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Stars: Gal Gadot, Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta), Robin Wright (Antiope), Chris Pine (Steve)

Directed by Patty Jenkins

Screenplay by Allan Heinberg

Story by Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs

Created by William Moulton Marston

In any film genre, it takes the right momentum and the perfect storm of director, writer(s) and cast. Film maker Patty Jenkins (Monster) has brought to light the pure essence of the Amazonian Princess. She does so without turning her into a superhero comic book. Gal Gadot is statuesque, SMART, beautiful and strong. She is neither a characterization or a footnote.

There were several incarnation of Woman Woman in live action format. Three comes to mind, Cathy Lee Crosby, Lynda Carter and Adrianne Palicki, or what I call the forgettable act, the revival act and the dreadful act.

Cathy Lee Crosby was a complete departure from the traditional look and feel of the Amazonian Princess. Her blonde hair and star spangle jumper did little to capture the imagination of the super heroine we all grew up to love and admire. She existed in one forgettable pilot.

Lynda Carter captured the essence of the statuesque beauty in the 1970s. She was SMART, strong and beautiful. The hair, make up and clothing of the inhabitants of “Paradise Island” was also true to the decade. There was no essence of the Amazonian lifestyle, dress or manners befitting “Warrior Women.” Still, Lynda Cater’s portrayal, with the lasso of truth (magic lasso) in tow, revived the essence of the super heroine.

Adrianne Palicki was a modern take on the super heroine. She fell way short of the mark, in a dreadful pilot created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). In this incarnation, Wonder Woman / Diana Prince is head of Themyscira, a large corporation. Leave this incarnation to things that make you go hmmmm.

Gal Gadot is perhaps the closest incarnation of the Amazonian Princess, a demi-goddess, created into a society of strong, SMART and beautiful women. Gal Gadot’s multitude of emotional range, especially when she experiences death (spoiler not revealed) is raw and goes to the core. The film also brings humour and levity, which Gal also embraces, such when Diana “Princess of Themyscira” sees a baby for the first time.

Wonder Woman is an important entree for girls and women into the world of super heroes. While the character was forged by DC Comics and creator William Moulton Marston, Patty Jenkins has secured her stature on the big screen for a new generation.

Wonder Woman opens Friday, 2 June 2017

NUGGETS: Robin Wright (Antiope)

INTERESTING: Diana Prince sees baby for the first time

REVEAL: Who is Ares?


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