I’m juggling and shifting my blog post schedule around to bring you all my take on the film, Wonder Woman, which Leesie and I went and saw this last weekend.
This is not a review but rather an initial impact on me as a writer and storyteller. Have no fear, there will be no spoilers shared here!
I went into the movie expecting it to be good based on reviews I’ve come across. I have not been the biggest fan of the DC comics movies so far (I enjoyed the first halves of Man of Steel and Suicide Squad) but I have held out hope that the trailer I saw for Wonder Woman would hold up for the entire film.
We watched the movie and my first comment to Leesie afterward was, “I am amazed that it took until 2017 for us to get a movie like that.” Now, what I meant was, “Holy crap! Why have we not had a movie centered on a woman super hero?!” Seriously, I loved the film. It had so much good in it that I’m still processing everything to this day.
What’s more is I truly loved hearing Leesie’s take on it. In case you all don’t know, I’m a straight white male and that has…interesting connotations in today’s society (let’s leave that ditty for another day though). My wife’s opinion means a lot to me as a storyteller and I often expose her to movies or shows that impact me as a writer and I want her take on it. This doesn’t always go over well though because she doesn’t see what I see but that’s not really a bad thing. I’m just a nerd who gets inspired by things not everyone else does lol. So, not a knock on her, I just really like to hear her reaction.
But for Wonder Woman, I absolutely wanted to hear her reaction. To listen to her talk about how it evoked emotion in her to witness a woman who was both powerful and compassionate lead the charge (not a spoiler since it’s in the trailers but that “no man’s land” scene was one of the best I’ve ever seen) tore at me. As a man, and I like to think I value women pretty well (all thanks to my mom), I don’t know what it’s like to be a woman. I don’t know how women feel or think. I don’t know what their experiences are in the workplace and other social constructs. I just don’t but I love that I can talk to my wife and listen to her talk about these things that are inspiring to her and for different reasons than they are for me.
One other aspect she brought up to me (after reviewing this blog post) was the fact that Diana did not devalue the men she encountered (for the first time mind you) but came alongside them, learning about them as people and valuing what they had to bring to the table. This idea of co-value is what seems to be missing in a lot of the discussion between men and women’s roles in society. We are different. Biologically and mentally there are differences but in action we can carry out the same goals. I am always thinking about this as a writer and even putting it up against other stories in any medium of media.
Already, my mind is going back to the female characters of my stories. I’ve never wanted to write ones that feel inferior for the sake of a plot device. I truly don’t want to tell the story of a damsel in distress who can only be saved by the knight in shining armor. It’s been done to death and it’s not an interesting story to tell (at least not to me).
As I write and revise the first book of the Ravanguard series, I’m reassessing my main female protagonist’s scenes in which I explore her thoughts and actions in the conflicts she faces. Yes, she has help from both male and female counterparts but I truly desire to write her stronger than I previously had. Will she make mistakes? Yes, because that’s believable and makes her grow as a character but I don’t have to write her into corners or the tallest, darkest tower with way to escape lest their be some chiseled Fabio chump to scale that tower to free her.
Wonder Woman was an amazing film to experience and I highly recommend it to everyone. I came away extremely impressed with the direction of the film by director, Patty Jenkins (keep an eye on her as a director) and Gal Gadot’s performance as Diana aka Wonder Woman. Gadot was mesmerizing and embodied a hero with a clear vision of purpose and power. Ignore the naysayers and pompous twits who feel the need to gripe over sensitivity issues (most of these are results of their own biases). Form your own opinion and let that be enough.
Call to Action: Go see it. In fact, if you’ve already seen it, go see it again. I don’t often watch movies twice in theaters but I would absolutely jump at the chance to see Wonder Woman again.