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An Honest Review Of 'Wonder Woman' By A Feminist

OMG girls, this is the superhero movie we've been waiting for!
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Diana is princess of the Amazons, raised on the island of Themyscira. All her life, she trains to be a fearsome warrior. One day, an American pilot crashes on the island, and Diana learns of the massive conflict raging in the outside world. She leaves home to fight in a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers, and her true destiny.

The Honest Plot

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The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Gal Gadot as Princess Diana of Themyscira

The Israeli actress made her film debut in Fast and Furious in 2009. 2016 saw her first appearance as the Amazon princess in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.


Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta

She first caught Hollywood's attention in The Devil's Advocate (1997) as Christabella Andreoli, and then as Lucilla in Gladiator (2000). More recently, she was in The Good Wife, as Ramona Lytton. 

Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe

The Norwegian actress hasn't done much work outside Norway, with Wonder Woman being her first Hollywood feature film.

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Robin Wright as Antiope

To your parents or older siblings, she's Princess Buttercup, from Princess Bride (1987). You probably know her better as Claire Underwood, from the Netflix show House of Cards.

Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru

The Spanish actress has had a few forays into Hollywood, such as the Hugh Jackman starrer Van Helsing (2004). 


Lucy Davis as Etta Candy

She’s probably best known as Dawn Tinsley from The Office. She also did voice work for Phineas and Ferb, as Crash, from 2008 to 2009.

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Chris Pine as Steve Trevor

Most people first discovered this hot hunk in the 2009 Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams, where he played the dashing James Kirk.

David Thewlis

You might recognize him as Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter movies. Just this year, he was in the Fargo TV series on the FX network.

Danny Huston

You might remember him from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), as Stryker. More recently he played the Axeman in American Horror Story.

Did You Know?

1. The character was  the brainchild of William Moulton Marston for DC Comics. In creating a modern female superhero, he gave her the strength of Superman, tempered with fairness and a love of peace. She was originally called Suprema, The Wonder Woman. She made her comic book debut in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941, and got her own series in 1942.


2. This is the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). First there was Man of Steel in 2013, then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, both in 2016.

3. Most people remember the Wonder Woman series from 1975 to 1979, starring Lynda Carter. But there was an attempt to bring the heroine back to the small screen in 2011. A pilot starring Adrianne Palicki was shot for NBC, but the show didn't get picked up.

4. Wonder Woman was named an Honorary Ambassador of the United Nations in 2016. Gal Gadot and original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter were both at the ceremony. But the move received a lot of criticism, and a petition asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to reconsider. "A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots" is not an appropriate spokeswoman for gender equity at the United Nations, the petition also said. 


 5. Gal Gadot might not actually be Wonder Woman, but she's certainly a tough cookie! During part of the shoot for the movie, the actress was pregnant with her second child. In fact, she was five months pregnant when she went back to the studio for reshoots in November 2016! 



6. Victoria's Secret fans, look for VS Angel Doutzen Kroes on Themyscira!

7. The Amazon warriors were real warriors and athletes! Some of them were Olympians, while others were competitive fighters, so those battles looked pretty fierce! 

What I Think:

I've never been a fan of the DCEU. Man of Steel didn't feel like the same Superman who fought for truth, justice, and the American way. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice felt wrong, and Suicide Squad felt flat. To be honest, I'd always been more entertained by and emotionally invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


And then came Wonder Woman. Finally, a superhero movie with a female protagonist, and a female director too! I wasn't too excited at first. Would it be dark and dreary like the previous DCEU movies? Would the characters be caricatures, like the members of Suicide Squad?

And then I saw Gal Gadot on the big screen, and I was awed.

It's the story of every woman. Like many other women, Diana doubts herself and her capabilities. Others doubt Diana's capabilities. Diana gets attention for her body and her looks, but her opinions and contributions get ignored and doubted by the men in charge, simply because she's a woman. She has an important job to do, but she can't do it because she's dressed inappropriately, or she has to do it according to other people's expectations and standards. Haven't we all been through that? You'd think Wonder Woman, of all people, wouldn’t have these problems, but that's what happens in World War I Europe!


And yet the movie also shows how much women can achieve when menand their fellow womenbelieve in and support them. Think about Emma Watson's #HeForShe Campaign, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's initiative called Together Women Can. So yeah, this movie doesn't just pay lip service to girl power and female empowerment. It's the real deal!

What My Friend Thinks:

Wonder Woman may not be the super heroine movie we deserve, but she's the one we need right now. The film certainly has its work cut out for it, following in the footsteps of two compelling superhero movies. It's the first silver screen adaptation of the role. Gal, director Patty Jenkins, and Allan Heinberg (who wrote the screenplay) do nothing short of justice in bringing the Amazon princess to life, shining like the brightest of days in the darkest of nights. - V


I'd Recommend It To:

Every. Single. Female. Every woman needs to see this movie! Let's show Hollywood that movies with female leads and female directors can be good movies that sell a lot of tickets and popcorn! Watch this movie because women should support other women. Watch this movie to see other women kick ass and run the world. Watch this movie because Gal Gadot is amazing and beautiful and sincere. Watch this movie with your mom, your sister, and your best friend. Watch this movie with your guy friends and brothers and officemates!

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