Of Course! Angry Liberal Film Critics are Upset 'Wonder Woman' isn't Feminist Enough
We knew leftists were going to do their best to ruin the Wonder Woman movie. Because it's what they do (see Feminist Liberals Attack New ‘Wonder Woman’… For being Jewish and Liberal School Deems Wonder Woman Lunchbox “Violent Imagery”). Some of us get a rush by working out or going mountain biking. SJWs get their rush by ruining what would normally be enjoyable for Americans. Like action movies. But saying the first female led super hero movie isn't feminist enough?
I can't with these people...
After one of the most agreeably bizarre action scenes ever staged – a beachfront battle-of-the-sexes between men with guns and pirouetting women with bows and arrows – Diana is compelled to enter “the world of men” and stop the war, aided by her sword, shield and magic lasso.
It really is the world of men. Arriving in London, Diana is bewildered by her sisters’ subjugation, not to mention their impractical attire. Lucy Davis provides some comic relief and female companionship, but moustaches bristle when Diana attempts to join in the men-only war meetings. What’s worse, Pine repeatedly sees fit to call the shots and boss her about, despite the fact that she’s clearly his physical and intellectual superior.
Okay, pause. I had to break up this paragraph. In case you didn't read the byline, Courtney is writing this post. And at that last sentence (which I bolded for emphasis) in the movie critique, I thought "Hmmm. That sounds like a man 'mansplaining' why, as a woman, I should be upset." Because how dare a woman from a foreign land listen to a man in his own society? So I double-checked. STEVE ROSE wrote this movie review. A man. Or at least someone who identifies as a man.
Now, as a woman I hold womanly secrets. I cannot betray my ya-ya sisterhood of the traveling wily she-ladies. But let's just say strong, confident women don't need to prance about and act the alpha. And that's all I will write on the subject. Love you.
This gender imbalance could have been the basis for some patriarchy-upending subversion, or at least some romcom sparks, but both avenues go unexplored. Instead, the film feels obliged to give Pine his own equally heroic story arc. Men might be unnecessary for pleasure, but they’re still essential for big-budget action movies, it seems.
You mean a motion picture has to have a co-star designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible? PATRIARCHY!
As hot as Gal Gadot is (and she's hot, let's not pretend otherwise), Wonder Woman is her first solo movie where she is the movie star. Heretofore she's been more of a supporting actress. Not the star actress. Let's also note Chris Pine is not Chris Pratt. Nor is he Benedict Cumberbatch. Chris Pine has had a few staring roles, but name two other movies he's stared in without Star Trek in the title. He may one day be a leading man, I don't know. But he's not a leading man now. So STEVE having a hissy fit about Gal Gadot and Chris Pine sharing screen time is a bit hysterical. I'd offer him chocolate and Midol if I thought it would help.
Lastly, as much as feminists and social justice warriors crow about pushing hardline narratives in films, a comic book movie must still be a comic book movie first. Lots of action, lots of action poses, and chisel-bodied hot people doing action-y things. See also every other comic book movie ever made. If the comic book movie cannot appeal to comic book fans, who like lots of action, action poses, and chiseled-bodied hot people doing action-y things, the studio will have a giant, expensive flop on their hands. And a doomed billion dollar franchise.
So. Who do you think the studio would rather cater to? Comic book movie fans? Or blue-haired she-cows who protest for free tampons? Don't think to hard about it.