Mr. Miller and I saw Wonder Woman yesterday and I haven’t felt this moved by a movie in a long time. All of these years seeing Batman, Superman and so many other heroes brought to life on the big screen and today I finally got to see my hero come alive. I literally wept throughout the whole movie.
As a child I remember watching the 70’s Wonder Woman TV show and being fascinated by Wonder Woman. There’s a lot to be said about a person’s eyes and even though I didn’t know much about Lynda Carter or Wonder Woman at the time, I remember looking at her eyes and seeing goodness and a certain purity. And that’s exactly what Wonder Woman exemplifies. She is strong, compassionate, forgiving and believes in others more than they may believe in themselves.
I’m not a film critic and I don’t know much about directing or cinematography and I think that allows me to watch movies without feeling like I need to pick them apart or analyze them too much. There were some small issues with CGI during her battle with Ares, but other than that I thought the movie was damn near perfect.
I’m going to layout my thoughts in bullet points because I don’t think I can string them together coherently enough otherwise. Also, I’m not a Wonder Woman expert, but I’ve been a fan since childhood, I’ve read many of the comics and stand alone stories so I’m pretty confident that I grasp the essence of who she is and what she stands for. I know there are many people out there who are way more knowledgeable than I am. These are just my opinions and observations of the film, so if anyone feels I’ve gotten something wrong that’s ok, but I’m not looking to debate the fine points of origin, possible plot holes or the comics versus the film.
- I cried more times than I can count.
- Themyscira – when it first came into view and Diana appears as a little girl the tears immediately started to fall. I’m not sure where the filming location was but it was beautiful and just as you would imagine from the comics. Also, Robin Wright was spectacular. I had my doubts when I initially heard she had been cast, but they quickly went away.
- Seeing Diana come into her own and discovering her strengths as an Amazon, a warrior and a woman was so beautiful to watch.
- I will admit that I was anti-Gal Gadot when she was first cast, but as time went on I saw how committed she was to the roll, saw her in the suit, watched interviews, etc and all of those original feelings turned into excitement.
- Gal Gadot was born to play Wonder Woman. She is Wonder Woman.
- The fight scenes on the beach were exciting and well done. Seeing some of the Amazon sisters fall made me cry, but their bravery and sense of duty to protect their home and their people was inspiring and beautiful.
- Seeing Diana climbing the tower and figuring out that she can bust through stone and the look on her face as she’s slowly realizing her powers was amazing.
- Needed more Etta Candy. I’ve always loved Etta!
- I’m not a big Chris Pine fan and even as I sat down in the theatre I still wasn’t on board with him playing Steve Trevor, but his comic relief was perfect and always well-timed. Overall I thought he was great.
- Diana/Steve Trevor – I’ve heard groans about the love story aspect. If you read the comics, Steve Trevor has always been an integral part of her origin story and in different storylines throughout the years. Falling in love with Steve Trevor doesn’t make Diana weak, it humanizes her and makes her even more relatable. She may be a strong, feminist demigod, who doesn’t need a man to depend on, but falling in love doesn’t mean she has to let go of any of that.
- When Diana climbs up out of the trenches in no mans land to advance on the enemies she became Wonder Woman in that moment. I immediately choked up and could not contain my tears. It was such a huge, pivotal moment in the film and revealed her badassery in all its glory.
- I loved her fight with Ares at the end. Ares is the God of War and despite all of his attempts to goad her in to totally losing it and destroying an enemy she pauses and thinks back to Steve’s words, his sacrifice and realizes who she is and who she can be to the people who need her.
This movie was a dream come true for me and I felt so proud to be able to witness Wonder Woman’s big screen debut. I know there are many people who have been waiting for this movie to happen a lot longer than I have, but it finally happened and this is a moment we should all stand up and applaud. Patty Jenkins and her phenomenal job with Wonder Woman has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that women can direct superhero movies and that there should be more women led superhero films.
Mr. Miller shared this with me today and I thought it would be a perfect way to start wrapping up this post. It’s from the New York Times Metropolitan Diary:
There were several small groups of women at the theater, none under the age of 80. I waited patiently in line behind them as they asked for their senior discounts for “Fences” and then counted their change, gathered their belongings and walked very slowly to the escalators.
I waited behind them again, trying to be helpful as needed, as we took the escalators up several stories to the theaters.
At one point, one woman, tiny and frail with a voice to match, said to the woman next to her, “I hope I live until summer.” She clearly enunciated each word and then sighed deeply.
The second woman paused gently before replying.
“Why?” she asked. “Because your granddaughter is getting married?”
“No!” the first woman said. “Because I want to see the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie.”
Wonder Woman has been standing up for justice, promoting equality, fighting for peace and breaking down barriers since 1941. She embraces her femininity and never apologizes for being a woman. And neither should we.
Have you seen the movie yet? What are your thoughts?