Wonder Woman: A Celebration of Feminine Strength and Power
Women are underrepresented in Hollywood. Based on that fact alone, Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins gets a 20 on a scale of 1 - 10. At the American Box Office, Wonder Woman sold $100.5 million in tickets, which broke the record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a woman. It is also the first female super hero in more than a decade and the first solo live-action film for the character. This is a huge moment for representation of women in film AND the film accomplishes so much. Wonder Woman is a strong and compassionate woman.
The Island where Wonder Woman/Diana (exquisitely played by Gal Gadot) comes from, Themyscira, is an all female paradise where the Amazon warriors train. Wonder Woman grows up thinking she can do anything. (I'm getting excited!) This is a strong group of woman training for battle and many of the women are real life athletes.
While there are many great moments, one that stands out is when Diana bursts into male dominated meetings, ignores when men tell her she can't do something, and likens a secretary job to slavery. The movie puts out expectations as to how women are supposed to behave today but since Diana was raised on an island with women, she doesn't know about these expectations and doesn't care when she does finds out. She doesn't apologize for being a woman. The movie advocates her power and femininity. The beauty is, her power doesn't lessen because she cares too much, in fact her kindness and caring makes her stronger.
When a film makes money, that doesn't necessarily mean the film has a creative side and you know something, it doesn't have to. My friend Barbara Schwartz reminded me "this one is very endearing and lady empowering and that's a strong subject matter for today". I couldn't have said it better.
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Quote to take with you for the week:
"Here is to strong women - may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them with kindness."
Fro FB "Lynda Carter" page 11/2014