Monday, 19 June 2017

50-SECOND MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder Woman’s mix of honour and heroics pack a punch

SECRET WEAPON: Gadot brings stunning physical attributes to the title role.

“SHE must never know the truth of who she is,” Queen Hippolyta cautions her sister Antiope (Robin Wright), in reference to her headstrong young daughter Diana (Gal Gadot), who insists on starting her training early to morph into one of the tough-as-nails Amazonian women that surround her on the gorgeous island they call home. Every day, she watches them with hawk-like fixation.  

Before long, Diana’s coming-of-age transformation into the warrior princess she was destined to become commences, and her evolution is the most riveting highlight of the action-packed and engrossingly spun Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), who breathes full-bodied life into the script supplied by Allan Heinberg and Zack Snyder. 

Jenkins elicits string turns from her cast. Gadot, who brings stunning physical attributes and real commitment to the titular role, offers a star-making performance – work that only gets more nuanced when she joins forces with Steve Trevor, a spy for British intelligence (Chris Pine, terrific) and heads to London with him to face ruthless German soldiers and square off against a mighty archvillain in “the war to end all wars.” 

There’s never a dull moment. In a nutshell, Wonder Woman is a gorgeously filmed and entertaining mix of selfless heroics, ancient mythology meets the modern world, honour and commitment to sworn duty. Tyrone’s Verdict: A- 

> Also playing at the Palace Cinemas: 

ALL EYES ON ME: The Tupac Shakur story gets its latest cinematic telling with this gritty mix of rap, redemption and life in the ’hood. 

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