WONDER WOMAN Summary
Wonder Woman opens with Diana Prince in Paris. We see the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Pyramid in front of the Louvre. A vehicle from (Bruce) Wayne Enterprises delivers a picture taken during World War I. Then, we flash back to Diana's childhood on the island of Themyscira. Diana is an Amazon, intrigued by combat and training. Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson) is protective of her daughter and hopes she never has to fight. Hippolyta sculpted Diana from clay, and Zeus brought her to life. Hippolyta recounts how Ares, the god of war, rebelled and killed all the gods except Zeus. Hippolyta takes young Diana to a tower and shows her the sword known as the God Killer. Time passes, and Antiope (Robin Wright) begins to train Diana. Antiope knows Ares is alive and will return. Grown-up Diana (Gal Gadot) stands on a cliff looking into the Aegean Sea. Steve Trevor's (Chris Pine) plane crashes into the water, and Diana dives in to save him. She drags him to the beach. She has never seen a man! The German's are pursuing Trevor because he is a spy and has stolen Dr. Isabel Maru's (Dr. Poison) book of formulas. There is a battle on the beach, and the Germans are no match for the Amazons. But Antiope is killed with her final word being "God Killer!" Hippolyta thinks Trevor is a German and wants to kill him. Diana assures her mother that he fought on her side. The Lasso of Truth compels Trevor to tell his story. He infiltrated the Germans, grabbed Dr. Poison's book and ran. Trevor tells the women about the war to end all wars, and Diana is certain that Ares is behind the conflict. Trevor bathes in healing water. Diana climbs the tower to get the God Killer. No easy task even for her! Gal Gadot looks like Wonder Woman! She and Steve leave the island by boat after a touching goodbye scene with her mother. Hippolyta gives her Antiope's tiera, and it is off to the war! Diana and Steve have some sex talk on the boat while sailing to London. They pass under the Tower Bridge, which I crossed on foot. Enter Erich Ludendorff (a real general in World War I) and his deadly chemist! Dr. Poison creates the mustard gas for which the war is famous. We meet Etta Candy, Steve's secretary and a comic character, who helps Diana choose appropriate clothes. Gal Gadot is charming as she tries on various outfits. She is stunning in her hat and glasses. Steve and Diana are followed and have to fight off assailants. Thank goodness for "bullets and bracelets!" The couple deliver the stolen notebook to Steve's superiors, and we encounter Sir Patrick Morgan (who is actually Ares). Diana translates the formulas written in Sumerian. Amazons know hundreds of languages! Diana is still convinced Ares is behind the war. She and Steve head for the front after Steve enlists the help of 3 oddballs. These are Sammy (a womanizer), Charlie (a marksman) and the Chief (a smuggler). Sammy likes women and when Wonder Woman does her thing, he is "both frightened and aroused." Steve wants to destroy a second weapons facility. At the front, Diana confronts the horrors of war! It is trench warfare. Frustrated by the lack of progress, she transforms herself into Wonder Woman and leads the charge across "no man's land." It is an inspiring scene with Wonder Woman taking all the fire, deflecting it with her shield. Goddess Gadot! She has that look! We stare into her eyes! Or does she stare into ours? She uses her lasso, tossing Germans left and right. That eerie music from the soundtrack starts, and Wonder Woman demonstrates her strength. The Belgium town of Veld is liberated, and a period of calm follows. A picture is taken, the same one we saw at the beginning of the movie. Sammy says he wanted to be an actor but is the wrong color. Charlie sings and plays the piano. It starts snowing as Steve and Diana get romantic. They dance, then retire to an upstairs room where they make love. Diana now believes Ludendorff is Ares and sets out to kill him. She thinks it will stop the war. They crash the German high command's party. Gal is gorgeous in the blue dress! Diana and Ludendorff dance. Steve and Dr. Poison talk. Steve wants to find and destroy the gas. Diana realizes that all men are to blame for war, not just the Germans and not just Ares. As Wonder Woman, she follows Ludendorff and kills him. But the war continues! Great quote: "It's not about what you deserve. It's about what you believe." Suddenly, Sir Patrick shows! He is Ares! An epic fight ensues: Wonder Woman versus Sir Patrick! The God Killer proves useless, and Ares says only a god can kill another god. Steve hijacks the plane carrying mustard gas to London. He blows it up while sacrificing his own life. Ares is a formidable foe, even for Wonder Woman, providing the comic book violence so prevalent in modern movies. Steve gives Diana his watch to remember him by before running down the plane. She watches the plane explode and Steve die, and this gives her the adrenaline to defeat Ares. Gadot expresses emotions well. She was born to play Wonder Woman! She conveys her passion! Steve tells Diana he can save the day, but she can save the world. "I love you!" are his last words. With Ares' demise, the war ends. Should our history books give Wonder Woman credit for stopping World War I? We cut to celebrations and flag-waving in London. Diana touches a picture of Steve next to his plane. It is the present again, and she confides that only love can save the world. She has found her mission! Forever! Gal Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman. At 5'10", she has those long legs. She served in the Israeli army and is very physical. The Wonder Woman sequel will be set in the 1980s. It will hit theaters in November, 2019. Patty Jenkins will direct.
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Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and first appeared in 1942. Marston used the pseudonym, Charles Moulton. He was a psychologist and also invented the lie detector. Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and her movie is set during World War I. Gadot is skinny as a rail, although she does have a look. Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) is from the island of Themyscira. Some say Paradise Island. I compiled a list of 25 Wonder Woman candidates and wanted Bridget Regan to get the part. Warner Brothers owns DC Comics. DC originally stood for Detective Comics.
In an era when movies are loud and violent, Wonder Woman has a humanness about it. And unlike other superhero films, there is genuine humor. Patty Jenkins directed. Zack Snyder came up with the story. Mythology and history mix and, of course, all stories have inconsistencies. Wonder Woman was a little girl, then became a woman in her mid-20s. Will she continue to age? Hippolyta did! Are not the Amazons immortal? We must realize this is fantasy. Wonder Woman is a fictional character.
Gal Gadot is actually a great Wonder Woman. She has that look! She is Jewish, from Israel, and served in the Israeli army. She has a sweet smile as well as an intimidating scowl. Marksman Charlie, smooth-talking Sammy and Chief are comic characters. Sammy has one of the best lines: "I'm both frightened, and aroused," responding to Diana's physical prowess. Etta Candy is Steve Trevor's secretary and helps Diana find a suitable outfit while in London. Gadot is stunning in her hat and glasses! She is in modern-day Paris when the movie begins.
Wonder Woman was sculpted out of clay by her mother, Hippolyta, and brought to life by Zeus. We are shown her origin. 8-year-old Lilly Aspell plays the young Diana. Connie Nielsen is Hippolyta. Robin Wright (Jenny in Forrest Gump) is Antiope. Antiope trains Diana to fight but is killed on the beach during the battle with the Germans.
Chris Pine is Steve Trevor. When Trevor's plane goes down off the coast of Themyscira, Diana dives in the water and pulls him to safety. Trevor tells Diana about the war and takes her to London, then to the front. We see images associated with the war: trench warfare, poison gas & no man's land. It is ironic that while men cannot cross no man's land, a woman can. And she is awesome in her armor and tiara as she deflects German fire.
The film uses Bullets and Bracelets and the Lasso of Truth (also known as the Lasso of Hestia). Diana uses her lasso to make Trevor confess that he is a spy. Germans are the perennial bad guys, Warner Brothers being Jewish. It is a stretch to think women with bows and arrows could defeat Germans with guns, but these are Amazons. Is Themyscira in the Aegean? The Ottomon Empire is nearby, and it is there that Steve Trevor steals Doctor Poison's book.
Diana and Steve Trevor dance in the snow and spend the night together. We assume they have sex. Diana is curious about Steve's penis when he rises naked from his bath early in the film. He changes the subject by alluding to the watch given to him by his father. He gives the watch to Diana as a memento before blowing himself up in the plane. He tells her he wishes they had more time. The chemistry between Gadot and Pine accounts for much of Wonder Woman's success.
We think Ludendorff is Ares, the god of war, only to learn that Sir Patrick is Ares. Wonder Woman finally kills Ares, and the war ends. It is after Steve Trevor sacrifices his life by blowing up the plane with the poison gas that Wonder Woman summons the strength to defeat Ares. I wondered what was in the back of Diana's blue dress upon meeting Ludendorff. It was the Godkiller sword.
Wonder Woman is the ultimate movie. I thought it would be made in the mid-90s. It took another generation! The movie apparently begins in the 1980s because that is when the sequel will take place. Diana looks at the picture taken after the liberation of Veld and recalls her experiences in World War I.