Wonder Woman Isn't The Hero We Deserve
As a superhero movie enthusiast, DC Comics' films have been on a decline in quality in its' most recent years. Filled with plot holes and nothing but explosions, leaving people with false and forgettable impressions. Hearing the news of a Wonder Woman movie was very enticing.
Wonder Woman was supposed to be our pinnacle of feminist imagery in pop culture. She was supposed to empower young girls and women to be heroes just as their male counterparts are encouraged to every day. I believe this film still does that to an extent, but it is hard to ignore the underlying tones of misogyny in the film.
We are started off with a package from Bruce Wayne being delivered to Wonder Woman who is working at a desk somewhere in Paris, France. Clearly a plot point to indicate Wonder Woman will be alongside Batman in a future film. Why not self-promote for the first 5 minutes of your own film I already paid to watch?
The film truly begins on the island of the Amazons where we are introduced to the young Diana, daughter of the Queen of the Amazons. Where she is not allowed to fight on an island filled with women who's sole purpose is to fight. Predictably against her mothers' wishes, she undergoes training in secret to prepare for a 'Great battle'.
I don't plan on talking about the film in full detail, only where it falls flat. These scenes are filled with Diana being a total badass, saving countless lives, and being more badass.
Then there is the trademark forced love plot which was only to be expected of a DC movie, but what I can't wrap my head around is the end. How it ends seems like someone cut and paste 2 scenes where there should have been nothing, but again, that's not what I want to focus on.
But, how Diana defeats Aries is my biggest problem. That is my focus. The fact that Diana is incapable of defeating Aries with her lifetime of battle training and determination and God power alone, she can only defeat him once the 'love of her life' has blown himself up. With the one scene the movie takes everything they've backed Diana with, all her battle training and experience and literal God powers, and resorted it to only being able to act on her emotions. You're trying to tell me that Batman and Superman are allowed to powerful all the time despite their lack of training and God powers, but Wonder Woman, a God, still has to rely on her human emotions to defeat her ultimate enemy? And romantic emotions nonetheless?
This move trivializes Diana to being just another female trope who isn't strong enough to defeat her demons and can only truly act on her human feelings. Despite being a God.
All in all, the movie is good. The cinematography is great. The writing is good with some dodgey bits at the end. The underlying theme is that Wonder Woman fights for love and her 'one true love' is who showed her the light in humanity and blah, blah, blah. The film left me feeling bitter about the sucker punch of an ending. I will act on my emotions by not seeing another DC film, which always seem to leave me with this bitter aftertaste.