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Gal Gadot’s best films available on Netflix

“It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong superhero to look up to.”

Crowned Miss Israel at 18, Gal Gadot-Varsano, better known as Gal Gadot, is as beautiful as she is talented. One of the greatest Israeli actresses dominating Hollywood, Gadot has garnered quite the fame and acclaim in the last few years which she highly deserves. Born on April 30, 1985, Gadot was trained in jazz and hip-hop for nearly 12 years. She had entered the Miss Israel competition for fun yet “never thought [she] would win”. As it is compulsory for all Israelis to enlist in the military, Gadot did the same and completed hers at 20. She has attributed this experience to have helped her prepare for her characters, especially that of Gisele in Fast Five. “I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons.”

Gadot was a regular face at modelling ventures while pursuing law and government in college. After she finished her first year, she was asked to audition for Quantum of Solace, but she did not get the part and soon after she was roped in to play Giselle Yashar in the Fast & Furious franchise. Following various roles in films like Date Night, she finally donned the superhero cape by bagging the role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She trained in swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and more for her role. An absolute badass, Gadot had even managed to get a film of her own.

Gadot will soon be seen in Kenneth Brannagh’s Death on the Nile and is set to co-star and co-produce for an upcoming sci-fi rom-com film based on Catriona Silvey’s Meet Me in Another Life. Here, we take a look at some of her best films streaming on Netflix while hoping that the streaming platforms shall add Justice League to their lists soon. 

The best Gal Gadot’s films on Netflix:

4. Keeping Up With the Joneses (Greg Mottola, 2016)

Jeff and his wife Karen are a simple couple whose children are away at the summer camp. When their new neighbours, the Joneses move in, they cannot help but be in awe of how perfect and multi-faceted they are. Soon Jeff and Karen realise that Tim and Natalie are not what they appear to be and are actually spies. Initially, they are quite wary of them and try to blow their cover before realising that the Joneses are on an espionage mission to track down a mole in Jeff’s company. 

Gal Gadot stars as the beautiful and witty Natalie who is an absolute vision in the film. Alongside the likes of Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis, Gadot does a decent job of being a spy on a mission; interestingly, her character in the films is of Israeli descent as well. The lack of humour in the film is, however, compensated by the actors putting on a good act. The plot twist as well as the final gag is indeed quite surprising and fun. 

“You broke into our house. What kind of neighbours are you?”

3. Fast Five (Justin Lin, 2011)

While Dominic Toretto is being taken to the prison, the bus is intercepted by his sister Mia and his friend, ex-cop Brian. Together, the trio travels across borders to evade being nabbed by the authorities ever since they helped Dom escape custody. However, they are assigned one last job before they shall be granted their freedom in Rio de Janerio. Along with their elite group of car racers, they come face-to-face with their adversary, a corrupt businessman named Hernan Reyes while being constantly pursued by agent Luke Hobbs. 

Amidst a stellar cast comprising Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and late Paul Walker, gal Gadot stars as Gisele Yashar, an ex-Mossad agent whose name is never once mentioned throughout the film. Gadot plays yet another badass character who rides a Ducati Streetfighter in the film. Despite her previous experience in riding motorbikes, Gadot had to undergo special training to handle this powerful bike. Gadot’s previous experience in the Israel Defense Forces as a training instructor helped her amp up for this role.  

“They [her legs] open at the same time I pull this trigger. Want me to open them?”

2. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016)

Seeing a fight between our favourite childhood superheroes is heartbreaking yet thrilling at the same time. In the film, the general mass expresses their fearful opinion regarding Superman cohabiting their planet as well as the Dark Knight – AKA Batman – being allowed to dominate Gotham streets. Batman, overcome with rage and power and fearing Superman’s unbridled power, attacks him. Lex Luthor tries to manipulate the situation to fight the Man of Steel and the world reels under the aftermath of such a destructive fight to understand what kind of hero they are really in the dire need of. 

Gadot makes her appearance as the Wonder Woman who is on the Dark Knight’s team. She described her character as one who was strong and compassionate. Gadot said, “I love everything that she {Wonder Woman] represents and everything that she stands for. She’s all about love and compassion and truth and justice and equality, and she’s a whole lot of woman. For me, it was important that people can relate to her.” Snyder gushed over Gadot, who had previously refused a role in Man of Steel due to her pregnancy, by saying “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” Gadot had to work very hard by going through intense workout sessions, martial arts regime and other forms of physical exercise to fit her role. 

“A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind; from a century of horrors… Men made a world where standing together is impossible.”

1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins, 2020)

Diana Prince lives amidst the mortals during an era when people are in pursuit of having all that they desire. She conceals her superpowers which makes her the Wonder Woman and helps fight crime. She maintains a low profile and works at a museum curating artefacts. Soon, she comes in contact with the Dreamstone that can grant her one wish in return for something else. As she winds back her lover, she soon realises that her power is slowly wearing off. Diana must also fight the vicious Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah who are superhuman villains, deriving their strength from the Dreamstone. 

The first film was more of a coming-of-age story for Diana as it chronicled how she became the Wonder Woman. As the badass female superhero, Gadot does a brilliant job and has always stated how connected she feels to her character. Commenting on her character, she spoke of how Diana is like “a fish out of the water, coming from Themyscira into man’s world and learning about the complexities of human life, really.” Juxtaposing the first film to the second and talking about the character’s evolution from naivete to maturity, Gadot continued, “In Wonder Woman 1984, she’s been around. She’s wiser and she’s more mature. She’s guarded and lost all of her friends throughout the years. But she’s still doing the right thing, yet she is different from when we last saw her.”

“Nothing good is born from lies. And greatness is not what you think.” 

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