Wonder Woman

Year: 2017
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis

Written by Fiona Underhill

Usually I start a JumpCut review by discussing what drew me to the film and my expectations of it. However, there are two major shadows cast over this particular movie. 1) DC – believe me, I could write A LOT about previous DC films and how it has affected my expectations of ‘Wonder Woman’, however, I’m not going to. 2) Feminism – an endless stream of articles have been produced about what this film does or doesn’t do for women. It feels like the weight of half of the world is on Wonder Woman’s shoulders. However, I am going to endeavour (and I may fail) to write about this film on its merits as a standalone feature. 

After a brief prologue, we first encounter Diana (who will become the lovely Gal Gadot) as the only child in the city of Themyscira, a paradise peopled by the Amazons – a tribe of female warriors given the duty of guarding mankind. However, they have abandoned this cause (which they view as hopeless) and retreated to their secret and protected island. They remain highly skilled in combat and continue training, led by Antiope (Robin Wright) – their greatest warrior. Diana’s mother, Hippolyta (Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen), wishes to protect her daughter, but Diana is headstrong and has the urge to learn the ways of her people. This idyllic haven is punctured one day by a WWI fighter plane, which crashes into the waters just off the islands, followed by German troops in boats. This leads to a stunning beach-based fight scene, which frankly had me welling up with emotion. 

The pilot who has crashed into this mythical world is Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and he leads Diana on a mission to try to stop ‘Doctor Poison’ – a brilliant German scientist, from formulating a deadly gas that can dissolve gas masks. This is in what should be the dying days of The Great War, with politicians behind the scenes frantically negotiating their way towards Armistice. One of these politicians is Sir Patrick (a lovely surprise to see David Thewlis) and another beloved British actor in the London-based scenes is Lucy Davis (Dawn from The Office) as Steve’s secretary – Etta. Steve Trevor assembles a small band of rogues (including Charlie, played by Ewen Bremner), to attempt to stop the gas from getting as far as the trenches. 

Firstly, ‘Wonder Woman’ is full of humour. Much of this comes from the ‘fish-out-of-water’ Diana – a demi-god with little experience of the world of men, negotiating the world of war. Secondly, it is visually stunning. The action scenes are thrilling and yes, I will say it, this has a lot to do with the sheer glee of seeing a badass woman on screen in what could not be more of a man’s world. What to say about Gal Gadot? She is physical perfection and she does play Diana’s prowess, coupled with vulnerability and confusion very well. Chris Pine is playing a variation on Captain Kirk – sharp wit, ego, honour and the ability to be blown away by someone he underestimates. Coupling the world of superheroes with the world of twentieth century war does work surprisingly well (I will avoid mentioning one of my favourite Marvel films that does the same). 

Hopefully you have got the gist by now that I loved this film. It wasn’t perfect – there were moments of lull that made the film feel slightly too long, but it was definitely more exhilarating than boring. I am sure Diana will ‘play nicely with others’ in the upcoming DC ensemble films and I can’t wait to see what she does next. I hope she gets to have sequels in her own right – I will assuredly be turning up for them. It is thrilling that at long last, a female superhero in a film DIRECTED BY A WOMAN is getting her due (I warned you that I probably wouldn’t be able to reign it in). I urge you all to support this film in the all-important opening weekend – you won’t regret it. 

Fiona’s rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

The First ‘Wonder Woman’ Reactions Hit The Web – And They’re Positively Glowing!

The social media embargo for ‘Wonder Woman’ has lifted and bloggers and critics alike were quick off the mark to tweet their thoughts… and so far there’s nothing but love for Patty Jenkins’ film, to a lot of fans relief. Some are calling it the best film in the DCEU so far, with most praising Gal Gadot and Chris Pine’s performance. The positive buzz surrounding the film on Twitter this morning is exciting, with Jenkins herself tweeting out to thank everyone for their kind words.

Yesterday, fans in the USA had the chance to grab tickets to early preview screenings next week, so we can expect more reactions to fly onto Twitter when it’s screened. With this, we’ll also warn you that there will potentially be spoilers on Twitter, so next week might be a good week to utilise the mute feature if you want to dodge them. 

Below are a handful of tweets we’ve come across, but there are plenty out there! 

This Week In Film Trailers

Wonder Woman

With just under a month to go before ‘Wonder Woman’ is unleashed in cinemas across the globe, we are being treated to multiple new TV spots and posters, just in case you weren’t hyped up enough already. Fans of the TV Show ‘Gotham’ were treated to a sneak peek at ‘Wonder Woman’ on Monday night, which was shortly released online after it aired. This is one of my most anticipated films this year and with each trailer, TV spot, clip, and poster, my excitement continues to grow.

It’s been fantastic to see the support shown on social media for the film following some bloggers and websites questioning the films supposed lack of marketing in the lead up to it’s release. Daily I see people on Twitter counting down to it’s release, sharing the still, trailers and adverts, and generally spreading positivity and showing nothing but love for the film, cast, and crew.

“Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.”

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Dunkirk

After a countdown began on the official website earlier this week, Twitter began speculating when to expect a new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s latest film. The speculating didn’t last long, as Monday afternoon a Tweet emerged with a teaser clip announcing the arrival of the trailer today!  Each day this week a similar Tweet has been sent from the Dunkirk account which said ‘Time is running out’ and ended with #400000Men, #933Ships, #26Miles, and #9Days. Then this afternoon the brand new trailer was released online in all it’s glory. There’s just something about the ‘Dunkirk’ trailers so far that I just really admire and just makes me even more excited to see it. They never just focus on one character in particular, giving me a feeling that this film will have a number of individuals it may focus on in particular, amongst lots of scenes with lots of soldiers involved. 

“In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.”

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The Dark Tower

The highly sought after trailer for ‘The Dark Tower’ finally hit the web this week, and despite fans excitement and anticipation for it, it was met with some scepticism. Fans of the Stephen King novels thought that the tone and style of the film were different to what they had expected, but most were excited nonetheless.  Having not read the books (I know I know, they’re on my list!), I think the trailer looks pretty good, and I’m excited to see an Elba vs McConaughey showdown. 

“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.”

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Ritchie’s latest film is almost here and the final trailer was release his week, 2 weeks before the films hits the cinemas in the UK. Whilst there’s not much new footage amongst these TV spots, I think they do a really good job of sustaining peoples interest in seeing the film. There’s been quite a mixed reaction from those lucky enough to have already seen this at preview screenings, with numerous people saying they were slightly disappointing with it, and other praising Ritchie’s efforts.

“When young Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.”

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It Comes at Night

‘It Comes at Night’ looks like another promising film from A24, the studio that brought us the Academy Award winning ‘Best Picture’, ‘Moonlight’, and other fantastic films such as ‘Room’, ‘Ex Machina’, ‘The Witch’, and many more. The trailer focuses on Joel Edgerton’s character and his family, who live in isolation as an unknown threat has forced them to lock themselves away in fear. I thought this trailer was a fantastic first look at the film and looks like it could be another winner from A24. The trailer doesn’t hold back on the tension and some of you may want to avert your eyes at one but in particular… You’ll know which bit I mean when you see it. 

“Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.”

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Bonus: Blade Runner 2049

Now whilst the new trailer hasn’t been released yet, today we were treated with  surprise announcement that one is arriving Monday. What a way to start a week! 

Written by Tom Sheffield

The League Is United In The First Trailer For The Justice League

After trailer teasers started appearing on Thursday afternoon, DCEU fans have finally received the trailer they have been waiting for since the huge teasing in the SDCC footage last year. 

The 2 and a half minute trailer is full to the brim with action shots of the League doing their thing. We get a great look at all of them using their powers, and when Barry asks Bruce what his power is, he replies in the most Bruce Wayne way possible with the line “I’m rich..” . We also get a very quick look at Amy Adam’s return as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon! 

A lot of fans on Twitter were expecting a glimpse of Superman’s return in the trailer, but if they were to do this at any point during the marketing I would put my bets on it happening in the final trailer as the last big tease before the film’s release. Steppenwolf is also absent from the trailer, and again if he is to be revealed in any of the marketing, it will surely be closer to the release. 

A cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ fittingly plays in the background as we get a glimpse of more action shots, followed by Aquaman riding on top of the Batmobile and leaping towards some Parademons. 

I am hugely excited about seeing my favourite superheroes make their live action debut together on the big screen. Whilst many have their reservations, and for the most part I don’t blame them, I think this film could the one to restore some people’s faith in the DCEU. 

What are your thoughts on the trailer? 

‘Justice League’ lands in UK cinemas 17th November! 

Written by Tom Sheffield

First trailer for Wonder Woman

Fresh off the back of making a huge impression with a tiny amount of screen time in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, Wonder Woman gets a first trailer for her solo outing. And what a trailer! Quite rightly, it is largely a showcase for its titular character, and Gal Gadot absolutely shines as both Wonder Woman and her alter ego Diana Prince – we get lots of amazing shots of her in action, focusing on her powers, skills and weaponry. Not much is given away in terms of story, although the World War One setting is firmly established, and we get glimpses of Themyscira and the Amazonians. Another thing that struck me, is that the film looks visually stunning, as there is no sign of the dreary colour palette we’ve previously seen in the DCEU – please let it stay that way!

‘Wonder Woman’ is due in UK cinemas on 2nd June 201
Written by Emma Ditchburn

First Trailer For Justice League Drops at SDCC

‘Justice League’ is a film with a huge amount of pressure on it, in the wake of the hugely divisive ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, so this trailer has a lot of work to do. It has to deliver for fans of ‘Batman v Superman’ AND try to coax back those who were less than impressed with the DCEU’s second outing.

The signs are promising. The bleak colour palette is still on display, but the tone definitely seems lighter. Focusing on Bruce Wayne’s attempts at building said Justice League seems smart at this stage, giving us a chance to get to know each character a little better. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) makes a strong impression, although for me it is Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen who gets the best introduction. Cyborg (Ray Fisher) gets the smallest amount of screen time out of the three new characters – hopefully this will be rectified in future trailers. I’m also hoping that the Cyborg costume is still a work in progress (assuming it’s mainly CGI) as I’m not sold on that at this stage. All in all though this is a solid trailer that shows clear signs that lessons have been learned.

‘Justice League’ is due in UK cinemas on 17th November 2017
Written by Emma Ditchburn

Chris Pine Lands Wonder Woman Role

Hollywood heartthrob Chris Pine has landed himself a role in the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie set for release in 2017. Whilst he may not be my type, Pine’s guy-candy reputation has come good again as he is set to play Steve Trevor, love interest to the titular heroine.

It has been a long-running rumour that Pine would be picked for the role, but it was today confirmed that he will partner Gal Gadot in her solo movie. This will be the first female led superhero movie from DC since the infamous ‘Catwoman’ of 2004. We expect much better from this offering, and the inclusion of the ‘Star Trek’ actor can only be a good thing.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes