Wonder Woman: Review and Analysis of Themes

DC’s Wonder Woman earned the third highest sales in 2017 for its opening weekend.

Behind only Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Beauty and the Beast (Fansided), Wonder Woman racked in 100 million in its opening weekend (Cinema Blend). This surpassed the Box Office’s estimate of 83 million. Additionally, Gould and Wittmer wrote that Wonder Woman earned the most successful opening weekend in history for a movie directed by a woman (Business Insider).

Wonder Woman is exciting, exhilarating, and energetic. It seizes the attention of the viewers effectively as if Wonder Woman herself is holding them all in place with her glowing whip.

But Wonder Woman is more than just another fast- paced hero thrill. It’s a celebration of the best aspects of humanity. It’s a criticism of American society of the past, and it’s a portrayal of important feminist themes. This film redefined what it means to be a woman.

One of the most important messages of this film is the importance of simply doing good and being good. Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, states, “My father told me once that if you see something wrong in the world, you can either do something about it or do nothing.” Which choice will you make? In the film, Ares believes humans should be wiped out because of their violent and erroneous ways. The main characters prove him wrong. They demonstrate humans’ capacity for love, compassion, kindness, selflessness, and morality. These are the aspects that make us redeemable.

In today’s competitive, fast- paced, and politically divisive world, these qualities are more important than ever.

Wonder Woman believes that “Love can change the world.” The message sounds sappy, even cliché. But it’s true. If more politicians, military leaders, and even the terrorists took this to heart, the world would be a better place. And hearing it from the badass character of Wonder Woman makes a difference in how it’s received.

What I really like about this movie is that it conveys feminist themes without going on rants or diatribes. Patty Jenkins, the director, expertly introduced the themes in subtle and effective ways. For instance, during the boat scene, Steve asks Wonder Woman about what she knows about sex and pleasure. Wonder Woman informs him that she’s read all 12 of Cleo’s Treatises on Body and Pleasure. She says that Cleo concluded that men are needed for procreation but unnecessary when it comes to pleasure (these are fictional treatises and Cleo is a fictional DC character). Steve responds with a pained, “No!” Jenkins teases the male sex with these hilarious, feminist lines (although Gal Gadot should get some credit as much of this scene was improve!).

Another memorable, feminist moment happens after Steve says that no one can cross ‘no man’s land’ (the open, barren land between the Allies and Central Powers). Wonder Woman responds by proving that she’s ‘the man’ who can.

The feminist themes in the film imply not only that women can do anything men can. According to Wonder Woman, they can do more. They are different from men, but this doesn’t make them inferior. Rather, they can use their differences to their advantage.

Women are often more in touch with their emotions than men. Wonder Woman demonstrates that being emotional is not a weakness but rather a strength.

Steve Trevor and the other men in the group ignored their feelings of sympathy toward the wounded and feelings of anger and despair toward the war. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, used her feelings as a guide and a motivating force for her actions. And it worked! She succeeded each time she listened to her intuition and feelings.

Keep in mind that this film’s setting is the 1920’s. During this time, women were restricted in job choice, looked down on by men, and kept out of the conversation on matters of business or war. There’s a humorous contrast between the fearless, powerful Wonder Woman and the timid secretary who accepts her subservient role in society.

The character of Wonder Woman is ideal for the representation of feminist themes. Growing up on a hidden island populated solely by women, she has no predispositions about women and society. Wonder Woman exemplifies one of the times when ignorance can be a good thing. Knowledge and experience can corrupt, and sometimes those that are the most inexperienced are the ones we can trust the most. This is because they’re not influenced by any subjective experiences in society.

Wonder Woman is like a blunt and honest child when it comes to society and women’s roles in it.

On her island, she wasn’t exposed to feminists, anti- feminists, or social norms. Her observations about society and ‘modern’ women are completely her own. Therefore, when she questions why a woman can’t be present in the military meeting or when she compares the secretary’s position to slavery, we listen.

Watching Gal Gadot stride into the male- only military room and shout vociferously at the general is a scene to behold. While the other military personnel accepted whatever they were told, Wonder Woman listened to her feelings of indignation. She called the general out on his cowardly ways and immoral decisions.

This scene serves as a reminder to ‘go with your gut.’ If you know something is wrong, trust yourself and speak up about it.

Watching the ‘Amazon Warriors” in this film is inspiring and empowering to anyone: man, or woman.

Keep in mind that a lot of what you see in the Amazon Warrior scenes is real. The horseback riding, hand to hand combat, and many of the stunts were actually performed. Jenavieve Hatch, for the Huffington Post, said that Ann Wolfe, the actress for Artemis, is a famous boxer. She’s considered by many to be the best female boxer of all time. Samantha Joe a.k.a. Euboea was a body double on 300: Rise of an Empire. And last but not least, Brooke Ence a.k.a. Penthesilia, is a competitive cross- fit athlete. And this is only a few of the many incredible women who worked on this film.

Additionally, all the ‘Amazon Warriors’ endured a difficult training regimen to prepare for the filming.

Read this article for more about these impressive women:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-wonder-woman-amazons-all-woman-army_us_5936cc94e4b0cfcda917f13e

Women in real life may not have super human abilities. But they can adopt the admirable qualities that the women in this movie embody.

This film uses the American society of the past to raise some interesting questions. For instance, if you’re a woman, do you want an assistantship position to a man- the kind of job that women were restricted to in the past? Or will you take advantage of the new opportunities available to women today? Will you be timid, voiceless, and submissive  like the secretary in the film? Or will you be bold, courageous, and outspoken like Wonder Woman?

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