Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Reviews
This is a complex movie to review as it is telling a story but there is debate about whether that story is true or not -- and that story itself is pretty complex and controversial. I didn't know any of this going into the movie and, only after, did I spend some time trying to learn more.
Taken on its face, the movie is an interesting story of the creation of Wonder Woman. There is so much I had no idea about. The fact that her creator was the inventor of the lie detector (think of her lasso). The fact that her creator is the inventor of the DiSC theory and that Wonder Woman was his way of talking to the world about DiSC theory (mind blown!). And the idea that Wonder Woman was based on/inspired by his wife and his lover. Or that Wonder Woman was banned and the comic books burned for their content. All of that was interesting and new.
But the movie is dominated by the (purported) relationship between the three main characters.
And what is tricky is there is no evidence of first source material to support most of the movie. So, much of this is the director's creation of what she imagines happened.
In the end, I found the story interesting, but I also left wondering how much of it was true vs. imagined.
Note: The movie deals with some sexual topics in somewhat graphic detail. Folks who might consider themselves more conservative here might not be comfortable with the movie.
Of the three characters, I especially enjoyed every line delivered by Rebecca Hall, who played Elizabeth Marston. She tells him early on that she's smarter than him, he agrees, and so does the audience. She's very witty, and sounds so much like Emma Thompson.
Two other notes - I actually got choked up at the real-life picture of elderly Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne, who continued to live together for decades after Marston's death. Second, if you watch this on a plane on one of those screens that are mounted in the headrest, you will attract attention from your neighbors.
Interesting, well made movie that could've been more courageous and less polished.
First, what's with the accents? He was American, and his wife was raised in Boston, but yet, somehow the writer and director decided why not have two BRITISH ACTORS playing those parts, despite Luke trying to hide his accent we clearly hear both with British accents. No one that arrives in the US at 5 years old keeps their accent. And the Olive character is AUSTRALIAN? Are they running out of AMERICAN actors to play parts anymore?? Why are so many parts that are AMERICAN played by foreigners?
And let's forget that they (school girls) are supposed to be playing 19-22, but they all look over 30. Did reality just slip away? Olive was around 18 in the movie, but the actor is 30. What? They don't at all.
I don't believe the dialogue written. Doesn't ring true. It was written for a late 1920/30s story with a 2017 third wave feminist perspective. More SJW gibberish. There was no reason for it.
Knowing who the writer and director is it makes sense. Lesbian writer and director making a film about lesbians and feminism.
It was so painful to watch.