** Spoilers **
Wonder Woman is glorious. Glorious.
That is the perfect word for how I felt watching it. I cried, I laughed, I loved it.
It’s glorious in a way that makes me so very happy. The central character, the supporting cast, the Amazons (oh my god, the Amazons!), the movie as a whole.
I don’t review movies here, that’s not what this blog is for, but I talked about Furiosa for the same reason I am talking about Wonder Woman: Action movies starring women, aw yeah!
It makes me delighted to know that little kids will grow up thinking that female super heroes and action stars in movies are the norm and rather than *gasp female! Whaaaa?!* it will be more ‘who’d win a fight: Wonder Woman or Batman?’ (Wonder Woman, obvs :P). We aren’t there yet or this wouldn’t even be a thing, but I’m made happy by seeing these movies being produced, this one being directed by a woman, and seeing them be successful. It puts a dent in the ‘ain’t nobody gonna pay to see that!’ argument that has been simmering in the American movie industry forever.
I can nitpick at it (more female characters! less skin! proper armour!), but I’m not going to (well apart from that little bit there).
A wonderful surprise for me was Robin Wright as Amazonian General Antiope because, you know, older women being badass is totally my thing.
I’ve just binge-watched House of Cards and she is wonderful in it: the cool psychopathic uber villain always impeccably dressed in designer suits and killer heels. I didn’t know she was even in this so when I saw her I was stupidly excited.
More after the jump (a bunch of gifs so if you can’t be bothered loading it up, don’t click… but trust me, you will want to see these…).
And woah, older women being fierce and kicking arse is totally my aesthetic.
Arrrggghhh… so good!
I mean, look at this leaping shot where she’s shooting multiple arrows at once at the bad guys.
No, seriously: look!
Do you need to see her coming at you with that shot? Of course you do…
Anyway, TAKE THAT NAZIS!
<3 <3 <3 *fangirl swooning*
She is SO FUCKING GOOD!
The Amazons train as warriors even though they live in peace and never see any other people: I’m guessing this is why they learn how to do things like ‘elegant backroll off a horse while shooting arrows’ and other such moves: they’re bored and trying to find ways to entertain themselves.
Oh look, here are the Amazons hanging out on set *more swooning*.
You can tell I’m obsessed with the Amazons even though that wasn’t the crux of the story. DON’T CARE THEY WERE AMAZING.
Is Gal Gadot good as Wonder Woman? Yes, yes she is. Her default expression seems to be ‘a little baffled’, but her character is a great mix of naive vulnerability and brave determination and she pulls out a good level of ‘fuck youuuu!’ when needed. Watching her find her power is awesome (in the original sense of the word), and director Patty Jenkins did a great job with it.
Plus great battle-stunts a-plenty. Of course!
There are some great little interplays between Wonder Woman and our male hero, some subtle, some much more blatant. Set in an era where traditional roles were unquestioned, we watch him learn (slowly, sooo slowly) that this isn’t how it has to work: She obviously doesn’t need him to protect her and won’t put up with that patronising bullshit that has nothing to do with her safety and everything to do with telling her to ‘keep out of it, little lady, and let the man do man things’.
There is one scene that is my absolute favourite in their interactions (no spoilers), and completely reminiscent of my favourite scene in Mad Max: Fury Road, where our male hero-sidekick casually behaves in a way that acknowledges her skills and talents. No grand epiphany, just ‘okay, I get it now, let me help you do your thing’.
In case you haven’t seen this trailer:
TL;DR: I went and saw Wonder Woman, I loved it, it made me all:
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