Yesterday (March 8th, 2022) was International Women’s Day, and what better time to celebrate one of DC’s best films, led and directed by women. 

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman / Picture Credit: DC Films

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman / Picture Credit: DC Films

Wonder Woman was released in 2017, and caused quite the fuss, in the best way. Gal Gadot was cast in the titular role, and it can be strongly argued that no one could have played Diana Prince better than she. 

The movie was directed by Patty Jenkins, a woman with a brilliant vision for this film that translated into a brilliant, heartfelt and exciting feature. 

Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince, the only child Amazonian on Themyscira; she trains relentlessly, at the dismay of her mother; but Diana is set on becoming a great warrior. 

One day, Diana notices something crash into her homeland; this turns out to be Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American soldier and a man, who Diana has never seen before. 

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman / Picture Credit: DC Films
Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman / Picture Credit: DC Films

After saving Steve, Diana learns of a terrible war taking place and destroying humanity; she decides to leave with Steve, and save the human race from Ares (David Thewlis), the god of war. 

Wonder Woman is, without being ‘preachy’, a stunning collection of scenes that pull together to showcase the power of women. The hero has always been a symbol of female strength, and this movie only backs that up even more. 

Gadot plays the heroine perfectly; she is strong yet sometimes clueless, fearless but afraid of losing those she’s come to love, fierce and naive at the same time. Diana shows that in order to be bold, you don’t have to lose your heart. 

The plot for this movie is perfect, as Diana seeks out the god of war and nothing else, but finds a team of men, including Steve, who show her the best of humanity, which causes not only her to fall in love, but the viewers, as well. 

Pine is given the role that a woman would usually have, as he stands by Diana as she barrels her way through 1918 in search of Ares; this works well as Steve also serves as her guiding hand in the new world she’s entered. 

Diana shows no fear / Picture Credit: DC Films
Diana shows no fear / Picture Credit: DC Films

With all the serious aspect this film adopts, such as war and a journey of self-discovery, Wonder Woman isn’t without its humour. 

It is always amusing to watch characters who aren’t familiar with humans’ ways traverse the world. Diana doesn’t really understand why women wear long dresses instead of armour, or why men and women hold hands (despite reading books on humans and love). 

She is a delightful character, thanks to Gadot, and as an audience member, you fall for her very fast as she is simply a lovable character. 

This can be hard to do, in the sense that Diana is meant to be a strong persona. She is all this and more, however, as she has humour, an appreciation for life, and a deep sense of justice. She looks at the world with hope, and the glint in her eye highlights this. 

Diana with her fellow soldiers / Picture Credit: DC Films
Diana with her fellow soldiers / Picture Credit: DC Films

Despite the drab colours of 1918, Diana shines through this like a flare in the dead of night; she really is a character to behold, especially in this movie, as her personal morals make her a genuinely admirable person. 

Jenkins was, evidently, the ideal director for this feature. She has a clear vision of how she wanted to represent Diana, and she definitely succeeded in making her a strong, relatable female character that many audience members can relate to. 

Seeing an actress that is already adored by many take on a role such as this one, is always wonderful to see. Gadot poured emotion and love into this role, something that always translates on the big screen. 

She inspires everyone she meets, evident by the group of men she has willingly, and bravely, followed into war. 

Wonder Woman was something of a revelation for DC. This movie quickly became one of the studio’s best, as fans raved about how perfect this feature actually was. It is a bold yet emotional film that proves that you can be a hero, no matter who you are or where you’re from. 

Watch the trailer for Wonder Woman below:

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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