Sometimes I read something I wrote a long time ago and think, gosh, did I really write that?! (in a good way, mostly…). I think maybe this review about the 2017 Wonder Woman film that I wrote for Grant Watson’s FictionMachine site might become one of those things. I’m super proud of it.
Some of my favourite bits:
In Wonder Woman, there is a sense of joy that has been missing from DC’s cinematic universe, something akin to, but more mature than, that we see in the Supergirl television show. Diana’s naïveté is offset by her formidable intellect and education, to say nothing of her strength of character and physical prowess. Gadot’s portrayal of this is sublime, and is perhaps the key part of what makes the film work so well.
I am not suggesting movies by and about women should be exempt from critique. The problem is we have so few of them, the tiniest fraction compared with the plethora by and featuring men, that to pick one to pieces (as some pundits are so generously doing) is to imply that all films by and about women are inherently flawed. This is of course a fallacy but until we have the same multitudes to examine, it is disingenuous to suggest Wonder Woman should have done more, should have been more, or should have shown more. First there need to be more, and then we can find within those multitudes all the things we can examine.
You can read the whole thing here.