The Wonder of Wonder Woman
Heroes for a New Generation
I’m taking a break from my 30 day challenge because yesterday, I saw Wonder Woman and I was blown away.
First, I promise that there will be no spoilers in this post — I know the movie has only been out for two weeks, so I’ll try not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
We all know the story of Wonder Woman — the Amazon princess from Themyscria who flies in an invisible jet and wields a golden Lasso of Truth who was brought to life by Lynda Carter in 1975 and now by Gal Gadot. The movie tells the story of how Diana becomes Wonder Woman. We’ve seen her in Dawn of Justice, but she wasn’t the focus of the story.
The Wonder Woman movie made me cry — in the very best way. I may be a little bit weird — I tear up when the hero turns the tide of a battle. Things like the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when they’re fighting inside the Hellmouth and all the potential slayers get their powers — it always brings a tear to my eye and puts a knot in my throat.
I cried when watching Wonder Woman, for two reasons. First — seeing these amazing powerful women fighting and winning on the battlefield just made me proud to be a woman. And second — just the fact that my daughter and other children her age have an amazing female hero to look up to makes me so happy to be a fan of these movies.
I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia, because she was one of the only female heroines I saw growing up. Later in life, more science fiction shows provided more strong and amazing role models — Susan Ivonova and Delenn from Babylon 5 are the first two that come to mind but I know there are others.
I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia, because she was one of the only female heroines I saw growing up.
The movie is filled with scenes that fill my little geeky heart with joy. The No-Mans Land scene that’s been so heavily discussed as of late had me covered in goosebumps from head to toe — and I am so, so grateful that Patty Jenkins fought so hard for that scene.
The whole scene really showcases Diana without sugar-coating the horrors of war, but it also shows the kind of inspiration that one person can create by simply choosing to say no, I won’t accept that.
I’m getting goosebumps just writing about it again.
I know I’m not the first to write about this movie or the way that it made me cry, and I certainly won’t be the last — but that’s a good thing. I’m happy to join the ranks of Wonder Woman fans.
If it means that we’ll have super hero clothes in the girl’s section so my daughter can find her favorite heroes without having to shop in the boy’s section, bring on the Wonder Woman movies!
I can’t write much more about this without spoiling the movie for you, and if you haven’t seen it — what are you waiting for?! Go, see, love, and come back and let me know what you think!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the next installment of my Gaia Virus 30 Day Challenge! ❤
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