#WonderWoman movie review

Kapan terakhir kali Anda menyaksikan film superhero wanita? Saya gak tau apakah Anda mempertimbangkan film Elektra yang diperankan Jennifer Garner dan Catwoman yang diperankan Halle Berry sebagai film superhero, buat saya yang mudah diingat hanya film Supergirl (1984) dengan bintang Helen Slater dan Faye Dunaway, itupun masuk kategori film yang buruk jika dibandingkan dengan film Superman (1978) yang diperankan Christopher Reeves. Tahun ini seorang superhero wanita (akhirnya) naik ke layar lebar, Wonder Woman yang disutradarai Patty Jenkins, FINALLY…..

Mungkin ada yang ingat dengan foto diatas ini yang muncul sekilas di film Batman v Superman. Foto inilah yang menjadi dasar cerita film Wonder Woman arahan Patty Jenkins, meskipun ada penampakan Wayne Enterprises sayangnya di film ini tidak ada penampakan sang Batman seperti di film Suicide Squad.

Princess Diana of Themyscira alias Diana Prince diperankan oleh Gal Gadot dan didampingi Chris Pine yang memerankan mata-mata bernama Steve Trevor. Film ini menceritakan asal usul Diana serta peranan Wonder Woman dalam perang dunia kesatu yang diduga disebabkan oleh Ares si dewa perang (David Thewlis). Diana meminta Steve untuk mengantarkannya ke tengah medan perang agar bisa menghadapi Ares langsung untuk mengalahkannya agar perang segera berakhir. Berhasilkah Wonder Woman menghentikan perang dunia? Tentu saja…. tidak.

Kenapa film Wonder Woman baru dibuat setelah adanya 7 film Superman dan 8 film Batman? Padahal mereka dari team yang sama… Kayaknya sih ada kekhawatiran Hollywood terkait gender, persis seperti pertanyaan saya di paragraf paling awal. Saya rasa kini kehadiran Wonder Woman telah menepis anggapan bahwa film superhero wanita bisa dibuat bagus dan mendulang banyak uang. Dari settingan kumpulan superhero DC Expanded Universe yang sednag berjalan, film Wonder Woman (saat ini) adalah yang terbaik. Gal Gadot dan Chris Pine tampil dengan chemistry yang pas sehingga enak dilihat sepanjang film. Khusus untuk Gal Gadot, meskipun dia tidak se-memorable Lynda Carter yang mempopulerkan serial tivinya tahun 80an, Gadot saya anggap masih cukup layak membawakan karakter Wonder Woman plus enak dilihat.

Cerita yang dibuat Zack Snyder, Allan Heindberg & Jason Fuchs mengalir dengan baik dari awal hingga akhir dan faktor cerita inilah yang menjadi kekuatan film Wonder Woman. Dan yang paling penting menurut saya adalah soundtracknya yang dikomandoi Rupert Gregson-Williams. Yang paling juara adalah theme song si Wonder Woman ini, dibuat oleh Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL yang pertama kali terdengar saat ia siap bertarung dengan Doomsday di film BvS. Ketika theme song yang menghentak ini terdengar maka she’s ready to kick ass



Overall, Wonder Woman adalah film (super)heroine yang telah dinantikan selama lebih dari 75 tahun dan hasilnya lebih baik dari film Batman atau Superman. Lha wong di film BvS aja yang jadi perbincangan adalah kehadiran Wonder Woman dan bukan jagoan yang lainnya dari DC. Kehadiran Wonder Woman bisa jadi pemanasan untuk superhero wanita berikutnya yang siap untuk diproduksi dan dirilis ke publik, baik itu dari DC maupun dari Marvel. Film ini telah berhasil membuktikan bahwa kisah superhero wanita bisa diterima lebih baik dan terutama bisa menghasilkan uang yang banyak.

 

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When was the last time you watched a female superhero movie?

I don’t know if you consider Elektra  starring Jennifer Garner and Catwoman played by Halle Berry as a superhero movie, but for me, I can only remember Supergirl (1984) starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway, I think Supergirl is terrible compare to Superman movie (1978) played by Christopher Reeves. This year a female superhero (eventually) climbs up to the big screen, Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. FINALLY…..

If you noticed, the black & white photo above appears briefly in the movie Batman v Superman. This photo is the basis for the story of Wonder Woman movie, delivered for Diana as a nostalgic token from Bruce Wayne. although there is a glimps of Wayne Enterprise, unfortunately in this film there is no sighting of the Batman as he appeared in the movie Suicide Squad.

Princess Diana of Themyscira aka Diana Prince played by Gal Gadot and accompanied by Chris Pine who plays the spy named Steve Trevor. This film tells the origin of Diana and the role of Wonder Woman in world war event. Diana believe that this war allegedly caused by Ares the god of war. Diana ask  Steve to take  her into the middle of the battlefield to be able to face Ares directly to defeat him in order for the war to end soon. Did Wonder Woman Stop World War..?

Of course not.




Why the new Wonder Woman movie was made after the 7 Superman movies and 8 Batman movies?  I think there is a gender concern from Hollywood, just like my question in the first paragraph. Maybe they think a female superhero is not profitable or worthy for production or some other reasons that we don’t know. I personally don’t care. But now  Wonder Woman has dismissed the notion that a female superhero film can be made nice and making a lot of money. Compared to a set of superhero movies of DC Expanded Universe, Wonder Woman is the best movie (so far). Gal Gadot and Chris Pine perform with a nice chemistry that is good to see throughout the movie. Especially for Gal Gadot, although she is not as memorable as Lynda Carter who popularized the 80’s television series, I think Gadot is still quite worthy to bring Wonder Woman characters to the next level, plus.. she do looks gorgeous in that costume.

The story made by Zack Snyder, Allan Heindberg & Jason Fuchs flow well from beginning to end and the story is the powerful element of this movie. And also, one of the most important element to me is the soundtrack that commandeered by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The Wonder Woman theme song, created by Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL, that I first heard when she was ready to fight in BvS, is one of the best and powerful theme song I’ve ever heard. When this stomping theme song is playing it means that she’s ready to kick ass …

Overall, Wonder Woman is a the best (super) heroine movie for more than 75 years in the making and the result is better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even in the movie BvS she did steal the moment. Wonder Woman’s presence could be a warm-up for the next female superhero ready to be produced and released to the fans, both from DC or Marvel. This film has proven that the story of a female superhero with the right cast and director can be well received by the audience and can mainly generate a lot of money.

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