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 Post subject: Film Review: ‘Wonder Woman’
PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:05 pm 
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Gal Gadot Wonder WomanCOURTESY OF DC COMICS
MAY 29, 2017 | 09:00PM PT
Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot breathe some fresh air into the DC film universe.
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http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/fi ... 6320_link1



I first met Wonder Woman, the comic, when young, young. My older sisters bought the comics and I read them-wasn't impressed. Even at that early age I wasn't into Women's Lib. Besides
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Not my type, Gal Gadot is more like it.

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Saw it.

Woman's lib thru and thru.

Do enjoy tough women roles like


But when the theme is 'we don't need men at all' like her amazon tribe I lose interest.

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She isn't sexy enough to be Wonder Woman. She's going up vs Lynda Carter in her prime for crying out loud. Easily among the top 10 sexiest woman who ever lived. It's like trying to be prettier than Halle Berry or Lori Saunders; it can't be done.

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Want to know the background on Wonder Woman, read on:
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women [2017]
MPAA (R) CNS/USCCB (O) RogerEbert.com (3 Stars) AVClub (B-) Fr. Dennis (3 1/2 Stars)
http://frdennismoviereviews.blogspot.co ... -2017.html
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CNS/USCCB (K. Jensen) review
Los Angeles Times (J. Chang) review
RogerEbert.com (C. Lemire) review
AVClub (K. Rife) review


Professor Marston and the Wonder Women [2017] (written and directed by Angela Robinson while CERTAINLY DESERVING of its R-rating (for its self-evidently adult thematics -- open marriage, S&M...) is almost certainly ALSO one of the more compelling North American films of the year. For this is a film that really does challenge its (Adult) Viewers to go back and review the basic values of traditional Christian morality (the _whys_ of what we believe ...).

The film is about a 1920s-30s era power couple, Harvard psychology Professor William Moulton Marston [wikip] (played in the film by Luke Evans) and his wife Elizabeth Marston [wikip] (played in the film by Rebecca Hall), who worked on and arguably got a doctorate at then Harvard sister school Radcliffe but was never awarded the degree through Harvard ..., who as part of their work in the still nearly infant field of psychology took-on a young research assistant (who began simply as a student in one of Professor Marston's classes) who became a life-long _joint-three-way-lover_ of theirs named Olive Byrne [wikip] (played in the film by Bella Heathcoate). Later, after their unconventional de-facto polygamous domestic arrangement became known and the Marstons were fired from Harvard, William Moulton Marston, under the pen-name Charles Moulton, became the original creator of the Wonder Woman [wikip] [DC] comic-book character, basing her basing her character on his previous research and, well, the two women in his life.

The challenge to Viewers especially to more traditionally minded Catholic / Christian ones -- even "back in the day," among the more vocal opponents to the imagery / (S&M-ish) thematics of the Wonder Woman comic came from the then Catholic-based Legion of Decency [wikip] -- is to re-iterate what exactly was wrong / at least difficult with the Marstons-Byrne (three-way-including-lesbian) living arrangement. After all, it was consentual, right?

Here, honestly, it would not be a waste of time to go back and reread Saint John Paul II's [wikip] two principal documents on men and women -- Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women) [1988] and Redemptoris Custos (On the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life of Christ and of the Church [1989]. In those two documents, Saint John Paul II, sets down the fundamental sources of dignity for both men and women. For women, in themselves, in simply their intrinsic Potential to give Life whether they actually do / not (in their Virginity or Motherhood) receive their fundamental dignity. And then for Men, in as much as they Work, or at least in times of unemployment / hardship, _seek work_, do they receive their Dignity as well. In either case, one does not need to be "great", "famous", "important", "super-capable", etc. Women IN THEMSELVES and men IN AS MUCH AS THEY APPLY THEMSELVES are valuable, have intrinsic dignity. The rest does fundamentally does not matter. Some will find "happiness" / "self-fulfillment" in this world, others will not (for any number of reasons). But so long as these fundamental conditions are met, ALL ARE VALUABLE.

In this light, while the very _exquisite_ domestic arrangement these three quite elite (wealthy, super-educated) people _perhaps_ made them marginally happier (even if they also suffered as a result of the incomprehension of their neighbors and peers). The Church concerns itself with the lives of far more regular people than these, people are often put-down / oppressed for far more basic reasons than their rather complex living arrangements.

And I have to admit that my life is filled with far more regular people with far more mundane (but also life giving) concerns than these three.

Further, even Signund Freud's theory _at its base_ provides a rather insightful explanation of why increasing the complexity of our lives won't necessarily make us happier.

As a Carmelite Professor that I had back in the Seminary when we did in fact take a course on the Church and Modern Psychology put it: "The challenge of the Adult (the Ego) is to find a way to successfully navigate between those THINGS THAT ONE MUST DO (expressed collectively in the Superego) and those things that ONE WOULD LIKE TO DO (one's Id)." No one gets everything that one wants. And we generally don't even like people who insist on doing everything their way. An adult is one who finds a way to be both fundamentally happy and yet responsible.

In any case, this film provides an opportunity for Adults (again the R-rating is certainly deserved) to reflect on their lives, and to better understand why we hold the values that we do as well as better appreciate why simply "doing what we want" won't necessarily bring us happiness certainly not without difficulty. So over all Good / thought-provoking job!

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