Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Reviews
Not many Wonder Women fans know her true story!
This film will be too hot for many people to handle, but if you leave your puritanical judgment at home, it's interesting. I love wonder women more now than I did before.
For an $8 ticket, you'll get $10 worth of entertainment.
William Moulton Marston is the original author of the Wonder Woman stories, even though many of the books he wrote used the pseudonym Charles Moulton. Living a life as a professor, he became infatuated with one of his students. His wife sharing the same affections toward her lead to a love triangle between the three of them. William discovering that their traits made up the perfect woman, this lead to the creation of the character we all know and love today. Being a much more sexualized character in the past, things began to spiral out of control for this family.
I loved watching this movie, but I also found myself wanting more in terms of how it was telling this story. I felt as though it was taking me through the motions rather than coming up with a clever way of telling its story. Yes, it has come clever editing techniques in the way that it goes back and forth through multiple periods of time, and even though the editing style was easily the stand out to me here, it wasn't enough to completely suck me in. Where I feel this film shined was in it's casting.
Luke Evans has always impressed me, whether it's an appearance as a generic villain in Fast & Furious 6 or showing his musical talents in Beauty and the Beast just to name a couple, I've always seen him as someone who could be a real household name one day. This is definitely one of his most subtle performances, but the way he hid his accent and played off of each actress/actor. Rebecca Hall is wonderful as always and upon looking up Bella Heathcote's acting credits and seeing that she appeared in movies like In Time and Fifty Shades Darker and still having no clue who she was until now made me think that she wouldn't be memorable, but I can see her starring in her own film in the coming years. She came off as a very likable woman here and I can't wait to see more of her.
In the end, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women uses a lot of techniques that countless other films do in recent years so that was quite the downfall to me, considering the subject matter was so risqué and intriguing for a modern audience, given our present climate. It's not going to be for everyone, due to the fact that the story itself may turn viewers off, but it's a true story that I'm sure many would like to discover. Overall, an impressive movie about the invention of a lovable character that has gone quite a bit under the radar, which is a shame.
Another icon of US culture explained
William Moulton Marston was a professor teaching psychology with his wife about how women can be just as strong and as empowering as men with concepts like dominance, submission, and inducement
both of them wanted to better understand the female thinking process so they decide to experiment with one of their students Olive Byrne
next to creating the first ever lie detector all three of them are one of the earliest examples of a polygamous relationship, something that was still considered taboo back in the day
among their desires and explorations Marston creates Wonder Woman as a symbol of truth that women can be strong, free-thinking and powerful
yet Marston faced utter scrutiny from the public claiming his comic book character promoted violence, sadomasochist behavior, and sexual depravity, the books were even banned for a period of time
the film is appropriately dramatic with its 3 leads from Luke Evans to Rebecca Hall to Bella Heathcoate, the music is very graceful, and has a more profound context in terms of its dialogue and history
the underlying tones of freedom and feminist energy really shine, too
another important story to be heard not just about the iconic character but the creators who gave her strength to stand out
Director Angela Robinson is set to adapt Terry Moore's much-loved Strangers in Paradise graphic novel series as a film, next. I'd rather that story stay on the page - but if it's going to get made, it could not possibly be in better hands.