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Wonder Woman is an absolute triumph, the best DC film since The Dark Knight Rises, and a sincere and exciting showcase for Gal Gadot’s kickass heroine. While DC is often criticized for making dark and convoluted films, Wonder Woman is a story of hope, and tells a simple, but effective story about triumph over evil. Director Patty Jenkins creates some brilliant, stylized action sequences, but it’s the sincerity of the film, reminiscent of the 1978 Richard Donner classic Superman, that makes it so special.

Diana (Gal Gadot) has trained her entire life to defeat the wicked God Ares, and when American Pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on the island of the Amazonians, she embarks on a journey to save mankind from the Nazis in World War I. Gadot is the perfect hero, a timid and innocent character who’s simple nature of compassion remains completely relevant in a modern context. Also brilliant here is Pine, who warrants serious Oscar discussion for his witty, charming, all-American hero who teaches Diana of mankind’s faults.

The film isn’t perfect, as it’s 141 minute runtime is a tad too long, but as the film concludes it’s hard not to get swept up in the epic adventure. In between the action, there’s plenty of emotion, as the ending is genuinely touching, and the scenes between Gadot and Pine are among the film’s best. It’s a fun, classical adventure that will hopefully launch a new era of female centric superhero movies, and is a huge step forward for DC. Grade: B+