Take It from a 13 Year Old: Go See Wonder Woman ASAP!

If you couldn’t already tell from the title, I LOVED the new movie Wonder Woman. It was such an enjoyable experience, and I can’t wait to see it again. It is my mission to convince you to love it as much as I did. So, let’s get on with the high praise for the new runner up for my favorite movie (nothing can beat Rogue One and The Force Awakens …)!

When the movie first starts, we see Diana as a little girl. Right from the beginning, I could tell that Diana had a mind of her own. She ran away from her babysitter to go watch the Amazon warriors fight (we will get back to them later …), and she looked so content copying their moves. It made me feel happy seeing a little girl looking up to women who are training to fight. That is not the typical thing little girls want to do (personally, I think that it is super cool). Speaking of the Amazon warriors, they were absolutely breathtaking. The stunt women were doing amazing tricks which made my heart flutter. In our world, it is not usual for us to see women playing parts like that, and I feel like it is super-inspiring to see women who want to do that. Watching them glide through the air was definitely an incredible experience.

After Diana rescues Steve Trevor from the ocean, there is this big scene where the Amazon warriors and the Germans battle each other. Seeing Diana in battle for the first time was super cool, with flying warriors all around her. She looked so confident in herself, which made me feel confident in her too. We continue to see this when she makes the decision to go back with Steve, to stop Ares. She tells her mom with strength that her place is out there in the world, and you can see the relief on Wonder Woman’s face when her mother agrees. Then she goes with Steve, unafraid, into the world. When they get to London, Diana is not about to back down from her beliefs. When she hears Steve’s boss say something she didn’t like, she is not afraid to say so, whether he was a man or not. Even when she was talking to Steve, she expressed what she thought, and didn’t care if he didn’t agreed. This shows that she is strong and confident in herself, which are great qualities to have. It makes me, and I am sure everyone else, want to be more like her. I think it was a really good idea to portray Wonder Woman in a movie as this strong, independent person, because it makes other girls and women feel more confident in themselves.

Towards the end, a few interesting things happen. Diana realizes that the person she thought was Ares, wasn’t actually him. I know I was left confused when Ares finally revealed himself. David Thewlis was cast as Ares, and honestly, I don’t think he was fit for the part. We have seen him in Harry Potter, and he did so well in that role, not that he didn’t in this one. However, his looks were not exactly what I was expecting … Ares is usually the strong, muscular, scary god, and I wasn’t really getting that vibe. On the other hand, maybe that is why they cast him. Maybe the director didn’t want us to suspect him as the god, in which case, bravo! Seeing Wonder Woman fight him was really interesting, but I actually caught what I think was a mistake in the battle scene. When Ares and Diana are up in the tower, Ares tries to strike her from underneath, and swings his sword up. Diana attacks him, and he goes flying backwards. However, the sword was already under her stomach (in between her legs), so how is it possible she wasn’t impaled? However, this was just a minor detail, that I could be wrong about …

I only saw Diana scared and helpless at one point. When Steve explodes in the airplane, you can see that something had finally hit her, it was something that she couldn’t do anything about. It is the one time where Diana is visibly weakened. Obviously the part where she starts killing everyone around her doesn’t show her weakness, but her face says everything. This shows that everyone has their moments of vulnerability and weakness, even superheroes.

I hope everyone loves Wonder Woman as much as I did, and I cannot wait to see it again! In the meantime, here comes Thor …

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