After Wonder Woman was recently released, the internet exploded with all kinds of analysis and opinions of the film. Some of them included topics like:
Is Wonder Woman a feminist film?
Does Wonder Woman show too much skin?
Is Wonder Woman too thin?
Wonder Woman focuses too much on the love interest.
Wonder Woman is weak in her final battle.
Normally when a comic book superhero film releases I see articles that discuss what hidden Easter eggs are in the film, comparing the comics to the film, ranking the heroes/villains/movie in the universe, fan theories and speculation as to how the film will impact the rest of the shared universe. Not so much with Wonder Woman.
About a month ago “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” released. There were no articles about the actors’ physic fitting their roles, no one questioned the love interest aspect, and no one criticized the self-sacrificing actions of the heroes. People just accepted that the film was good (aside from those who didn’t … whoever they are) and moved on with their lives.
Is Wonder Woman perfect? No. But then (spoiler alert) no movie is, as much as it pains me to say.
It’s a shame, too, that Wonder Woman is being so microscopically critiqued when here are the facts:
– It is the first female lead superhero film in 12 years (in case you don’t remember that would be “Elektra” starring Jennifer Garner … now you know why you forgot).
– This is the first feature film focused on Wonder Woman, despite the character being around since 1941 (same year as Captain America, I might add).
– This is the highest grossing film made by a female director. Ever.
– This is one of the most critically acclaimed superhero films, not just female superhero films, plain old superhero films.
The battle is over, Wonder Woman won. Yes, the war is still on, there is still plenty of work to do, but Wonder Woman just struck the first blow.
So, the internet can argue over whether or not Wonder Woman uses too much lip gloss, but I’m heading back to the theater to see her again because I love watching cinematic history unfold in front of my eyes. Especially if it’s this amazing.
Brewster is a graduate of Lewiston High School and Lewis-Clark State College who is earning her master’s degree in film and television studies at the University of Glasgow. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.