Gal Gadot is the titular heroine in DC's blockbusting superhero reboot
So here it finally is, and it’s the real deal. Wonder Woman is a rollicking action-adventure in the tradition of Indiana Jones, with a fully functioning sense of humour and hands down the year’s most lip-smackingly evil baddie.
It has a wobbly opening on a women-only island where hot chicks in fabulous Ancient Greek sandals appear to have wandered in from a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign. The plot, too, is functional. But, unlike Batman, Wonder Woman (a terrific Gal Gadot) is not plagued by doomy angst. She’s good and kind, with a strong moral compass. A complex female character? Not exactly. But Gadot (who is ex-army and knows her way round a fight sequence) never once lets her become bland and simpering.
This is an origin story that’s a million miles from the moody dull-fest of Batman v Superman. Director Patty Jenkins lets the sunshine in. The punch-up at the end drags a bit, but the whole thing is carried along by charm and humour. The fish-out-of-water scenes as Wonder Woman arrives on Earth are hilarious. In London, she asks Pine’s loyal PA what a secretary does, and is horrified by the answer: “Where I’m from that’s called slavery.”