This is a guest post from Dr. Christy Blanch who is consumed with the world of comics. She is a comic scholar, a comic book writer, a panel moderator at conventions, and owns Aw Yeah Comics in Muncie, Indiana. Plus she has the world’s cutest shopdog, Luna.
The day before I went to see the Wonder Woman movie, Tony asked me to write a spoiler free reaction to it. I was hesitant because I had such high hopes for the movie and I was afraid if I didn’t like it, I would still have to write about my reaction and I don’t like to put negatives out into the universe. But I told him I would.
I was totally stoked to see this movie and the trailers looked amazing. My hesitancy came from the fact that I did not like either the Man of Steel or the Batman V Superman movies. Neither of those had the Superman that I know in them (although I think Henry Cavill would make a great Superman) and they were just so dark and lacking any concept of love. Don’t get bent out of shape if you liked the movie, I’m not bashing it. I’m saying it didn’t have the characters that I wanted to see on the big screen. However, I did love the parts of Batman V Superman that had Wonder Woman in them. She stole the movie and made me have hope for HER movie.
And about her movie. It was amazing. First, I will admit I did cry. Several times in fact. And while not spoiling anything, one of them was when we first see her AS Wonder Woman. It was phenomenal. That’s the only way to describe it. I can’t talk about the other times but the most surprising time was when I was driving later in the evening and I was thinking about the movie. I burst out crying because I have been waiting my whole life for a movie starring Wonder Woman and it was here. My formative years were spent trying to use the force and spinning around, trying to become Wonder Woman. I wanted to be like her because she helped people and people thought she was awesome.
Second, this movie is not without problems. I have a high standard for movies like this. Some movies I watch for simple fun. Movies like Gymkata. I think there are only two perfect movies – Jaws and The Empire Strikes Back. In Wonder Woman, there are things that I would have done differently and parts that I would have tweaked. But, those only stood out to me because the majority of the movie was so so good. SO good.
Finally, love. This was a movie about love and hope and caring and how those things can make a difference. This is something that I, and most of my friends, really need right now. Love can change the world. Growing up with Wonder Woman has made me realize that and everyday I am thankful that Wonder Woman was there for me to teach me how love can win.
While seeing Wonder Woman, I looked around and realized the movie theater was full of my friends and customers. A mom and her two daughters (regular customers) came in to the theater and they were super excited to see the movie. While I was talking to them, one of my friends asked me why I didn’t dress up as Wonder Woman. Before I could answer, the little girls were giving me hugs and their mom answered for me. “She did.” She’s right. There is a part of Wonder Woman in all of us if we let it out. I hope this movie inspires everyone to channel their inner Wonder Woman and let love win.