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Wonder Woman: A hero for all the right reasons

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Reactions to the new Wonder Woman (2017) have run the gamut from positive to enthusiastic. Everyone seems to love finally seeing this DC superhero reach the big screen. It’s hard to tell whether folks are more surprised at seeing a big-budget woman-fronted movie succeed, or a good DC movie. After the disappointments that were Suicide Squad and Batman versus Superman, the Wonder Woman movie was a buoyant, optimistic surprise.

It’s would be worth going just to stare at the gorgeous actors for two hours.

Wonder Woman, played by the lovely to look at Gal Gadot, brought surety to her role. She wasn’t a shrinking violet, surprised by the land of men. Nor was she someone who fawned over the first man she met — Steve Trevor, played without cynicism by the even lovelier Chris Pine. Even keeled and pragmatic, Wonder Woman leaves on a mission and keeps to that mission even when others are distracted, afraid, or convinced there are other considerations. She’s strong, without being strident (in the way filmmakers often employ to give someone without power the appearance of it). It’s nice to see the writers acknowledge the misogyny of the time, including scenes where she’s kicked out of meetings rooms filled with frowning older white men, and also the acceptance of Steve Trevor and others that she meets. She exists in the world, but refuses to bow down to it.

A few of the articles I read commented on how little romance ended up in the film. Others were relieved that Diana Prince, as she’s known throughout the movie, didn’t play the shy virgin. Her relationship with Steve Trevor seemed to keep them on equal footing, without any kind of cat and mouse pursuit.

Who knew attraction could be mutual and not involve pointless arguing? (Note: sarcasm)

First, it’s too bad that we have to examine every aspect of this movie with a strong female, inspecting it like a scientist trying to discern social mores from a singular item. Since we do, though, it’s nice that people have found the message reassuring.

More often than not, other commenters, critics, and writers turn to the topic of how this movie will affect young girls visiting the theater today. How will it be, growing up in a world where they see themselves represented as a hero: Someone determined, and having that be a positive traits. Someone who can be feminine, and wear a pretty dress, but stick her sword down the back of it, because she still has a plan. These girls might wonder, when they are older and look back, what all the fuss was about.

I like that idea, even more than I like looking at Chris Pine or Gal Gadot.

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About Lela Bay

Lela lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments, though these days she mostly plays Rock Band. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela

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