Wonder woman against the coke-sniffing Nazi general

Guess who’s been to see Wonder Woman late last night? After the massive hype surrounding the movie and seeing Wonder Woman (plus the costumes plastered all over Comic Con), I decided to see my favourite hero re-acted by Gal Gadot.
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OMG! Gal Gadot was amazing! Her features fit the bill, her tall frame and strong body match the one of Diana almost perfectly! The costume was pretty amazing too! (Even though we don’t see a lot of it as it was pretty revealing.

In the movie, we see how the sheltered princess of the Amazons decides to go and fight in the Great War (1914 one) when one of the soldiers breaks through the invisibility shield around their island and brings news of destruction and death.

Dianna decides to go and fight with him and kill Mars (Ares) – the God of War in an attempt to bring peace on Earth. Her ideal is noble but she is naïve, not having seen anything of the world (much like a cult child let outside the compound).
But she’s not as sheltered as you might expect – this is very well done (The 12 Volumes of Pleasure 🙂 ).

Steve Trevor: How do you know so much about… the pleasures of the flesh?
[Diana holds up her hand]

The movie is a great example of a hero’s journey, the character starts off with little knowledge of the outside world and ends up with a lot more (a new love, a lost love, a better knowledge of the human nature, hardship and pain).
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In one spine-chilling moment within her breathtakingly choreographed fight sequence with Ares, Diana rises from a fall, and virtually carries out her meteoric ascent, a symbolic assumption of her superhero status.

But in spite of the amount of physical tension and visual explosion, Jenkins balances the flavor by injecting humor and romance, utilizing them even in places where gripping action sequences are imminent. Chris Pine shines in his own moments, a remarkable feat for a character in a saga that seems to underscore women empowerment. There is a powerful moment where he grapples for words to ask for Diana’s help to win the war; he practically breaks down, a stirring and moving scene to behold. Part of the film’s colossal allure is its heart–it never loses it, doesn’t intend to, and it grows to more awe-inspiring forms as it reaches a resonating, albeit predictable, resolution.

Bad parts in the Wonder Woman Movie

1. The dialogue sometimes made me want to throw up a little.

It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.

It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do.

2. The Feminist vibe the movie gives you is quite strong. I understand that she is a strong and independent woman and there are several places where Steve tells her to stay behind him (fight in the alley, before going into the castle). I mean, it’s mostly fabricated conflict as he had already seen how well she can defend herself on the battlefield… So why tell her not to do anything?

S: I can’t let you do this…
D: What I do is not up to you.

3. They do not explain how Steve got from a Turkish base via a plane to the Island (how many miles did he fly out before he crashed?) and then from that position in what I assume is the Mediterranean sea next to Greece (due to the Greek Myths), how long did it take them to get to London? They made it look like a one-night’s sleep only but their boat had no motor and sailing time in ye olden days would have been months!

4. Did Diana pay for the dress she cracked by lifting her leg? 🙂

5. When Diana runs off from the Nazi party, she was wearing a blue dress that she discards when riding, showcasing her superhero costume which was underneath. ummm, her dress was backless, you could have seen the costume if she was wearing one!

6. When Diana is running outside (in that blue dress with the sword behind her), the sword is not sheathed meaning her beautiful behind would have been in tatters 🙂

Best parts about the Wonder Woman Movie

Dialogue was sometimes funny

S: Have you never met a man before? What about your father?
D: I had no father. My mother sculpted me from clay and I was brought to life by Zeus.
S: Well that’s neat.

Themyscira

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Themyscira is the island nation of the Amazons, it allegorizes the safety and security of the home where women thrived apart from the hostile, male-dominated work place. It is governed by Aphrodite’s Law, which stated that “Under penalty of death, no Man may set foot on Themyscira.”

The Amazons were gifted immortality. The people of Themyscira lived forever, though could be killed in war or in an accident. Those who followed Antiope and Phthia and became the Bana-Mighdall lost their immortality.
So long as the Amazons stay on Themyscira, she does not require food, water or any other form of nourishment to maintain her health and vitality. Although they are not susceptible to the throes of hunger, this does not mean that Amazons don’t consume food for enjoyment. The Amazons frequently hold great festivals whereupon food is served.

The Amazon’s Training

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The Amazons honed their skills in many fields, aided by the gifts from Athena and Artemis.

  • Archery
  • Equestrianism
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
  • Swordsmanship

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The Shield, the Truth Lasso and other weapons

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The movie stayed true to the Wonder Woman weapons and included her:

Bracelets of Submission
Modeled after the shackles the Amazons were once enslaved with. The gauntlets were formed from the remains of Zeus’s legendary Aegis shield, and were re-forged for her use by Hephaestus. Diana’s superhuman reflexes enable her to use the gauntlets to easily deflect projectiles (such as bullets) and powerful energy blasts from beings such as Ares. She is even fast enough to protect herself from multi-vector attacks. At close-range the gauntlets block blades, weapons and punches.

When crossed, the gauntlets generate a remnant of the Aegis itself, forming an impenetrable barrier just in front of them which allows Diana to protect herself and those behind her from area attacks. They are also capable of channeling Zeus’ holy lightning when struck together.

Gold Armor
For use in large battles, Wonder Woman has a golden body armor with chest plate, pteruges, greaves, an open visor helmet, and large, non-functional wings on her back.

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Lasso of Truth
The Lasso of Truth is her signature weapon. Most who are captured in it are forced to answer any questions she asks and are unable to lie. It cannot be broken, snapped or cut. She can also control it to a certain degree using telepathy. It can also be used to erase memories, heal the mentally ill (in some cases),and implant commands that must then be obeyed.

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The lasso was formed from Aphrodite’s girdle, which made it indestructible and its magical properties were granted by the Goddess herself. The powers forced whomever was bound within it to obey the commands of whomever held the other end.

This effect could be used on larger groups of people, although this reduced its efficiency. In addition to being unbreakable, the lasso was also infinitely elastic.

Eventually, Diana coated it in special Amazon chemicals that allowed it to transform her civilian clothes into Wonder Woman’s garb. Diana demonstrated a remarkable level of skill with the lasso, performing such feats as twirling it to create air currents (upon which she could float) and spinning it to emit certain frequencies that disrupted Felix Faust’s spells.

The Lasso was forged by the god Hephaestus from the Golden Girdle of Gaea that was once worn by Antiope, sister of the future Queen Hippolyta. The lasso is completely unbreakable, immutable, and indestructible. The Lasso also appears to be able to alter in length, based on it’s wielder’s needs.
It is able to restore people’s lost memories, hypnotize people, get rid of illusions, and people who are in its circumference will be protected from magical attacks. Empowered by the Fires of Hestia, the Lasso forces anyone held by it to tell and understand the absolute truth. Recently, the Lasso has been shown to actually transport Diana’s mind into that of whomever is tied within it. Its effects can be very dangerous, as not everyone is capable of facing the truth of their actions stripped bare of excuses. The Amazon Artemis, inexperienced with the use of the lasso, inadvertently drove a man to suicide after tying him in it, and the Lasso reduced both Captain Nazi and Ares, God of War, to tearful surrender by revealing to them the truth of their violent actions.

With Wonder Woman’s strength and speed, the lasso can be used as an offensive and defensive weapon.

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