lois Lane of Wonder Woman but still. It just seemed a little forced. Though I have to say, the makers of the film did this rather tastefully. Three, Alexa the Amazon. Personally I don't think she can even be considered an Amazon. She's the annoying cliche little character foil and boy did she get on my nerves.
But apart from that, Wonder Woman is an amazing movie. It's really quite a shame that animated films don't get the same weight or the same regard as ordinary ones. I recommend this to everyone. Honestly guys, cartoons aren't just for kids.
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