Wonder Woman (US, 2017)

Game changer?

The top three movies at the North American box office last year all featured female protagonists (the others were the latest Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast). Whether Hollywood, which tends to follow the money, will at last conclude that female centred films are winners remains to be seen. Director Patty Jenkins has explained (here) how she feminised the action movie and she’s produced a witty, occasionally thrilling, convincing riposte to any fanboys who think women shouldn’t have a prominent role in action cinema. Mad Max: Fury Road  was one film that drew the ire of boys who feel women don’t belong in the ‘genre’ – for example.

Chris Pratt is excellent support and plays the (slightly) punctured male ego with skill whilst Gal Gadot has old school charisma and would be interesting to see in civvies. Incidentally the scene where she has to try on women’s clothing from the early 20th century is very funny.

I’m not very interested in superhero films but was glad to enjoy this one.

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