By Gail Davvis-Carter (ListenGive Writer)
When I was a little girl, I loved to watch reruns of the old Wonder Woman series. The part I wanted them to show more of was her home in the series.. But alas, like so many of the heroes and heroines we watch, they are in present day times trying to save the world. I remember even wanting to be like Wonder Woman using my magic lasso to catch the bad people.
The new Wonder Woman, also affectionately called Diana Prince, played by Gal Gardot, will not disappoint audiences. The cinematography is beautiful. And the period of time they place her in to save the world is perfect for all ages. It allows us to see the the mistakes we made in past wars could come back to haunt the people of today.
While the movie boasts a Heroine saving the world, any young child watching the movie will understand the times of yesterday and the similarities of our leadership today. Youth will also experience a woman who is feminine, yet committed to preserving Humanity’s fairness and integrity. They will also experience the nurturing qualities of being a woman. Something I absolutely love about this Wonder Woman.
What I truly enjoyed in the movie is there was no focus on Gender. A woman and man were working together in partnership together to achieve a goal – Save The World. I also loved that when dressed as Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, was able to be free also in feminine dresses and adjusted quite nicely; as well as when saving the world, she was confident in her costume as well.
For me, it showed being a woman is not about what you wear, but who you are as a person. Something I have always experienced and shared with others is important.
The fighting scenes were amazing. When fighting Ares, Wonder Woman never gave up. During every fight scene, she learned she had new powers. This was where I felt Director, Patty Jenkins, did an amazing job in directing Gal Gardot. It was as if she adjusted to each new power she had and was more than willing to see how far she would be able to go. What was also brilliant direction is no matter what Wonder Woman learned of in the time period she was placed in, she never lost her commitment to caring about people. In the one scene, with Ares, where she felt betrayed by the people whom accompanied her, she still kept her commitment to save Humanity, even if that meant going it alone. I think specifically, this will teach all ages to remember the lesson, that we have our own minds, and sometimes we have to make choices that will not reflect agreement of the vast majority.
My other favorite part of this movie was I was actually able to experience all over again in a new way the Amazonian women. It brought me back to my childhood when I wish I could wield a sword. I also wanted secretly as a child to be a female ninja by day; and mother and wife by night. Well I am a wife, so I managed to create that wonderful goal. I don’t think even at twelve years old I could have wielded a sword quite as well as Wonder Woman, but I would have been pretty good at fencing.
Don’t let this weekend go by without enjoying some time hanging out with friends or family to see Wonder Woman. Oh and see it in 3D, you will love it.