Wonder Woman had a record-breaking opening weekend, so word is definitely getting around that this is summer’s first real must-see movie. However, if you’re still on the fence about seeing it – or just think it’s another cliché super hero blockbuster – we have ten reasons you should plan a GNO at the movies ASAP.
- Gal Gadot is 🔥
The Israeli actress, martial artist, model and former Miss Israel served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces and her weapons and combat training allowed her to perform a lot of her own stunts. Oh and did we mention she was pregnant? Gadot’s WW is the perfect blend of woman and warrior. She brings wit (not snark or slapstick), compassion and nuance to the role, giving a whole new meaning to the notion of “fights like a girl.”
- Patty Jenkins shows ’em how it’s done
While other articles focus on the “gamble” Warner-Brothers took hiring a woman to helm their $150 million super hero flick, we’d rather celebrate Jenkins’ $100.5 million opening weekend, (plus an additional $122.5 million worldwide) and her 93% Rotten Tomatoes score. Before WW, the biggest debut for a film directed by a woman was Fifty Shades of Grey. Really glad to see that record topple. Jenkins is the woman who helped Charlize Theron win her first Oscar by casting her as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the disturbing and critically-acclaimed Monster, so yeah, she knows what she’s doing. And she just made it a little easier for other female directors to take their shot.
- Robin Wright is no pretty princess
- It celebrates one new beauty standard
It’s pretty apparent none of the Amazons are using the 2 lb. pink dumbbells in their training. These girls have muscles, scars and abs for days, and not because they’re worried about fitting into their latex cat suit. Still, it’s just a baby step forward in the acceptance of all body types. A conversation came up in my Facebook feed that made an excellent point. Could we ever see someone as jacked as Serena Williams play Wonder Woman? Strong is the new sexy and it comes in all shapes and sizes.
- They flipped the script on a tired movie cliché
HOW many times have we seen the male star in a movie walk in on the female star while she’s bathing? There’s a scene in Wonder Woman where Diana walks in on Steve Trevor, played by the well “above average” Chris Pine. She doesn’t leer or make things awkward and she doesn’t offer him a teeny tiny washcloth to cover himself. This scene was one of the many subtle jabs at tired movie tropes.
- Compassion made a cameo
There’s a sequence in the movie where Diana sees horses being whipped and mothers trying to flee with their babies. Steve wants to continue with their larger mission and skip a small battle to win a larger war. Why try to save one town when there’s a bigger war going on? Diana’s compassion won’t let her make those sacrifices. She knows the small battles are how you win the war. She does both handily. Compassion can sometimes be your secret weapon? We never thought of it that way.
- The fight scenes.
Some of the best parts of the movie were the warrior training scenes and the first battle on Themyscira. Jenkins mixes CGI and practical stunt work to celebrate the women’s grace and athleticism as they uses arrows, swords and brute strength to defeat men with guns. It’s fantastic. Act Three is the usual CGI nightmare – the one superhero cliché Jenkins fell into.
- The guys got it
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and his misfit friends who fight alongside Diana are refreshingly unthreatened by her superior fighting skills and independent spirit. Unlike these jackasses.
- This was no superhero rom com
SNL hit the nail on the head when they did a skit about how a Scarlet Johansen-led Black Widow movie could so easily go off the rails, reducing her to an adorkable Avenger looking for love in all the wrong places. There is a bit of romance in Wonder Woman but it is SO beside the point. It doesn’t derail Diana’s mission even for an instant. When it’s time to fight, it’s boy bye.
- You’ll be fired up AF for your next workout.
Might be time to pull out the old Insanity DVDs to work out some pent up aggressions.
What about you? Seen Wonder Woman yet? What did you think? Is it on your to-do list? Why or why not.
Main image: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment