Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Animated Wonder Woman DVD

In a nutshell....A war is raging between the Amazons and the war god, Ares, and Zeus charges them to hold him prisoner as eternally young warriors on the hidden island of Themyscira. Centuries later, US Air Force pilot Steve Trevor is lured to crash land on the island and the distraction of that trespass allows Ares to escape. The Amazons decide to hold a contest to choose an amazonian chapion to travel to the world of man and become a protector there. Diana (or Wonder Woman), queen Hypoltyas daughter wish to compete for this chance, but her mother wouldn't allow it. In response, Princess Diana disguises herself as an amazonian sodier and wins the responsibility to both take Trevor home and recapture the fugitive god, and is given the honor of holding the title of Wonder Woman. Steve Trevor offers to help and together this disparate pair must not only overcome Ares' efforts to achieve a bloody revenge, but also reconcile their own conflicting world views in an adventure that would be the first for the greatest of the female superheroes.

In my opinion, this animated film released by Dc Warner Bros. is by far the best animated film to date. DC is definatly getting more and more violent with thier animated films as time goes on. The war at the beginning of the film is quite brutal, even for animation. There are also a few sexually related comments made concerning Wonder Womans breasts (of course). I can understand the PG-13 rating. now as adults, the violence is not mind blowing. Especially when the punches and kicks landed have an earth shattering echo throughout the valley's. (we are going for effect of course.) but the representation of violence to the degree it's held in Wonder Woman can is still worthy of the PG-13 rating.

The story adaption is ok, but not incredible. The story in an of itself is a fun and epicd origin story, but this particular adaptation of it I felt was a little below what it could have been. That's probably due to the fact that it's an animated film and meant to attracted to younger adults however. If they were to do the film in a very tragic and dark way...the way I prefer my super hero films...The younger generation might not be as eagar to watch it.

The animation in and of itself is really quite good. It's no pixar, but for a DVD release only film, it's quite detailed. There are times during the dialoge scenes where you'll feel liek your just watching a saturday morning cartoon, but the action sequences are very remarkable, which is what appealed to me the most about this film.

Now, as im sure all of your know, Wonder Woman is my girl...or woman I should say. What I like about her is the fact that she doesn't behaive like a teeanged girl. Supergirl, Vixen, Wondergirl, etc etc etc, they all act as if the world around them is collapsing and they have no idea how to handle it. Apart from Powergirl and Black Canary, Wonder Woman is the only superheroine that doesn't buckle under the pressure and behaives like your streotypical "weak" woman. However, in this animated film, Wonder Woman has a semblance of a little girl attitude. She never acts like she doesn't know what she's doing and has all the confidence in the world. But there are alot of times where she behaives like an annoying teenaged girl. However it was so bad that I couldn't enjoy the film.

Overall, the film was enjoyable and entertaining, especially for an animated film. A few gripes here and there but nothing major. I give it a strong 3.5 stars. Now, keep this in mind, if I were to watch this with my my non comic book friends, most of them would find it fun but not really that great of a film. But with my comic book friends, they would all most likely it find entertaining and one of the best animated super hero films to date. If you have netflix, go ahead and put it on your queue, or go rent it.

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