In the Dark


Wonder Woman
Produced by D.C. Entertainment
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Screenplay by Allen Heinberg 
Distributed by Warner Brothers 

Produced by Cappa Defina Productions
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks, from the novel by Shusaku Endo
Distributed by Paramount Pictures 

Wonder Woman is the first installment of what threatens to be an endless line of sequels.  Patty Jenkins directed the movie, an odd choice.  Ms. Jenkins directed Monster in 2003, a sympathetic feminist treatment of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a woman more wretched than wondrous.  There is nevertheless a parallel.  Jenkins managed to raise her lead actress Charlize Theron from a beautiful film accessory to a formidable actress.  She may have done the same thing for Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress of exceptional raven-haired beauty who serves as the new film’s principal special effect.  As for her acting, it’s perfectly adequate to her duties as an Amazonian warrior.  When the occasion demands, she manages to look fierce, a skill she may have developed while training in the Israel Defense Force.  One thespian accomplishment that may still elude her: modifying her accent.  It’s distinctly Israeli, so much so that the other...

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