The all-female Wonder Woman screening has been exposing misogynistic fucks and enabling people to take them down in the most brutal ways possible and if that doesn’t honour Wonder Woman’s legacy I don’t know what will
Ever since the first trailer came out, I could not stop waiting for this movie. Finally, on June 1st, it arrived in cinemas.
And even without a night of sleep, I pulled my closest friends to the theater to go see it. What I found? A movie that did not disappoint. Most people always disagree with me when I say I am a DC fan. Seriously? Why do they always have to compare to Marvel? Can’t we all just appreciate the superhero movies equally?
With that being said, let’s take a look at everything I loved about Wonder Woman.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead. *
1. LITTLE DIANA
Bless this beautiful, beautiful child. She did a great job of playing a young Diana. I think the audience gave a collective, “Awww” when she appeared. With her doing cute little kicks and punches, it just added to the overall cuteness. But then she gives you this smirk and you know that the Princess of the Amazons is also a stubborn, sassy little girl who knows what she wants and goes after it.
2. EPIC FIGHT SCENES
The trailer alone showed some great potential in the fight department, but actually seeing everything on the big screen gives you this whole new feeling! It’s the “holy-shit- I- can’t- breathe” feeling. The kind where you stare with eyes wide open because you’re afraid that if you blink, you’re gonna miss something cool. The first few minutes of the movie, with the amazon warriors fighting off Germans on the shores of Themyscira (thank you, Steve) was amazing! We also see Queen Hippolyta and Antiope in action. (side note: my fave part would have to be her jumping onto a make shift shield that Steve grabbed and killing a sniper, taking down the whole top of the church doing so).
Bruce got nothing on that lasso.
3. Steve Trevor
I love Chris Pine. I have loved him ever since he came out in “Princess Diaries 2” and “Just My Luck”, when I was still a teenager in high school. And then he went and became Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and my fangirl heart could not help but love him more. Now, he has proven again how great he is by playing the charming, fearless, and disobedient Captain Steve Trevor.
I’m so glad he chose to do this over Green Lantern! He was great when they were using the Lasso of Truth on him, but the funniest part for me was when Diana dropped by while he was taking a bath.
Diana: Are you a prime example of the average man? (or something like that)
Steve: No, I’m above average.
4. Gal Gadot
Unlike most people, I had nothing against Gal (or her allegedly small boobs *insert snort*) when she was first cast as Wonder Woman. Honestly, I was more concerned with how the story would go, but damn. She proved everyone wrong. She played the role perfectly. Perfectly. I am not joking. I cannot imagine anyone else who would’ve done a spectacular job as her. (And take note, she was pregnant whilst shooting this).
She could be fierce, emotional, humorous. She lighted up the screen, man. Figuratively and literally. And yes, she rocked that costume! Ugh that costume! At first, I was skeptical. After all, I am a big fun of the comics, and I sometimes hate it when they change these iconic things about characters (e.g. Barry Allen not being blonde in the TV series or the movie). But I came to love it. It showed more of her Amazonian roots than her iconic outfit in the animated series before.
5. No Man’s Land
This was the best scene/ segment of the movie for me. I had goosebumps watching her climb up to No Man’s Land. Add that to the fact that Steve tells her the soldiers have been there for nearly a year and haven’t gain an inch, yet she just strolls up there like is a fcking field of lilies and is dodging bullets better than The Matrix. My heart. My fangirl heart.
Everything about it was so right. You have these bleak, grey landscape and yet Wonder Woman is wearing such vibrant colors. Then there are these slow- motion sequence where she’s blocking the bullets like some sort of freaking Jedi. And her shield seems to like glow while she’s getting hit with a machine gun and and and she’s dodging those bombs like they’re nothing. Nothingggggg. Then everyone else follows her and charges at the enemies. And I’m just sitting there like:
Up to now, my feels are still overwhelming. The story was great, the cast was great AND THE DIRECTOR, PATTY JENKINS. YOU ARE A BLESSING FROM GOD. I cannot wait for the Justice League movie. DC got this right, and hopefully, they keep getting it right.
Seriously though I walked out of that movie feeling so empowered and the guy sitting next to my friend and I said that our cheering for Diana made the movie ten times better and I watched two little girls pretend they had super powers and this film is so important because it shows girls how strong they can really be and brb I am crying.
Something else about Patty Tolan that I really love is even though she’s the tallest and looks the strongest, she’s really polite and mild-mannered and doesn’t like fighting at all. She didn’t sign up to this club to fight ghosts, she wanted to join a book club and talk about history. She’s introduced as the most cowardly of the group, and unlike the others who approach the first ghost they see, her instinct when she sees a ghost is to (rather sensibly) run the fuck away.
BUT - even though she’s terrified 99% of the time and would prefer to run than fight, the instant someone else is in danger she will hurl herself into harm’s way to protect them. When Abby attacks her she cowers behind a table, but then Abby gets Holtzmann by the throat and she screams and fucking sprints across the room to save her. She fights possessed, ghost-powered Abby one-handed while holding onto Holtzmann out the window with the other. She’s utterly freaked-out the whole time, but god damn it her friend is in danger so not only does she save Holtzy, she still has time to slapthe ghost out of Abby too.
And then when they’re fighting in Times Square to get to Kevin? Again, she is all about protecting people. She saves Holtzmann’s life twice, and when they come up against Rowan and he drops Kevin, she screams “Nobody hurts Kevin! Nobody!” before unleashing a barrage on him.
Patty Tolan is gentle, non-violent and easily frightened. But the instant someone threatens one of her friends, she becomes the bravest, strongest and most terrifying buster of them all.
Wonder Woman made me realize I wanna get strong, not skinny and I don’t need anyone else -especially not men- to make my dreams come true.
I am so grateful for this film, for Patty, Gal, Chris and every single person who worked hard to make it happen.
I didn’t know how much I needed this movie until I’ve seen it, but know anytime I think about it I feel free, strong and able to do anything.
From a 16 years old girl.
I am SO READY for Patti Smith to be the one leading this revolution in America.
From her rallying cry last night in Los Angeles:
‘Are you ready? A hard rain IS going to fall. And what do we do? We walk through it! With our hands empty! We are going to walk across fucking America! We are going to fill the fucking streets! We will not give up! We will NOT behave! We will not do anything but be a thorn in their fucking side until they fucking bleed! Be strong. Be happy. Be healthy. Take to the streets, with your hands empty, with your hands up. We are surrendering to the greater good.’
(Starts at around 5:20, prior to ripping all her strings off her guitar)