When the lights went up, I looked over to my girlfriend, there were tears in her eyes but joy was written all over her face.
This is the look of inspiration.
Her eyes glued to the screen, the look of shock and amazement when she saw that a woman directed one of her favorite films, and the realization that this was more than just a film.
I couldn’t imagine how she must’ve felt.
All I knew for certain was that this is an important film and after viewing the film twice, I see why.
We (and most importantly, Girls) finally have a hero worth rooting for
Three weekends ago, I never expected this movie to turn into the phenomenon it is today.
Most importantly, I didn’t think in a million years I would be so in awe of Wonder Woman (the film and the character).
What instantly struck me about Diana (Wonder Woman) was how she inherently wants to do the right thing.
This could’ve been boring and one dimensional, but the filmmakers smartly made her, naive.
We, in the real world sadly, know it’s impossible to ALWAYS want to do the right thing, but to see Diana continually challenge the cynical/unforgiving world around her, inspired the hell out of me.
Imagine how this felt to women.
I’m not going to get political or talk about gender rights, but I will say this, it’s heartbreaking to think they had to wait this long for a film such as this.
This is a new thing, when it shouldn’t feel as such.
In our world, women can be stereotyped as delusional or over emotional and men are seen as brutes, who dismiss rationality all too often.
Thankfully, Wonder Woman utilizes the ideals of love, and doing the right thing.
None of this feels forced and better yet, it feels inspired.
Her naivety isn’t a weakness.
Part of the human experience is to be naive, and this is where we as an audience are able to sympathize with her.
Most of the female friends in my life have been subjugated to being told to suck it up or being shamed for being emotional or for being “cold.”
Wonder Woman isn’t afraid to be who she is and the power of seeing such a character brought to life was exhilarating.
Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman
Look, I’ll be the first to admit I was against Gal Gadot being cast.
I felt she lacked the power and grace (two words that will become synonymous with the marketing campaign) and didn’t think she had the chops.
Well, I ate my words when she debuted in Batman v Superman and when I left the theatre after Wonder Woman, I was convinced this is one of the most iconic performances of all time.
And when I say iconic, I mean that she was BORN to play this role.
There are plenty of classically trained actors that could’ve “elevated” the material in certain ways, but that’s not the point.
Casting makes or breaks your film, and Zack Snyder wisely chose her because he saw something in her that millions did not.
Gal’s performance works mostly because every single second she’s on screen, there’s not an ounce of doubt in her performance.
This feels like a full bodied person, one who lives and breathes and isn’t just an actress saying lines while looking badass.
You instantly believe in this person, and Gal’s effortless charm makes each scene a delight.
Every time I ask someone about her performance, the instant reaction I get is, “I LOVE HER.”
And thankfully, I agree with them.
We all love Gal Gadot and I’m so glad she’s having her moment.
Patty Jenkins will forever be proof that Female directors should NEVER be a risk
I remember coming home from elementary school and turning on the TV right when I got home.
For years this was my ritual and I would see commercials for films that looked uninteresting or amazing, but one movie always struck me as peculiar.
That movie was, Pay it Forward, a film that starred Hayley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Kevin “I killed a dog in the opening scene of House of Cards” Spacey.
It looked sad and ridculous, because it was about a boy that kept trying to do good deeds for people less fortunate than him.
Even at 8 years old, this movie looked manipulative.
Anyways, the movie came out and lost money and we all moved on.
But you know why I bring this film up? Because the director is Mimi Leder, and she’s been in director’s jail ever since.
She hasn’t made a Hollywood film since but has moved on to direct some of the best television shows ever made, such as The Leftovers.
Male directors have been able to direct flops and move on to make big budget flops for years, (The director of The Mummy directed a tearjerker that looked like a low budget Michael Bay film and that film lost money).
Another example is that people believe female action movies don’t put people in the seats and they STILL use Catwoman and Elektra as examples.
In film school, I noticed a big difference in the stories that men and women were telling, and let me tell you, it’s amazing how different those films can be.
I’m not saying one is better or worse, but there’s clearly merits and differences in those voices.
Patty Jenkins’ direction, even in her OSCAR WINNING, MONEY MAKING, CLASSIC, film Monster, proved she knew how to tackle female relationships in a way male directors don’t.
There’s a sense of effortless nuance in the female characters, especially in her amazing pilot of The Killing.
Imagine if voices like her’s were given more chances, instead of being called a risk or being put in director’s jail for a movie older than half of the stars on Disney Channel.
Her direction in Wonder Woman is expressive, old fashioned, and confident. It’s the kind of blockbuster that makes you believe studios haven’t lost their humanity.
Personal Shopper was my favorite film offering this year but Wonder Woman has taken the title and it’s holding on tight.
Wonder Woman is an important movie, not just because of what it means to girls and women around the world, but because it’s breaking the glass ceiling that should’ve never been there in the first place.
Wonder Woman is currently in theaters & on track to be the highest grossing DCEU film in the US & Canada