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Gal Gadot: Real Life Wonder Woman

She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll punch you in the face. That is the basis of who Wonder Woman is, so can we talk for a minute about how absolutely fabulous Gal Gadot is?? I think I’ve found a new girl-crush.

If you have yet to see Wonder Woman fear not, I’m only here to discuss the character, not the plot.

Screenshot 2017-06-14 at 2.11.38 PMFor those who are not familiar with the story, Wonder Woman follows Diana (Gal Gadot) from a young age as an Amazonian Princess on the hidden Paradise Island. When an American spy, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crashes on their island and tells the Amazonians of a war going on outside of their haven, Diana is convinced this is the “war to end all wars” and chooses to follow Trevor into an unknown world to fight and unveil her true power.

 

 

 

 

What kind of badassery allows a 32-year-old pregnant woman to play one of the most iconic characters in comic history with such finesse? 

Earlier this week, Gal mentioned that she was pregnant while filming some of the movie. I find that incredibly admirable. Of course she had a stunt double (the lovely Caitlin Dechelle), but to still perform at that caliber is absolutely amazing.

She developed that character LIKE A BOSSScreenshot 2017-06-14 at 2.13.39 PM

I’m not saying that the writers didn’t do a good job developing her character, but let’s be honest here: DC is not known for having the best superhero films. Young Diana was absolutely precious, and immediately gave way to her inquisitive behavior. Despite being one of – if not the most – successful Amazonian on the island, her humility and love for her family is so pure. As soon as Steve crashes and talks with them all, her decision to leave is not for personal gain or benefit, and that is seen when Hippolyta tells her that she can never come back. There was a sincere moment of hesitation in that scene that broke my heart.

I’ve never seen a moral compass screwed on so tight

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She leaves her entire family and world to help a race of men she knows nothing about because she sees something wrong with their world. And even though her personal goal is to defeat Ares, she will strike down anyone in her way who does wrong. She continues to love and help out of duty. Towards the end she even realizes that these humans don’t deserve her help, and considers leaving them. BUT because of a love she has grown for them, Diana fights despite the complications of humanity.

I have never been more impressed by the physicality of a female superhero on the big screen: She was a realistic goddess.

If you didn’t know, Gal spent 6 hours a day for 6 months getting prepared for this role. According to her, and the other Amazonians, their training encompassed 2 hours of sword training, 2 hours of horseback riding, 2 hours of martial arts, and other standard weight training. I know some people who have complained that her Wonder Woman isn’t as bulky and ripped as she should be, but I have a few contradictions: Firstly, a general rule for female superheroes is that their outward appearance is not necessarily reflective of their actual strength. And in addition to that, the simple fact is that no one is built the same, ergo, just because you train hard it doesn’t mean that you will be able to see every single muscle. And she ROCKED every single costume. The classic Wonder Woman costume married Ancient Roman gladiator armor and created something utterly breathtaking.

 

Diana Prince demands attention with the greatest elegance

No one in that film could keep their eyes off of her. It is like watching Peggy Carter as a goddess: non-stop powerhouse of kickass and elegance. She never demands attention, but others are drawn to her because of her beauty and inquisitive nature. Gadot portrayed a woman thrown into a new world, who is finding her way with the guidance of her morals.

If you have yet to see Wonder Woman go. I have seen few DC films (and very few that I like) but this should be required viewing. Take everyone and anyone you know. Yes there are plot holes and moments that aren’t as great, but enjoy the beauty and power of the female superhero movie we have all been waiting for for much too long.Screenshot 2017-06-14 at 2.16.43 PM

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