15.1 C
Byron Shire
August 6, 2021

Cinema Review: Wonder Woman

Latest News

Bravo Mungo

Robert Gibson, Byron Bay Mungo’s Crossword last week was, for me, both challenging and charming. Echos of the great man’s wit...

Other News

Byron, buildings & TV

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I left Bondi in 2013 to escape the steel cranes sprouting out of the demolished...

Cartoon of the week – 4 August, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

More than a missed gig: cancelled Bluesfest 2021 equivalent to nearly 900 job losses

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says data analysis shows this year’s last-minute festival cancelation due to pandemic public health orders cost the Australian economy more than $225 million.


Sarah Smith, Byron Shire Finally, our premier is speaking a language that the business community of Sydney should comprehend – a...

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Dunoon Dam

Nan Nicholson, The Channon Being a Rous County councillor must be a hard job. The workload of reading reports must be...


There is a lot more to like about this blockbuster than you might initially think. In fact, if you disregard the first and last fifteen minutes, you could even say that it is pretty good – or at least a cut above the usual superhero drivel.

Director Patty Jenkins blew us all away with Monster (2003), her film about a female serial killer, and here she shows a similar understanding of her central character, Diana (Gal Gadot) – which is to say, it takes a dame to know a dame.

Diana’s early history, growing up on an island populated only by women (she was made out of clay and had life breathed into her by one of the gods), is candy-arsed and silly, with more back-story than is needed. But when Steve (Chris Pine at his most charming), an American airman, crashes into the sea, Diana is shunted into the real world of ordinary mortals and the film turns into something much more absorbing than just a parade of muscles and weird outfits. It is 1918 and the Great War is drawing to its bloody end while the victorious powers are negotiating the terms of the Armistice that Germany will sign. Ludendorff (Danny Huston, looking schmick in a German military outfit), disgruntled and unbowed, will never surrender and is developing a most horrendous lethal gas with which he will continue the fight.

He is, Diana believes, the manifestation of Aries, the god of war, who has poisoned the hearts and minds of mankind. She makes it her mission to destroy him. The beautifully created London of the period is so much more believable than the early island sequences, with sets and streets, props and richly textured and detailed costumes by veteran designer Lindy Hemming (of Batman fame) giving priceless authenticity to the drama. As a stranger in a strange land, Diana is confronted by moral questions that are usually skirted around in the superhero genre and it is a relief to find that Allan Heinberg’s thoughtful screenplay has something positive to say.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

One sided

Rachael Terry, South Golden Beach I am really shocked and disappointed at the one-sidedness of The Echo reporting on the COVID-19 vaccination debate. Any dissenters...

Paradise lost?

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay ‘Take your masks off!’ yelled the young scruff at my companion and me, as he speared his skateboard between our coffee table...

Dunoon Dam

Nan Nicholson, The Channon Being a Rous County councillor must be a hard job. The workload of reading reports must be enormous and keeping communities informed...

Nature-based intervention on offer for at-risk young people

As the trickledown effects of COVID-19 continue to hit our most vulnerable, not-for-profit groups are saying they are overwhelmed.