“Wonder Woman” — And Why I Loved It

Friday night, our local comic book store (shout-out to Black Cat Comics) sponsored a ladies’ night outing to the new “Wonder Woman” movie.  We gathered at the shop for snacks and chatting about female superheroes, and Wonder Woman in particular.  What was interesting was that, with one exception, all of our earliest memories of Wonder Woman came from this:

Only one woman present, Black Cat co-owner Francie Soito, had her earliest memories from the comic books.  Soito shared some information about the various artists who had done work on the title over the years, including creator William Moulton Marston — who was an internationally renowned psychologist, and inventor of the lie detector (you can see where the golden lasso of truth comes into play, right?).  You can learn a lot more about Marston, and Wonder Woman’s comic book origins, in this article from Smithsonian magazine.

Anyway, after some chatting we headed off to the local cinema and took our seats in the  ultra-modern theatre, with its comfy recliners.  We were all attired in some kind of Wonder Woman gear, whether full costume or the pasteboard tiaras and bracelets provided by DC Comics.  We got our popcorn, settled into our recliners, and watched an amazing film.

Now, I have to make a confession here.  My husband and his best buddy are huge comic book lovers.  Most of the time, when I go with them to a movie based on a comic book, I fall asleep.  Yep, I do.  Unless the story is really gripping … and doesn’t rely on the audience knowing in advance who all of the characters are and the background for every situation … it just happens.  I can’t follow it.  Notable exceptions over the years have been the “Captain America” and “Iron Man” franchises.

Anyway, when I said that I was going to see “Wonder Woman,” my husband’s buddy asked whether my Facebook account had been hacked!  They tease me about not having the “super hero religion.”  It’s all in good fun, of course … but I can understand why they were both surprised.

So, here’s why I loved the movie (okay, several reasons):  first, it doesn’t depend on you knowing everything there is to know about Wonder Woman.  Second, the cast is outstanding.  Israeli actor Gal Godot does an excellent turn as Diana, and how great was it to see Robin Wright (who played Princess Buttercup in “The Princess Bride”) as Amazon General Antiope?  Even Chris Pine was well-cast as Steve Trevor.

Third, there are scenes in Selfridges.  If you have never been to this London store, and the opportunity presents itself, you really should go.  Even if you don’t buy a damn thing, it’s worth it to walk around and look at the displays.  This is the store where shopping as a pastime was invented … but that’s a story for another time.

This is a gritty film that shows the ugly side of World War I.  No punches are pulled.  I’m good with that, too.  The idea that war is glamorous needs to go away.

And finally?  I loved this film because, in the end, it is about the importance of being true to who you really are.  We all need to be reminded that we should live up to our own expectations, regardless of what external forces might try to make us do.

Here’s the trailer for the new film.  You should go.

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