Gal Gadot the Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (former Miss Israel and Israel Defense force combat trainer, Gal Gadot), who believes in fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, leaves home to end WWI by killing the deposed malevolent god of war, Ares. She travels to the Western Front in France with the fighter pilot/spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) only to learn that stalemate troop movement of trench warfare, has lead to the death of millions.
The space between the opposing trenches is called No Man’s Land. As she peels away her disguise to reveal her true identity. She has sword in hand, shield in the other, she decides to help a defenseless village behind German lines. Climbing out of the trenches, she runs likes the wind into the heart of One Woman’s Land.
She first blocks bullets with her bracelets. But as she defies the German onslaught, she’s hit with machine gun frenzy. Overwhelmed, she takes a knee and hides behind her shield. Then, she deflects thousands of bullets that swarm around her like angry fluorescent bees. Trevor and the British forces find bravery and join her in One Woman’s Land. She’s become their leader.
I began to cry, because several of my great Uncles fought in those trenches and died. I imagined that maybe they were thinking, “We need a hero.” For those minutes I found a moment of solace where all was not lost. It was a moving scene.
When she breaks through enemy lines, I’m back to reality. I then relish the sequence when she battles a group of Germans in an abandoned building. Though full of Hong Kong stylized fight choreography and wire gags, the fight’s biggest influence was 300 (2006). Where after Wonder Woman crashes out of a building, we see a slow motion, wide angle shot of her body’s profile flying through the air in a sword striking pose.