Great Scene: “Wonder Woman”

Diana single-handedly takes on the German Army in the breathtaking No Man’s Land scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

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Let’s face it: In a fundamental way, screenwriting is scene-writing, so the more we learn about this aspect of the craft, the better.

Today: The 2017 movie Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston.

Setup: The Allied forces are stuck in their advance against the German army. In between, what is referred to as No Man’s Land. An excerpt from the script leading up to the action:

And now, the action!

Notice the build-up to the action:

Beginning: Diana learns of the locals’ troubles. Something must be done.
Middle: Against all odds, Diana charges into No Man’s Land.
End: With Diana in the lead, the Allies attack and send the Germans running.

When this scene hit the screen at the theater where I watched the movie with a packed house, there was a palpable and collective rush in the crowd. I was especially struck by the reaction of women and girls, some of them cheering through tears as Diana forged into No Man’s Land taking the brunt of the German’s assault, enabling the Allied forces to move forward.

It is most definitely a Great Scene!

To read all of the entries in the Great Scene series, go here.

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