So over the last week, I have read rave reviews of the much anticipated 2017 film,Wonder Woman. The superhero movie is tearing the box office apart. The critics are calling it possibly the best superhero movie of all time, the comeback, the redemption of the DC comics.[insert loud melo-dramatic mel-gibson-brave-heart-shout-for-freedom-type-of-music]
So when fellow blogger and friend Joseph Kuire asked me to catch the film with him last weekend, I had to go see it for myelf.
My verdict: Wonder Woman isn’t just for super-hero thrill, it is a relevant movie film for the times.
1.It makes a great feminist statement : if you’ve read the facts you probably know that Wonder Woman is the first superhero movie that features a female lead character and heroine, the Gorgeous Gal Gadot as Diana Prince. It is also the first to be directed by a woman film director, Patty Jenkins; Never mind that is currently enjoying mind-blowing box office success round the world interestingly because it had been been sidelined by other or rather more obvious, DC comics picks like Batman and Superman for so many years. The movie opens with a scene of an ‘other’ world hidden from the naked eye, inhabited by beautiful powerful Amazonian women. These women live free of patriarchal rule and are governed by Diana Prince’s mother Hippolyta. What most people do not know is that Wonder Woman has come a long way to get its own spot in the limelight. Although in 1942, the character Diana Prince was created to possess equal power like Superman or Batman, she was excluded from actual fighting and served as the official secretary to the Justice League. No surprise there then, when Diana reacts strongly at Steve Trevor’s secretary’s duties. She quickly replies, “Where I’m from, that’s called Slavery”. Wonder Woman is sure not trying to get that job back!
2. The cruelty of war : Watching Diana Prince, evolve from a naive idealistic young warrior to an adult, it is interesting to see the carnage of war through her eyes. She not only experiences the needless chaos at the war front, she experiences colossal loss when gun shots and bombs wipes out innocent people in a small village; a symbol and glimpse of human joy and life outside the Paradise Island. While this story is set during the WW11, it is certainly a grim depiction of the blood bath we see round the world today. This fuels Diana determination to put all that’s wrong with the world, right. There is an internal conflict that emerges when she realizes that the reasoning behind war runs darker and deeper than the orchestration of one dark force, Aries. She begins to understand the depravity of humanity is because of a desperate need for power, nothing more. In Samuel Trevor’s[Chris Pine] words “Sometimes people are just bad”
3.Hope for humanity : I mean I agree with Wonder Woman, If i found that i came all this way to end a war by killing my archenemy and that didn’t work, I’d probably be pissed off too. Everyday, we are given many reasons why human beings are weak, disturbingly flawed and just plain wrong. I am strongly compelled everyday to move into a forest, build a hut and live out my days; A place where i don’t have to hear inexplicable stories like a noble soldier being lynched by sadists, or that a man goes on stabbing spree and rams a van into people. Really what redemption is there for a world like ours? But Wonder Wonder is an important morale booster and behind the awesome ass-kicking, a simple story of love and sacrifice propelled by a tiny belief that one day, we can be a better world.