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It was great! I didn't really expect it to be great, but it was. The action was so kinetic and joyful- ZOMG Diana's smile when she's using her powers!- and it sat on top of harmonious thematic development about the difficulty and moral complexity of war. Diana questing to slay Ares, as if War were a thing that could be slain like a dragon, and then realizing that truth is a much deeper ideal and that standing up for those who can't protect themselves is a much worthier way of waging war against Ares than trying to slay him with a sword.

Chris Pine was really good as Steve Trevor, this world-weary doomed soldier who slaves his fortunes to Diana's because "there's only two choices- doing something, and doing nothing, and I already tried doing nothing." He is unapologetically sexist and so is everyone else in the movie, and that's not something anyone in the movie, even Diana, really tries to change. But he recognizes Diana's heroism and her power and he invests himself in trying to support it even when it costs him. [The world of Wonder Woman is a mess, and it's not getting better fast, but there is the chance for it to get a little better, and that's enough for Wonder Woman to fight for. It's a very gradualist feminism. I think it's striking that unlike in The First Avenger, where Cap has comic books and all sorts of imagery of legacy and inspiration, Wonder Woman doesn't really show mundanes being inspired by her example- other than one town that subsequently got wiped out by von Ludendorff.]


But mostly, DIANA WAS SO GREAT. (I am anxiously awaiting [personal profile] chaila's post(s) on the movie- nobody articulates the sheer joy of Diana fangirling as effectively as she does). LITTLE BABY DIANA MIMING USING A SWORD. DIANA WINNING HER FIGHT AGAINST ANTIOPE AND THEN GETTING BLINDSIDED WHEN ANTIOPE DOESN'T FIGHT FAIR... AND THEN DIANA NOT FIGHTING FAIR EITHER. DIANA AND ALL THE USES OF THE LASSO. DIANA NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW YOU COULD FIGHT IN A DRESS. DIANA READING ALL 12 VOLUMES OF CLEO's TREATISES ON THE BODY AND PLEASURE. DIANA CHARGING INTO NO-MAN'S LAND, BECAUSE SHE'S NOT A MAN. EVERYTHING SHE DOES IS AMAAAAAZING.


PLEASE CAN WE GET WONDER WOMAN 2??

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