Let me give you a run-down of what just happened. I went and saw Wonder woman. Finally!
I’ve been excited for this movie for weeks and so when we finally went to see it I was almost afraid it would disappoint me.
The story is basically about Princess Diana who was raised on an island full of warrior woman. There are no men on the island and so when the pilot Steve comes crash landing onto their island it’s the first time she see one.
He tells her about the war that’s going on outside of the island and Diana knows it is her duty to go and fight in the war as one of the Greek god’s warriors.
Her mission is clear, go to man’s world, find Hermes, the god of war and kill him to end the fighting.
Diana is played by the beautiful and talented Gal Gadot – and I feel like the actress did a wonderful job of bringing the character to life.
At first Diana is this adorable character who almost acts as if she’s going on this great adventure. She’s excited and hopeful but also a bit naive.
I looked at her and saw that she was more than just her ability to fight – which is very rarely seen on lead female characters. She was happy and I connected so well to that.
As for the rest of the movie one of the first things I noted was how they handled the little amount of clothing the Amazonians wore. They could have decided to use the little clothes to display the warriors’ bodies in and objective way which is not something that is uncommon, but they didn’t. And I’m so happy about this.
They could also have decided to put the Amazonions in more clothes but they stayed true to the story and didn’t do that either.
Instead the couple of times the clothes where used to give an atmosphere or were otherwise part of the story it were shown, not as some skimpy pieces of cloth but as armour.
The exposed skin of the warriors where covered in scars and had muscle beneath. The woman where strong people never just an object to be viewed.
Obviously this story was created to reshape female stereotypes and so the next thing I want to highlight is the female villain from this story.
Dr Poison was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on screen.
Normally female villains are very over sexualized and when they aren’t a reason for them being evil is given straight off the bat. But this time no explanation was given for her to be evil and in fact the depth of her character wasn’t given until the end.
I know some writer who would find this annoying because they like knowing why character do what they’re doing but I think this was wonderful because it made space for Dr Poison to be a villain first and foremost.
The fact that she as a villain didn’t need to be explained to the audience. We understood she’s a villain.
Something else that I have to mention as well is the fact that Dr Poison had facial scars. Do you know what it means for a female villain to have both facial scars and wear non-sexualized clothes? It means the world is starting to become comfortable with the fact that a women’s strength isn’t simply how she looks.
But let’s move on from the whole feminine highlights and instead talk about theme.
Walking in I expected the theme to be that women are badass but it seems the writers decided that the audience is smart enough to know that already and instead the theme was love conquers all.
This is something that made me so giddy.
In a piece of back-story it is explained that Zeus created the women to love the men so they would stop war. This could be interpreted as sexist but instead it came over as the love that a woman has is strength. We as women do not need to hide our hearts to be strong because our love is our true strength.
This theme was used throughout the movie. Like when they were in the trenches and she saw a woman with a child. The woman told her that the village had been enslaved and while Diana could have turned her back on the woman and left, it was her heart that made her decision there and it led them to a great victory.
(Plus that was the moment she became wonder woman in my eyes and it was the coolest scene ever)
The theme is then completed in the end when she explains that there is love in the heart of men and that is why she keeps fighting for them despite them being awful.
Extra bonuses of this movie that I’m not going into right now.
Awesome fight scenes.
A great soundtrack.
Amazing plot twist there in the end.
Diana’s character development.
The male character had a bathtub scene.
Gal Gadots amazing hair.
Tiny Diana being cute.
Chris Pine’s eyes.
Oh and Diana realizing she’s a badass and that she can fly.
The only negative that I can think of right now is the fact that the side characters weren’t given a lot of room. Some of them didn’t exactly do much in my eyes and there where definitely a few scenes that I feel they could have played more of a role in.
I’m really happy about this movie otherwise though, and honestly I’m so proud of being part of the generation where we can have stories like this. It’s not simply because of the feminine power that was shared in this story but the fact that the writers didn’t feel the need to make feminine power the story. It makes me realize that we are in a world where woman aren’t just their gender anymore but people. A story can be about a woman and not about feminism at the same time and I love that.
Years of feminine fighting is finally paying off so soon we’ll no longer have to fight.
(Now on to racism!)
I’m really happy and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this franchise. I’m delighted that teen girls can be empowered through this story and that it can be a message to young men that women are badass and they should be treated as such.
I sincerely recommend this movie and hope you love it as much as I did.