Annette Pryce gives The Queerness a ‘totally biased’ and gushing review of the latest blockbuster to come out of the DC comic remakes, Wonder Woman. Beware of spoilers.
I’ve spent the better part of my, now, nearly 39 years being a devout DC comic fan……no I never collected comics, but I watched films being a child of the 80’s. Superman was my favourite, as well as Batman and Wonder Woman, they’d often show re-runs on tv and it wasn’t until DC did the first re-make of Batman with Batman Begins, and the Dark Knight Rises did I get really excited about what was coming next. There was The Man of Steel. I could see the rumblings of The Justice League in episodes of Smallville. The ways in which they brought these faded comic stars into the 21st century with amazing music, new outfits and technology and visual graphics was like heaven for someone who used to run around the playground ,(as a child), with my coat only buttoned at the top with one arm outstretched as though I was flying….I had fun then.
It takes something extra special to make me sit in a cinema twice in the space of a fortnight for two hours each time. And Wonder Woman hit the spot….. ahem….
Leather clad, sword wielding, ass whooping, ninja kicking, lassoing, badass of a woman, who apparently helps end WW1. Well if this is how men feel when they watch superman, no wonder they are so cocky all the time.
they’d often show re-runs on tv and it wasn’t until DC did the first re-make of Batman with Batman Begins, and the Dark Knight Rises did I get really excited about what was coming next.
It’s always refreshing to see powerful women portrayed on the screen, and when I say powerful, I mean physically powerful, she’s like a demi-god.. but I’m gushing like an idiot now….as it simply is the best film I’ve seen since the Dark Knight. I don’t imagine myself in a black suit, swooping in like a bat, not many woman do…. but we do see ourselves, and this perhaps why this film also appeals to me, as women who don’t need men to protect them. That there are women who are strong, and kind and ‘just’ and are bloody super heroes! OK,OK I’m gushing again, but it’s so so good, and Gal Gadot is swoon worthy for all sorts of different reasons . *swoons*
Of course there is the small matter of the actress’s comments on the Middle East, and while I wont go into it here, as it’s just tad complex; just remember it’s a comic about a silver age of heroism and justice, it’s really not about the actress. Mel Gibson is clearly ‘not very politically correct (I’ll say diplomatically) but it didn’t stop me watching Braveheart.
I don’t imagine myself in a black suit, swooping in like a bat, not many women do…. but we do see ourselves, and this perhaps why this film also appeals to me, as women who don’t need men to protect them.
So what’s it about I hear you cry. Well she comes from the legendary island of Themyscira,which is populated entirely and only by women. These women are Amazon’s created by the mythical Greek Gods to temper men’s jealousy of each other. Aries the God of War is wounded by Zeus, who protects the island by fog from any future invasion of the island by man or Aries, and creates Diana aka Wonder Woman.
I won’t tell you any more of the story, you are just going to have to watch it. If you’re like me and wanted to see some girl-on-girl action in the land of no men, you’ll be disappointed. But not for long, as she makes you wanna stand in front of bullets, well not really, but you know you have that ‘grr’ feeling when you walk out of the cinema.
If the trailer still doesn’t make you want to see this film, then all is lost, ok not really, but it wont disappoint. I promise.
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