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Wonder Woman: Warrior princess fights to escape syrupy comic caper

 

By Damon Smith

Diana (Gal Gadot) is an Amazonian princess, who lives on the island of Themyscira under the benevolent rule of her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen).

During the First World War, handsome US Army spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash-lands in the sea close to the island and Diana rescues him from a watery grave.

He tells the Amazons about the conflict with the Germans, whose forces are marshalled by iron-fisted General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston).

Horrified by mankind's self-destruction, Diana bids tearful farewell to her clan and travels to London, where Steve introduces her to his plucky secretary Etta (Lucy Davis) and two shady associates: con man Sameer (Said Taghmaoui) and hard-drinking sniper Charlie (Ewen Bremner). Together, they head to the front to wreak havoc on General Ludendorff and his mad scientist, Doctor Maru (Elena Anaya).

Wonder Woman is a muscular introduction to the DC Comics warrior princess, which employs a framing device that dovetails neatly with last summer's superhero smackdown, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Gadot is positively luminous but the simplistic script doesn't test her acting mettle and she struggles to scrape off syrup from the film's central assertion that love alone can defeat war. Pine fans the flames of a romantic subplot with a twinkle in his blue eyes.

Three stars

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