SPOILERS AHEAD (although if you haven’t seen this amazing movie yet, what are you even doing with your life?)
I am just going to get it out of the way in the beginning that I am not a superhero movie or comic fan. I have not followed any series, or any particular superhero’s story. I do have seen some movies randomly, but that’s it. So I have no clue whether the film on Wonder Woman was accurate, or if some parts are missing or the story has been tweaked. I write this article as a newbie’s experience of the superhero world. One thing I can say is that I may have not walked in the theatre as a fan, but I definitely came out as one.
I went to see the film for one reason and one reason alone; it was the first stand-alone female superhero movie. That alone was intriguing enough, but in addition to that, the fact it was directed by a female director (first time for a studio superhero movie!) was another reason to watch it. Through this film, these talented and capable women had entered the no man’s land (pun intended) and much like Diana in the movie, they came out victorious.
There are many reasons to love this movie, which is a story of how Wonder Woman came to be, starting with the awesome Gal Gadot, the brilliant actress who plays the titular character. She is an all-round badass, as much in real life as she is in the movie. Playing the valiant Amazon princess (and demigoddess) Diana who fights for what is right; Gadot has also been breaking boundaries in real life as well. She sashayed down the red carpet in comfortable flats, easily breaking the unspoken rule for women to always wear heels. From shattering social confines to physical ones, Gadot shot some scenes of Wonder Woman while she was 5 MONTHS PREGNANT! And she served 2 years in the Israeli Armed Forces as a combat instructor!! Channelling my inner Chandler, I have to say “Could she BE more amazing?”
Gadot as Wonder Woman is breath taking. She perfectly embodies Diana’s spirit, who in turn is such a beautifully written character. Gadot’s words perfectly describe the multi layered Diana,
“When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart.”
And a total badass!
Living on Themyscira, the hidden island ruled by the warrior Amazon women, the film gave us (living under the burdens of patriarchy) a strong matriarchal society, with the fierce Hippolyta as the queen of Amazons. This path breaking movie also brought to us the powerful and skilled General Antiope, played by the talented Robin Wright (who is amazing in literally everything she does, House of Cards enthusiasts will agree).
Without giving away too much of the story, I’ll just say a man enters this beautiful place and then simply everything goes to ruins (much like IRL). Though we get to see some exquisite moves (that jump by Antiope is WOW), people die and it’s sad. Then we are shown the actual war (World War 1), as Diana ventures in a completely different world from her own, where women are considered unimportant and beneath the oh so smart men (the fact that we grapple with the same issues today is tragic). Diana’s (and the Amazons) goal in life is to destroy Ares, the God of War and stop him from wreaking havoc in the life of the humans and that’s what takes her to the War, accompanied by the previously mentioned man, who is an AEF pilot Captain Steve Trevor (not to be confused with Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers) played by Chris Pine. As they move to the actual battlefield, we are graced with the most important and brilliantly choreographed, directed and enacted scene: Diana enters and crosses the no man’s land like the freakin’ badass that she is. No words can ever describe the awesomeness of this scene; you have to watch it to get it. Then a lot of stuff happens in Captain Trevor’s aim to destroy the deadly gas created by Dr. Maru and encouraged by General Ludendorff and Diana’s goal to find Ares and end him.
It is a typical superhero film in terms of the hero’s quest to save the world, yet not so typical with its story centring on a woman, and told by a woman. Firstly and very importantly, the Amazon women are not shown as sexual beings, even with their battle armour being skirts. They are no damsels in distress, waiting for Prince Charming; they are the knights in shining armour. But what is amazing is that men are too not shown as helpless (though stupid, but who can change that?), especially the male lead Steve. He is a soldier with a mission, is heroic as hell, and does help our heroine sometimes. This is highly significant because it shows there is no reason to show one gender as weak, to show another as powerful (like has been the case in most films of this genre). In today’s world, this kind of representation is very important, especially for the young minds that can have better role models than we did growing up.
In a time where women are losing the basic rights on their own body (looking at you, America) and are being trolled for wearing what they want (looking at you, India), a superb film as this comes as a breath of fresh and much needed air. So as a newbie in the superhero universe and as a decent human being, I urge everyone to watch this film. And if you feel this film is “too feminist”, well no really cares what you think!
*puts on Wonder Woman for the 236409th time*
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A kaleidoscopic swirl of the luminous colours of happiness, adventure, humour, love, friendship and art is basically who I am, along with quite a strong wave of irony. Also, I am having an affair with my tv and a multitude of novels.