I don’t know what my record is for movie theater visits in a year, but I’m pretty sure that 2017 is going to set a new one. Starting with February’s Lego Batman and continuing right through The Last Jedi to end the year, every month seems to have several new releases that are worthy of the small fortune that it costs to take my snack loving children.
I won’t have something to say about all of them. Lego Batman was OK, but a disappointment after the brilliance of the original Lego Movie. Logan was a great “adult” superhero flick, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was the most kid-friendly of all the Marvel movies so far.
Other times I will. I found it fascinating that there was so much discussion regarding the gay character in The Beauty and the Beast and fantastic that there was none about the movie’s interracial couples.
This past weekend was a busy one but somehow I managed to fit in two different theater visits. I don’t have much to say about Captain Underpants other than it’s about as stupid as you’d imagine, not as funny as I’d thought a movie voiced by Kevin Hart, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll would be, and the little would absolutely not be talked into seeing anything else. She found it hysterical.
There is a lot that I could say about Wonder Woman.
I could talk about her history. She debuted in All Star Comics #8 in 1941, created by early feminist William Marston . Marston once stated that “Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of women who should, I believe, rule the world.” In 1942 she became the first female member of The Justice Society of America. She was invited to be their secretary.
I could talk about how long this movie has been in development and question why. Wonder Woman is one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, just as important to the DC Universe as Superman or Batman, yet those two have appeared in multiple film incarnations for decades. Before now the closest Warner Brothers actually got to making a movie about one of their most important properties was a late 90’s project that was rumored to star Sandra Bullock, an idea that now sounds as absurd as a George Clooney Batman. Despite being a large part of the promotional campaign for Batman Vs Superman, her role was limited. It’s credited by many, including me, as being the best part of that movie.
I could talk about the importance of representation, the importance of girls having a superhero of their own to look up to, and also about gender stereotyping, how ridiculous an idea it is to assume that boys wouldn’t want to see this movie or play with these toys. I love that my daughter never thought twice about dressing as Captain America for Halloween but understand why she’s thinking about Batgirl for this year. Why do we still have to go to the boy’s section to find T shirts with Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot and why can’t you find Wonder Woman while you’re there?
I could talk about the movie’s message, the sincerity that Gal Gadot conveys while uttering lines like “I believe in love. Only love can save the world.” It should be incredibly corny but somehow isn’t. After leaving the all-female fantasy island of Themyscira, believing that killing Ares, the God of War, will bring an end to World War One, the character slowly loses her naivety without resorting to the dark cynicism so often used to make movies about people in costumes seem more “realistic.”
Instead I’ll just tell you to go see it. Wonder Woman is a great action adventure movie, more reminiscent of Indiana Jones than The Man of Steel. I laughed out loud several times, the teenager cried, ( not at the same parts ) and we both can’t wait to see her again in this November’s Justice League.
It’s also way better than Captain Underpants.