Happi 150th Birthday Canada!!!!
Despite having an AM shift, at least I had the afternoon to gear up in my Canada Day outfit (which I got during my Vancouver trip), and had a nice dinner at Pacific Plaza.
A gorgeous women warrior, strong and beautiful, wielding swords and arrows, fighting for love and compassion; and how my friends gushed, how can i pass by the chance to watch this movie!
I came in 5 minutes late, because dinner took longer than expected, then I just had to get popcorn, which i wished was as good as the movie…
The movie opens with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in modern day Paris at the Louvre as a Wayne Enterprise van pulls up and delivers a briefcase. Inside is a photograph of Diana with four men during World War I, and a note from Bruce saying he would like to hear the story behind it.
Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world. This beautiful place. But I knew so little then.
Who you are is more difficult when the truth has been revealed. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.
Diana (Lily Aspell) grew up on a hidden island of Themyscira, home of the mighty Amazonians a race of women warriors, and watched the them training under General Antiope (Robin Wright). Her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), forbids her daughter from training, and reprimands her sister Antiope, that it is not their war, that they are peaceful on the island and training her will lead “him” to find them faster.
Hippolyta: Fighting does not make you a hero.
Young Diana: What if I promise to be careful? Just as you’ve been.
Young Diana: No sharp edges.
That night, while tucking Diana into bed, Queen Hippolyta tells her a story of their origin. Zeus created mankind to worship him and the Amazons to bridge an understanding between mankind. Zeus’ son, Ares the god of war, corrupted mankind, led them to war with each other in battle, and killed the other gods that fought back. Zeus confined Ares to the world of man and forged a weapon that could kill him once and for all, then he created the home for Amazons to stay immortal and to hide from the rest of the world. Queen Hippolyta shows Diana the sword known as the Godkiller, and hopes there will never be a time where it needs to be used.
Hippolyta: The gods gave us many gifts. One day you’ll know them all. This is where we keep them. Go inside.
Young Diana: It’s beautiful. Who would wield it?
Hippolyta: Only the fiercest among us even could. And that is not you, Diana.
As Diana grows older, she secretly trains with Antiope, and when they are caught by Hippolyta who she finally relents on one the condition.
Hippolyta: You will train her harder than any amazon before her. Five times harder. Ten times harder, until she is better than even you. But she must never know the truth about what she is. Not ever.
Antiope kept the bargain and trains her intensely until she reaches adulthood. During one session, Diana shows she has surpassed other Amazons, and Antiope fights her.
Antiope: You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know. Harder! You’re stronger than this, Diana. Again!
When Diana beats Antiope, she looks over to Hippolyta for encouragement, and being distracted gave Antiope the moment to push her down.
Antiope: Never let your guard down! You expect a battle to be fair! A battle will never be fair!
With Antiope fiercely attacking Diana with her sword, she brings her gauntlets together and created a force so strong it throws Antiope off the ground. Diana feels remorseful for having hurt Antiope, but Antiope is far from upset. Diana runs off to the cliffs for a moment alone, when she sees a plane break through the barrier to Themyscira and crashes into the ocean, and the pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) struggles to free himself from his seat and almost fails until Diana dives off the cliff to save him and drags him to shore. Upon studying his features, Diana realises…
Diana: You’re a man…
Steve Trevor: Yeah, I mean, do I not look like one?
The German soldiers in pursuit of the pilot, sees a wreckage of the plane and follows it into the barriers. Hippolyta and the Amazons arrive to see Diana and Steve, but also the German soldiers who made it to shore. Antiope and is mighty warriors ride in with their and fires their arrows against Germans’ rifles. The Germans are taken out easily, but the Amazons sustain a few deaths as well to Diana’s horror. Steve also grabs a gun and helps fight off the Germans. Antiope calls for “shield” as she takes a running start and deflects of her fellow Amazons’ shield to jump high in the air as she shoots three arrows, each taking out their targets (My fav scene, eeeeks!!!). A german soldier aims at Diana, but Antiope sees this and intervenes, taking the bullet instead. Diana runs to her side in sorrow, Antiope tells her it’s time she wields the Godkiller.
Some of the Amazons wanted to kill Steve and restore the peace, but they also realise they can get information through him. Steve is interrogated before all the Amazons by Queen Hippolyta under the Lasso of Truth, a golden glowing rope with properties of sodium pentothal, as he is forced to confess he is a spy.
Queen Hippolyta: Who are you?
Steve Trevor: My, uh, name is Captain Steve Trevor, a pilot, American Expeditionary Forces, serial number 8141921, that’s all I’m at liberty to…(the Amazonian tightens the rope and Steve is forced to continue) assigned British Intelligence. What the hell is this thing?
Diana: The Lasso of Hestia compels you to reveal the truth.
Steve Trevor: But it’s really hot.
Hippolyta: What is your mission?
Steve Trevor: To stop the war!
Diana: What war?
Steve Trevor: The war to end all wars! Weapons far deadlier than you can imagine! Whoever you are, you are in more danger than you realize!
Hippolyta: What is your mission?
Steve Trevor: I’m a… (he tries hard to hold in the words, but cannot) I’m a spy! I’m a spy. I’m a spy.
Steve confesses to being a spy with the Allied forces, and explains how he was sent to spy of German’s plans, where he learns of a sinister plan by General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and Dr Isabel Maru (Elena Anaya) are concocting a new bioweapon which Steve claims is “unlike anything he’s seen before”.
Steve Trevor: The boys in the trench called her Dr. Poison. Millions will die if the war would never end.
Unable to just stand by and not do anything despite orders, Steve steals Maru’s notebook and tries to sneak away but was sighted by Dr. Maru who ordered the German soldiers to pursue. Steve flies away on a plane while bombing some of German’s other planes. Diana feels this is the work of Ares.
Steve is allowed to bathe in the Amazons’ fountain to replenish himself and his wounds heal. Diana walks in and accidentally sees him nude.
Diana Prince: What is that?
Steve Trevor: That… Oh! That is a watch.
Diana Prince: What does it do?
Steve Trevor: It tells the time. It tells you when to sleep, to eat…
Diana Prince: That tiny thing tells you what to do?
(Isn’t that such a sad truth, we let ourselves be bogged down by simple thing as a watch and what others’ schedules, but unfortunately we don’t live on Thymescira)
Steve Trevor: What is this place? Who are you people?
Diana Prince: We are a bridge to a greater understanding.
Steve Trevor: Right.
Diana asks why Steve was doing all this, to which he responds..
Steve Trevor: My father told me once, he said, “If you see something wrong happening in the world, you can either do nothing, or you can do something”. And I already tried nothing.
Late that night, Diana empty handedly leaps and scales the tower keep and grabs her shield, lasso, her battle suit and finally takes the Godkiller from it’s holding. She sneaks out to meet Steve at the shore and tells him she will help him get home if he takes her to Ares. Queen Hippolyta and other Amazons approach them, and is helpless to stop Diana who insists she must go and stop Ares and end the war.
Diana: I am going mother
Queen Hippolyta: You know that if you choose to leave, you may never return.
Diana: Who will I be if I stay?
Queen Hippolyta: Be careful in the world of men, Diana. They do not deserve you. (She tearfully embraces her daughter one last time as she tells her) You have been my greatest love. Today, you are my greatest sorrow.
Queen Hippolyta: This belonged to the greatest warrior who ever lived.
Diana receives Antiope’s tiara. As Diana and Steve depart on a boat, the Amazons ask whether Hippolyta will reveal to her her identity, to which Hippolyta confides that Diana can’t know what she really is, or else Ares will find her faster.
On the boat, Steve tries to talk Diana out of going to the front,
Steve: This war is a great big mess, and there’s not a whole lot you and i can do about that. i mean, we can get back to London and try to get to the men who can.
Diana: I am the man who can.
Steve sets up for sleeping, by making a nice comfy pile on the helm on the boat for Diana as he tries to strap himself to one side. Diana asks him to “sleep with her”, which he eventually does when he finds how out how uncomfortable he position is.
Diana Prince: I’ve read all 12 volumes of Clio’s treatises on pleasure.
Steve: All 12, huh?
Steve: Did you bring any of those with you?
Diana: You won’t like them. They came to the conclusion that men are essential for procreation, but when it comes to pleasure… unnecessary.
Steve: Have you never met a man before? What about your father?
Diana: I had no father. My mother sculpted me from clay and I was brought to life by Zeus.
Steve: Well, that’s neat.
Eventually, they fall asleep and Diana wakes up as they sail into London,
Steve: Welcome to jolly old London
Diana: (upon seeing it for the first time) It’s hideous!
Steve: Yeah, it’s not for everybody.
Diana: To the war!
Steve: Technically, the war is that way (points behind him) but first we got to go THIS way…
Steve convinces Diana that they have to hand over Maru’s notebook first.
Diana: (seeing a couple) Why are they holding hands?
Steve: Uh… Probably because they are together. (As Diana tries to hold Steve’s hand) No, no, no. We’re not together. I mean, in that way.
Diana: Awww, a baby! (she tries to go towards it but is dragged back by Steve)
Steve: It’s not made of clay!
They meet up with Steve’s secretary, Etta Candy (Lucy Davis) who takes an instant liking to Diana, and decide they need to find Diana an appropriate outfit (instead of her battle suit under a huge black jacket) so they can blend in as Steve delivers Maru’s notebook to his superiors.
Etta Candy: I’m introducing myself. It’s Etta Candy. I’m Steve Trevor’s secretary.
Diana: What is a secretary?
Etta Candy: Oh, well, I do everything. I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do.
Diana: Well, where I’m from that’s called slavery.
Etta Candy: I really like her.
Steve: Fantastic. Ladies, after you.
Etta Candy: Oh, I do. I like her.
At a clothing parlour, Diana tries on a number of victorian outfits, some with very restrictive dresses. She flexes her leg and splits the dress.
Diana: How can a woman possibly fight in this?
Etta Candy: Fight? We use our principles. Although, I am not opposed to engaging in a bit of fisticuffs should the occasion arise.
Steve Trevor: Where is she?
Etta Candy: Well, she’s trying on outfit number 226.
Diana appears in an unobtrusive but warm outfit of gray wool coat, skirt and hat.
Etta Candy: (Steve gives Diana glasses to wear) Really, specs? Suddenly she’s not the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen?
Settling on that outfit, Diana tries to leave through a rotating door with her sword and shield out.
Steve: Yep, that’s not going to work. Please put the sword down.
Etta Candy: The sword doesn’t go with the outfit.
Steve: At all. (Steve convinces her to leave her shield and sword with Etta Candy)
Diana: Guard this with your life (to Etta Candy, who is already receiving stares from passerby)
Along the way, Diana and Steve are cornered by some men at an alley who demand for Mr. Ludendorff’s notebook.
Diana: Steve, why are we hiding?
Steve: Ssh, come on. Come on.
Steve leads them into an alley, and suddenly a gun is pointed at them from behind as a suited man appears.
Suited Man: Captain Trevor, I believe you have something that is the property of General Ludendorff.
More suited men appear and surround them with guns and weapons.
Steve: Ah, it’s the, uh, bad guy convention.
Suited Man: Give us Dr. Maru’s notebook.
Steve: Where did I put that thing? (He starts feeling around his pockets but only to distract the men as he head-butts the suited man.
Steve: Stand back.
As he tries to protect Diana by pushing her behind him. One of the men shoots at him, where Diana intercepts and deflect the bullet with her bracelet.
Steve: Or maybe not.
Diana then proceeds to take out the other men, and deflecting all their bullets at close range until the last one, out of bullets, stands their shocked.
Steve: Tough luck. (Steve punches him knocking him out)
Steve: Is there anything else you want to show me?
Meanwhile, General Ludendorff meets with Dr. Maru in her lab as she has developed a new type of gas so the General can maintain his super human strength. Dr Maru is also hesitant of finding a formula for the new mustard gas without her notebook, but with the General’s encouragement, she comes across a formula on her desk which she believes is the breakthrough.
Back in London, Diana and Steve arrive at a meeting held by Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis) who is planning to negotiate an armistice with Germany. Despite being told to wait outside, Diana walks in and the men are immediately distracted by her presence. Sir Patrick would not listen and demands Steve take her outside immediately.
Sir Patrick: Who’s this young woman?
Steve: She’s my, um, she and I are working together, sir.
Diana: Diana, Princess of of Themysc…
Steve Trevor: Prince. Diana Prince.
Outside and after the meeting, the men file out and Steve hands over the notebook to Sir Patrick, and suggests calling in the linguists or decoders. Unfortunately, since the writing is Sumerian, no one understands it; Fortunately Diana, who speaks hundreds of languages, is able to translate for the other men. Through the notebook, they learn that Ludendorff and Maru and planning to create a new kind of hydrogen-based mustard gas that would be lethal to the solders. Upon hearing the British general is planning to send in his troops to there Western Front and where they will most likely get killed, Diana becomes enraged and reprimands the general that a good leader would not send his men in to die but would fight alongside his men. Steve and Diana are warned not to go near the battle front as it would sabotage the armistice. Steve agrees and pulls the enraged Diana outside, where she confronts him on the agreement that he takes her to the battle front.
Diana: You lied to me?
Steve: I’m a spy, it’s what I do!
Diana: How do I know you’re not lying to me now?
Steve: (Steve puts the Lasso of Truth around himself) We’re headed to the front. We’re probably going to die. This is a terrible idea!
Steve brings Diana to meet his teammates, in a shady pub. First they find Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), a spy who is instantly attracted to Diana. Next is Charlie (Ewen Bremner), whom Steve says is a skilled marksman, but they find him getting beaten up by another man for accidentally taking his glass. The man attempts to shoot Charlie, but Diana intervenes and throws the large men across the pub.
Sameer: I am both frightened… and aroused.
They are joined by Sir Patrick, who states that despite his political position which prohibits him from helping he feels they are fighting for a good cause, and funds them for a couple days. The four then head out and pass by a bridge as wounded soldiers return from the battle, which saddens Diana immensely. They meet The Chief (Eugene Brave Rock), a smuggler, who chose to live on the edge after losing his family who was killed by Steve’s countrymen.
Charlie: May we get what we want…
Steve: …and may we get what we need.
Sameer: But may we never get what we deserve.
General Ludendorff meets with some of his comrades to discuss what he has planned but they express doubts and lack confidence in his work, and have decided to agree with the Armistice. Ludendorff and Maru demonstrate their work by throwing a gas bomb into the room and one gas mask, killing them all.
Dr. Maru: That mask won’t help them!
General Erich Ludendorff: They don’t know that. (they cackle an evil laugh and flee)
At a busy crowded train station, Steve and Diana pass by an ice cream vendor,
Steve: Have you had anything to eat yet? (buys Diana her first ice cream)
Diana Prince: (to the vendor) It’s wonderful. You should be very proud!
As the team make their way to the Front, they pass by a toppled horse cart with the owner shouting at the horse to get up as they needed to flee, Diana wants to help but Steve pulls her away. Then she sees a mother and her baby, Diana tries to comfort them but gets pulled away by Steve again. Finally at the Front, they walk through the trenches, and Diana speaks to a local women who is distraught over what has been taken from them by the German army.
Diana: I can not stand by while innocent lives are lost!
I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
Steve: This is no man’s land, Diana! It means no man can cross it, alright? This battalion has been here for nearly a year and they’ve barely gained an inch, alright? Because on the other side there are a bunch of Germans pointing machine guns at every square inch of this place. This is not something you can cross. It’s not possible.
Diana Prince: So… what? So we do nothing?
Steve Trevor: No, we are doing something! We are! We just, we can’t save everyone in this war. This is not what we came here to do.
Diana Prince: No. But it’s what I’m going to do.
Unwilling to wait any longer, Diana discards her disguise, dons her tiara and climbs the ladder into the battlefield in her armour. Steve tries to stop her as the German soldiers begin firing upon her, but she easily deflects their bullets with her gauntlets and shield. Steve notices that she’s taking the fire and directs him team and their soldiers to start shooting the German lines. Diana proceeds to beat down the enemy soldiers while Steve and his team follow. As soon as regain the German front, Diana charges on into the town where she takes out most of the soldiers on the ground. A sniper on the sniper tower shoots at them, and although Charlie tries to aim, he cannot muster the courage to shoot. Steve notices a piece of metal out near a fountain, and with his teammates cover firing, he angles it and shouts “shield” where Diana immediately catches on, leaps up and instantly demolishes the tower, essentially immitating what General Antiope did on Themyscrira. The townspeople celebrate and cheer for Diana. The five of them have their photograph taken by a photographer commemorate the victory. That evening, the townspeople feast and dance around the fountain. Steve and Diana awkwardly talk…
Diana: (Waltzing with Steve) We are not dancing, just swaying.
Diana: What do people do when there isn’t a war?
Steve: They get a job, get married, have children.
Diana: What is that like?
Steve: I… don’t know.
It starts to snow and Diana experiences it for the first time.
Steve: It’s, uh… it’s just snowfall. Touch it.
Diana: (enthralled) It’s magical!
Steve: It is, isn’t it?
Over a phone call with Etta (working from Sir Patrick’s study as he offered) Steve learns that Ludendorff will be attending a gala the next day and has her locate the area for him. Sir Patrick forbids Steve go ahead as it would endanger the armistice, but Steve ignores him. That night, Steve and Diana share a room and an intimate moment, just a kiss.
The next morning, Steve admits that they have run out of funds and gives his teammates the freedom to leave if they want to.
Charlie: Maybe you’re better off without me, yeah?
Diana: (smiles warmly) No, Charlie. Who will sing for us?
The team heads over to the gala in disguise, Steve orders Diana stay behind as he pretends to be a German officer with Sameer being his driver and they improvise entering without an invitation, successfully. Diana disappears and finds a snooty women, who was annoyed by the traffic jam at the entrance tries to make it on foot.
Fausta Grables: (upon seeing Wonder Women) Who are you supposed to be? What are you doing?
Diana silently sizes her up and finding their height comparable, steals her dress.
At the gala, Steve finds Maru at the fireplace and pretends to be a fan and attempts to sweet-talk her to get more information, almost succeeding until he gets distracted upon Diana’s entrance which Maru doesn’t miss. Diana was dressed in the striking blue revealing gown with her sword behind her back, and she also attracts another man’s eye.
General Erich Ludendorff: What are you?
Diana Prince: I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta!
General Erich Ludendorff: (Waltzing with Diana) You know your ancient Greeks? They understood that war is a god. A god that requires human sacrifice. And in exchange, war gives man purpose. Meaning. A chance to rise above his petty mortal little self. And be courageous. Noble. Better.
Diana: Only one of the many gods believed in that. And he was wrong.
General Erich Ludendorff: You know nothing of the gods.
Ludendorff turns his back in contempt, and Diana reaches for her sword just as Steve stops her mid air.
Steve: I can’t let you do this.
Diana: What I do is not up to you.
However, Ludendorff proceeds to launch gas bombs into the nearby town. Diana runs ahead but is too late, arriving only to see yesterday’s townspeople dead in the streets and the town covered in gas. Steve follows behind and Diana is angry with him for not letting her kill Ludendorff before this happened. They follow Ludendorff with the help of their teammates’ signal, to an airbase where German soldiers are gearing up for the attack and learn that Ludendorff is planning to drop a number of gas bombs on London. Diana heads straight to Ludendorff at the control tower, Ludendorff inhales Maru’s gas and puts up a good fight against Diana, until he escapes to the roof where Diana bursts through and impales Ludendorff with the Godkiller. Despite Ludendorff’s death, the soldiers are still loading gas bombs on the plane, and nothing has changed, to Diana’s confusion. Diana is devastated that the war is not over even after killing Ares, and Steve explains that maybe war is a result of God but that there are just bad people, he tries to convince Diana to join him in stopping the war, but Diana refuses.
Diana: (in tears) My mother was right about the world, they said they didn’t deserve me…
Steve: Maybe it’s not what you deserve, but what you believe. I believe that this war should end. If you believe the same, then help me stop it! Help me, please!
After Steve leaves, Diana looks back inside Ludendorff’s office to see Sir Patrick who recognises her, and whom she realises is the real Ares.
Ares: (as Sir Patrick) You’re right, Diana. They do not deserve you.
Diana Prince: You… you’re him.
Ares: I am.
Ares: I am not the god of war, Diana. I am the god of truth!
He tells her that he never led the men to war, but only provided secret influence, planting ideas in their heads like Ludendorff and Maru, and men themselves with their own evil and darkness started the war. Diana tries to kill Ares with the Godkiller, only for him to destroy it easily, he tells her that she is the real weapon, forged by Zeus, a daughter of Zeus, that she is the real Godkiller. Using the Lasso, Ares shows Diana what can happen if she joins him and if they rid the world of mankind. She refuses, and they begin to fight.
Steve and his team get past the Germans in disguise and consider shooting the plane down, but the explosion would kill anyone within 50 yards. As Diana and Ares’ fight extends onto the tarmac, Diana gets hit by a strong blow. Steve runs by Diana and says to her,
Steve: I can save today. You can save the world
Steve: (leaving Diana his watch) I wish we had more time. I love you.
He hijacks the bomber plane and flies it away, as he gets enough altitude, Steve aims his gun at the bombs, hesitates for a moment but he knows what he has to do, he shoots the bombs which detonates, sacrificing himself as the plane blows up high in the air. Diana sees this and yells in agony. Ares only uses this to try and sway her even more to join him as he dons his armor. Ares brings Maru before Diana and removes Maru’s mask to reveal her disfigured face and convince Diana to kill her. Diana lifts up a tank, but she recalls what Steve just told her. He said he can save the day, but she can save the world, he told her he loved her before taking the plane. Diana drops the tank and lets Maru get away. Diana tells Ares that she believes in love. Ares fires a blast of energy at Diana, but she absorbs it with her gauntlets. Ares in his confidence, tries to fire multiple lightening at Diana
Ares: I SHALL DESTROY YOU!
Diana: Goodbye, brother.
And destroys Ares with his own lightning, blasting a massive hole in the airbase. The rest of the team exhales in relief. Even the german soldiers, broken free of their corruption, also rejoice with the end of the war.
Everyone celebrates the end of the war, with Diana and the team hailed as heroes. Diana sees a wall of the fallen heroes, her gaze lingering at their photo, on Steve.
Diana Prince: It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.
Back in the present, Diana Prince sitting in front of her computer takes out Steve’s watch and sends a message to Bruce Wayne, thanking him for the photograph and letting her keep a piece of Steve. She reaffirms that she will continue to dedicate her life to justice. With that, Diana leaps across the sky to continue her work as…WONDER WOMAN.
Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. And now I know, that only love can truly save the world. So I stay, I fight, and I give, for the world I know can be. This is my mission now. Forever.
And unlike Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) there is no spoilers at the end which I had to find out first hand (having not googled ahead) much to the cinema staffs’ dismay. Hehe.
Happi Canada Day!!!!