Truthfully, despite my burning desire, I’ve been afraid to talk about Wonder Woman. A lot of people get especially heated when it comes to this movie, and I’ve seen many a fight on Reddit that made me shy away. But the recent Golden Globe nominations have sparked a little fire in me. I’ve been hearing a lot of uproars because Wonder Woman hasn’t been nominated for anything, and neither has Gal Gadot based on her performance in Wonder Woman.
Am I surprised Wonder Woman hasn’t been nominated? Not at all.
Despite its shocking 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s simply not a good movie. A movie shouldn’t just be nominated because it was successful at the box office, and had a ‘revolutionary’ female director and female lead.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful that we have such a big box office hit, directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. I think it’s wonderful that we have more big-screen role models for young girls to look up to. I think it’s wonderful that women are given more opportunities in movies, and are not just portrayed as damsels in distress.
But that doesn’t mean because Wonder Woman may meet that criteria, it’s a good movie. There are many other movies directed by women that are much better, including American Psycho by Mary Harron or Big by Penny Marshall, just to name a couple. My point is, there are other great female directors and there are many other wonderful female leads, and they haven’t received the attention Wonder Woman has. Check out my post that I just wrote about 6 female leads that inspire badassery (Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman was not one of them).
Perhaps this movie is hard to dismiss as just another DC movie because so many people claimed this movie was for the feminists, it was for the women. But, it’s not a movie for feminists. It’s just an average movie – why can’t we leave it at that?
I refuse to believe a movie that spends more time discussing whether Steve Trevor is an average specimen for his size rather than spending time mourning the death of her aunt Antiope, is a feminist movie. I refuse to believe that a movie for feminists is where almost every character (besides the Amazonians) have to comment on Diana’s looks. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being absolutely stunning and being powerful at the same time – actually, that’s fantastic. It shows girls you can be beautiful and still kick butt in whatever aspect of your life, without needing a man. But why must we focus on her looks throughout the movie?
I loved the Amazonians, and I definitely wanted to see more of them. The death of Antiope felt so rushed, and therefore, not as emotionally hard-hitting. Wouldn’t it have been cooler if Diana, Antiope, and a few other Amazon women went to defeat Ares together? I think a battle on the island of Themyscira would’ve been fantastic and would’ve given the characters more time to shine. Aren’t the characters on Themyscira far more interesting than the war crew Diana fought with?
Speaking of the war crew, let’s get to Steve Trevor. I understand that Steve Trevor is in the comics, and perhaps they needed to write his storyline to drive Diana’s character further in Justice League. But I would’ve been fine if he wasn’t in this movie at all. I didn’t need to see their poorly written romance – it felt so forced and there was no chemistry between the two leads. Diana is an Amazonian goddess, so obviously, the first man she’s ever fallen in love or been with has got to be pretty special, right? I don’t believe Steve Trevor is that man.
And finally, let’s address Gal Gadot’s acting. It’s rough. I don’t believe she’s sad about her aunt’s death, I don’t believe she’s in love with Steve Trevor, as previously stated, and I don’t even believe she hates war. Her acting is just not up to par. She’s appeared in quite a few big movies like the Fast & Furious franchise, Knight and Day, Date Night and Keeping Up With the Joneses. But I feel like none of her performances stand out to me. I think you could replace Gal Gadot in almost all of her roles, and the movie would feel the same.
I hope I don’t sound needlessly cruel because I do think Wonder Woman is a step in the right direction. But it definitely doesn’t merit any Golden Globe nominations.
What did you think of Wonder Woman? Do you think it deserves any awards?