Thursday, June 8, 2017

Forgetting Wonder Woman

I just need to write this post really quick. It's been a couple of days since I watched Wonder Woman and I can't seem to get over it. So I just need to get it out of my system.

I'm in love with Wonder Woman--not the character Wonder Woman, but the film Wonder Woman. And I wanna talk about it.

First, let's talk about the fighting scene.

I love it. It's ugly. It's unpretty. That's why I think it feels damn realistic. You think when you're trying to deliver a fatal blow to your male opponent you can still be pretty and graceful while doing it? No, except maybe you're doing Kung Fu. And that's what it shows here. That 360 degree flipping kick is manly and ugly as fuck. And that's... I think that's how it's supposed to be. It's not supposed to be pretty, it's supposed to be done with great force. Prettiness be damned. So its unprettiness feels realistic. And because of that, we buy that it's badass.

Second, Wonder Woman's struggle.

The moment I saw the no man's land scene in the film is the moment I realized that that girl is right. Which girl? The girl whose tweet went viral

I get what she's talking about. Wonder Woman marches forward on her own. So badass. But for me, why this scene is so precious is not just about how tough she is, how badass and powerful she is, but actually, it's the struggle. It's this one sequence where she is bombarded by machine gun and she stopped and shielded herself. Ogghhh... Perfect.

And I love that the camera moves closer to focus on her struggling face. Gal Gadot so delivers. This shot reminds me of our struggle in life. We all like to share our success moments, but we rarely share our struggle. So this one shot represents it. I can relate. This is us when we struggle to reach our dreams and goals. Without this shot, the no man land's scene will be just another battle scene in a film, but this one shot brings out the heart of the film. 

Third, the Titanic similarity.

I saw one Youtuber reviewed this film and she mentioned Titanic--my number one favorite film. The romance in this film reminds her of Titanic. Aha! My reaction to her opinion is no and yes and yes. No, it's not as romantic as Titanic; in my opinion it's closer to sweet than romantic. But yes, I understand where she's coming from. And also yes, it reminds me of Titanic too. 

What, then, reminds me of Titanic? 

All the love this film receives. 

Wherever I go--Twitter, Youtube, check the score on IMDb, on Rotten Tomatoes--almost everyone comments positively on the film. Probably only one person, of all the comments I saw on the internet gave a negative comment on this film. That is... crazy.

Sure, when Titanic was released in the 90's there were no social medias. So how can I really compare? But I imagine, with all the commercial and critical success that Titanic managed to amass, this must be what it was like for Titanic when it was released. This overflowing universal love.

Lastly, the trailer.

When I saw the trailer for the first time, I wasn't interested. It's just another superhero movie. Whatever. Not convinced it's going to be great. So when everyone on Twitter talks about how great the film is, I'm confused. What's with all the love? Eventually I decided to give it a try and as you can see, I end up trying hard to forget it.

I like the film so much that I watched the trailer again on Youtube just to catch a glimpse of this film again. Here's what's interesting, it's the same clip I watched before watching the film, it's the same clip I watched after watching the film, and it's also the same clips that are in the film. Only this time, I like it. Why? 

Because this time, I get the context. Before watching the film, there was no context of all those clips being shown. Wonder Woman running in a field, tackling bullets. Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Who the fuck cares? But in the film, the clips work perfectly because of the build-up it brilliantly crafted. There is the build-up to that very scene, there is the origin story of hers, and these things make all the difference. These things make you care

In the end, I think I fell in love with this film not because it's a good female-led film and I'm female, but because it's a good film, period.

Pics of Wonder Women taken from: Wonder Woman trailer
Tweet taken from:
Titanic poster taken from:

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