Thoughts on Wonder Woman

A few weeks ago, for my sister's birthday, we made an evening of it and went to the theater to see Wonder Woman.  I have thoughts.

Given that it was several weeks ago, the hype has evaporated slightly, and I just want to share a few scattered revelations the film inspired that I jotted down on my phone during the movie.  Yes, I'm that person.  

First, I want to talk about this movie in the context of the conversation around feminism.  (I'm hoping to write a whole, long, researched post about why I'm not a feminist and why I believe it's such a harmful ideology later this summer, so look out for that.)  I was wary about this movie, mostly because feminism is such a huge part of society today, and I could easily see Wonder Woman (Diana) being treated as a female hero who proves men to be stupid weaklings and saves the whole world all by herself.  I feared that this movie would be filled with all of the self-gratifying rhetoric of the feminist movement.  But it wasn't.  This film was done with such grace.  I don't know if it's simply the magic of Gal Gadot (which is very real wow), but Diana herself was a strikingly humble character.  She didn't save the world on her own, not because she couldn't have, but because she recognized the value of each person playing a part.  She is by far the most humble superhero I have ever seen on screen, and the director handled her character with an abundance of grace that was refreshing.  Diana never put down others around her to emphasize her own ability.  She was confident in her power, but not at the expense of others.  

Second, in case you're unfamiliar with the story of WW, like I was, here's what's up.  Diana is part of a group of women called the Amazons (I think) who were set apart by the Greek god Zeus to save the world from the evil god of war, Ares.  That's as much of the plot as I will reveal, again, this is not a review, but yeah, a group of people dedicated to save the world from evil.  If that's not a parallel for something, I'm done here.  Diana is one of the only Amazons who recognizes her role in the world.  When she learns about the war (WWI) taking place beyond their secluded island home, she knows what she has to do immediately.  She keeps this big picture throughout the movie.  She has one job, and she's going to do it if it kills her.  I loved that.  And if all of that is not a parallel to our commission as Christians, I don't know what is.  We are saved to save the world.

There's this moment when Diana and her group of compatriots are hunkered down in the trenches of the Western front during one of the numerous stalemates of the war.  Ignoring the warnings of literally everyone, she climbs out of the bunker and crosses no-man's land.  The movie slows down (as it does many times in a slightly cheesy way when anything suspenseful happens) and she walks across, clearing a path and providing a diversion as the men swarm out after her.  *I cried at this point.*  The thing that kept going through my head (humor me) was that verse in Psalm 46: "God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day" (verse 6).  One thing I am continually aware of is how unconscious I am of the fact that I have the Spirit of God living inside of me.  Like, right now.  And for whatever reason, watching this scene in this movie reminded me of that all over again.  I wrote in my phone: Sisters, we do not know what we are capable of.  And not even just us.  I mean all of us who have the Spirit within us.  We are capable of doing great things, not because we are powerful or wonderful (sorry), but because of Who lives within us.  And yes, yes, I know that's not the point of the film, but I am a firm believer that God works through all mediums and all avenues to teach us and reveal His truth.  

Last but not least, as a woman, I was inspired by Diana's character.  She is the type of character who lifts up everyone around her, regardless of who they are.  When one of the less capable members of her band of soldier/friends almost gives up and goes home, she asks him, "But who will sing for us?" She doesn't put down others because of their weakness, but encourages them in the things they do well.  She has endless empathy for ordinary people.  In fact, there's a scene at the end of the film, when she is battling Ares, and he tries to convince her that the evil, squabbling humans are not worth saving, and she never denies their ugliness or baseness, but she doesn't believe that is a reason not to save them.  Even at the end, she acknowledges that evil is inherent in the human race, but that in the end, Love is the only thing that can save the world.  *Cue opera singing* 

Just see this movie.  The end.

1 comment:

  1. I am one of the only people who hasn't seen this movie and the more I hear the more I regret not having seen it yet! But I certainly intend to; I love your perspective on it! I'm also looking forward to that future post you mentioned! :)