Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

The Theatre/Experience:

I was smarter this time and purchased my ticket in advance; it was nice to enjoy the film from a recliner. But it was after work and I was tired. I didn’t get a chance to write this review until the next day (10/19/17). I also didn’t see the trailer for this film or even heard about the movie until I was at the theatre. I picked it because of the poster art and the time it was playing (7:25). Here’s what stayed with me overnight:

The Good:

I remember the lighting and the set dressing. It was warm. It reminded me of a home library with leather chairs and broken book bindings and an ancient desk lamp with a green shade. It felt like a place of learning, which is appropriate, because some of the film takes place on a college campus. The dialogue too was lovely, rolling off each character’s tongue like a very precious and delectable secret. The language was well placed and no words seemed unnecessary, even when you knew what they were going to say before it was said. It merely validated your grasp of the scene taking place in the overall story. The love and even the sex (yes, the sex) was very beautiful and tantric and arousing. I didn’t expect to be aroused, I didn’t even know what the movie was about. But there is a particular scene that resonates with me because I believe it to be the exact moment all characters collided. I will not spoil this for you, but it has everything to do with the fine line between disgust and desire. The cast was lovely and well in tune with each other as if it were a real story and not just based on one.

The Bad:

I was unimpressed with the stereotypical handling of the women and how they contrasted each other so blatantly (an obvious foil). The women could never seem to come to a clear decision, and only after many make-ups and changed minds did they seem to grasp their own needs and desires. This happens consistently throughout the movie. As well, the confusion and bitterness and fear you see in the women are all absent in the man. He was an infallible character. Honest, forthcoming, dominant, submissive, apologetic, relentless, unfazed, etc. I enjoyed his character but the idea of an unflawed man is unbelieving.

The Verdict:

Watch it during the day in a dark room with the curtains drawn and the door closed, watch it under a blanket. When it’s ended, go outside and stand in the sun to reflect. (See it!)

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