Originally Published on Salty Popcorn
I went into this film blind. I knew of its existence, and its unfortunate flop at the overseas box office, but when it came to the actual story being told, I didn’t have a clue what to expect. Were we going to focus on a legal battle? A copyright issue? Or a sexism controversy? I wasn’t sure. It could’ve been anything, and what I will say about it is that it’s not anything at all like I was expecting. This is a tale of sexuality, dominance, submission, loving who you want to love, the female power, unnecessary restraints on relationships and the creation of one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time, not to mention the outrage her appearance caused.
While I went into this film expecting it to be as such, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN isn’t necessarily the story of the character’s creation. I mean, yes it is. Technically speaking, it is, but her creation comes from the aftermath of a long string of events, where she doesn’t really come into the mix until the third act. We follow Marston and his wonder women of life as they explore an unconventional way of living, while embracing themes of dominance and homosexuality. It’s where this tale of love and embracement becomes a moving, emotionally resonant biopic I’d definitely recommend.
The entire film feels very low budget, to the point where it often feels like a television movie put on the big screen, and I’m not talking about a GAME OF THRONES-level TV show. I’m talking sitcom levels of set design. It’s all very basic and small, with generic period piece costuming and set design, except without the flare or excitement. Writer and director Angela Robinson does do a great job, especially in the scripting department, but her background as a television director (her last feature film was HERBIE FULLY LOADED in 2005) is made very apparent.
For the most part, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN is spectacular. The first half in particular is a well-acted and thoroughly entertaining, if not surprisingly mature, look at some very interesting topics and themes. This isn’t a film necessarily about the creation of Wonder Woman, but more so what led to the creation of Wonder Woman, and it’s one I couldn’t recommend enough.
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