Wonder Woman is the feminist movie we’ve been waiting for all year. As a die-hard fan and proud feminist, I had very high expectations walking into this movie. I left with my expectations exceeding beyond measure. From the diverse representation of women onscreen to the effortlessly smooth choreography fight scenes and the way Gal Gadot’s toned arms and realistic thighs were jiggling as she kicked ass, reminding everyone in the audience (especially the sexist men among them) that Wonder Woman wasn’t here to serve as eye candy. She wasn’t meant to be sexualized as most movies with female lead characters usually are, which was incredibly refreshing.
Before we dive further into the first female action hero that may have very well saved DC Films from the disappointment of Batman v Superman last year, let’s take a look at the birth of Diana Prince, aka the most famous heroine of all time. In the 1930s, psychologist William Marston had predicted that “Women have twice the emotional development, the ability for love than man has. Today, realizing their love motive has no sustained force, nothing to feed on, women are diverting their energies into other channels. And as they develop as much ability for worldly success as they already have for love, they will clearly come to rule business and the nation.” About male readers, he later wrote: “Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they’ll be proud to become her willing slaves.”
Honestly? Marston was ahead of his time. What many would regard to as a women’s downfall or weakness, he saw as a strength.
Women are often seen as too this, or too that. A standing ovation to Director Patty Jenkins for nailing it by merging the spectrums to redefine what it means to be a female superhero. Diana Prince, Princess of Themyscira, was not only soft and gentle but strong and fierce. She was compassionate, acting on love and emotions, but assertive enough to take charge.
Cinema at it’s finest is supposed to make you feel something. And Wonder Woman (2017) gave me all the feels. I left feeling both emotional and empowered, along with everyone else. In such tumultuous times, a little hope goes a long way.
Spectacular casting choice on Zack Synder’s end as well. Gal Gadot was born for this breakout role and her supporting female cast was composed of strong, beautiful women, ranging in age, color, and size. And the best part? They weren’t sexualized.
The onscreen chemistry between Chris Pine and Gal Gadot was spot on. His character, Steve Trevor, is the love interest we all need. Not only is Steve supportive and patient in every aspect during the movie, he does not diminish Diana’s shine. He looks on proudly while she does her thing. While others are skeptical and intimidated by her power, he is not. It’s definitely a game changer to see a male lead role stand by on the sidelines for once.