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Honestly, did not expect to cry during Wonder Woman
To be more specific, I did not expect to tear up during the battling scenes. OK, maybe if Diana (Gal Gadot) the Amazon princess had given us some wonderful speech, or if my favorite character had died, but I would certainly did not expect to get all emotional during Wonder Woman’s battle scenes.
But it actually happened, when Wonder Woman started fighting, my tears starts to run off.
It started on the beach, when Gen. Antiope (Robin Wright) stepped into battle with a smile and Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) leaped off her horse, spinning into the air to wipe out two armed men with only her sword. As the battle carried on, the scene clearly seems to be not just window-dressing, 10 seconds of Amazon showtime before the actual movie started. This was the movie where female warriors kicking ass and they’re good at it, too.
The Amazon warriors were fierce and mighty, well-trained soldiers who knew exactly what they were doing. The film basically takes everything seriously and as a result, it was overwhelming.
And then came No Man’s Land.
Having left her people to help ending the World War I, Diana travels with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to the battlefront in France. Along the way, she is turned down not by just one but almost every man in Europe, including Steve. “No, you cannot go into the war room; no, you can’t fight Ares; no, you can’t carry your sword on the street.” Deep in the trenches, she finds a nearby village is caught in the crossfire. She wants to do some help, and once again, she’s told “no.”
But Diana has had enough. When Steve says that they can’t save everyone in the war because “it’s not what we’re here to do,” she agrees.
“You’re right,” she answers. “But it’s what I am going to do.”
Revealing her true Wonder Woman self, she climbs up a ladder and steps confidently into No Man’s Land. Dodging bullets with her bracelets, leaning into machine gun fire with her shield, she walks forward encouraging the men to follow her lead. Wonder Woman rules the scene.
It was breathtaking.
It’s almost like I was discovering something I didn’t even know I had always dreamed of. A need that I had given up after three movies of Iron Man punching bad guys in the face, three more movies of Captain America doing the same, a movie about Superman and Batman punching one another in the face and then there’s “Suicide Squad.”
Witnessing a woman hold the field, and the camera, for that long blew open an arguably monotonous genre. We didn’t need a visualized tree or a sassy raccoon to alternate the superhero game; what we’ve been waiting for was a woman.
The director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins wasn’t too surprised when I described my tearful reaction. “I’ve heard that a lot,” she agrees.
Amazingly, Jenkins had to fight for that No Man’s Land scene. “Nobody understood what I was trying to do there,” she told me. “It was a scene that everybody was like, ‘Ah, OK, but we’re doing this cool thing in the town, why are you worried about that?’ I think to some of the people I was working with it was confusing. ‘Who’s she fighting?’ But it’s not about that, it’s about her.
”I think they finally got it, but I don’t know that people got how important it was going to be until they saw the movie.”
Looking back on my own career covering superhero flicks, there has always been this demand for more and so does those who don’t understand it. Avengers The Age of Ultron movie was definitely a top-notch. The way they treated Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow throughout the marketing and in the film left many people furious.
With Katharine Trendacosta wrote “Black Widow: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” complaining about the missing of Black Widow from the Avengers toy set pack, the character’s slut-shaming in the press by her own teammates, and how she reveals that her long-awaited backstory was about her forced sterilization.
Many people agreed with us, and then there are some opposed. We were accused of being too emotionally or demanding. One fellow journalist politely informed me that I simply did not understand what Joss Whedon was trying to do with his “family” theme.
We have praised characters like Captain America and Superman who are forced to do things by their sense of duty, honor and morality. But every time a powerful woman is introduced, she had to be justified or complicated for some reason. And it took 75 years to create a movie involving a female superhero motivated purely by love.
Maybe the tears that fell while watching Wonder Woman movie online flip over a tank were an emotional release for years of frustration, of being told “no” or that I “didn’t get it.” The movie proves that there aren’t “types” of female characters and types of male characters that movies must follow.
A movie starring a superhero woman could simply be just like that. And in terms of the budget, Wonder Woman approximately gained $100.5 million in the U.S and Canada in its very first week.
Diana Prince can love normal thing like ice cream, babies and sex but can also she can definitely slay on the battlefield with the same amount of screen time given to the prior superheroes. She doesn’t have to be some complicated, male-relied Hollywood concept of damaged or broken or misunderstood. She’s just Wonder Woman.