Wonder Woman (2009, animated)
Plot: After years of war, the Amazonian warriors now live in peace on the hidden island of Themyscira, away from all men. When the God of War Ares (Alfred Molina) escapes into the outside world, Princess Diana (Kerri Russell), along with a military pilot (Nathan Fillion), must stop him from ripping apart the modern world with war as Diana becomes the hero Wonder Woman.
This might be the best animated film I’ve seen since doing this series. Wonder Woman kicks ass. It opens in epic fashion as the Amazon warriors’ battle Ares’ forces. It’s bad ass action, complete with heads getting sliced off. The violence is brutal. The voice acting is fantastic. Alfred Molina is great as the villain Ares, but the two who steal the show are Queen Hippolyta (Virginia Madsen) and her sister Artemis (Rosario Dawson). The dialogue all around is spectacular, both well written and funny. Artemis probably has the funniest lines when it comes to Steve Trevor, the male pilot who discovers the hidden island.
Artemis: Her deal is that I will personally castrate you if you come within five yards of her.
Yikes. Themyscira is a rough place. Speaking of Themyscira, it’s basically like the Lost Island as it disappears and reappears at will. One of my favorite scenes though is on the island, as Queen Hippolyta holds a contest to see who will escort the pilot back to the outside world. There’s this awesome sequence where the warriors have to deflect arrows with their bracelets. The film is filled with a lot of these great moments. Ares has to go to the underworld to beg Hades to be released of his prisoner bracelets, but he also sees his dead son there as a slave to Hades. That’s a pretty heavy scene as Ares has to remain grateful to Hades as he watches him mistreat his dead son. The music is also solid, especially when Diana is born, which is another very well done scene. And the end battle is just spectacular. This movie got me really interested in Wonder Woman, and showed the potential for a pretty bad ass live action movie hopefully in the near future.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (Really Great)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Virginia Madsen as Hippolyta
-Her leadership is just booming out of her voice. A commanding voice performance here by Madsen.
Worst Performance: Keri Russell as Diana/Wonder Woman
-It’s not that she’s bad, but I just think out of everyone, I felt like she wasn’t as strong. It’s also because I really like the voice from the Justice League animated series quite a bit and I was disappointed it wasn’t that.
Best Line: “You know, Artemis, I found myself saying a little prayer for you last night…Yes, I prayed that Apollo would inspire you with a strategy that might end your rather long string of defeats at my hand.” –Diana to Artemis
-Wow, that’s some serious smack talk.
Worst Line: “Mr. President, the threat has been neutralized…It seems by a group of armored supermodels.”-President’s aid
-Armored supermodels…really? What a dumb line.
-Diana Vs Ares at the end is pretty intense. Poor Diana does get pummeled though. But we do get an awesome lightning bolt summon from Ares, solid Wonder Woman lasso attacks, and it ends with a nice swift head slice.
-I was surprised to see Hades so fat. He looked like Jabba the Hutt. He is voiced brilliantly by Oliver Platt though. I guess if you’re the God of the dead, you can let yourself go.
-The entire end battle outside the capital is pretty epic. Sword fights, monsters, arrows, lightning bolts, explosions, it’s all there.
-Diana kicking Trevor in the nuts. I just never want to see that. Come on, Diana.
-Take a look at this exchange of dialogue.
Hippolyta: What other depraved thoughts must you be thinking?
Trevor (under the lasso of truth): God, your daughter’s got a nice rack.
Artemis: Shall I kill him now, my queen.
It’s all about the delivery. Artemis just says this so matter of fact, like ‘so obviously, we’re going to kill him, right?’
Bad Ass Moment:
-Ares transforming into Super Ares was a site to see.