I, like many others (many millions of others!) went to see Wonder Woman on opening weekend. I could not wait. I remember seeing re-runs of the tv show with Lynda Carter way back in the day when I was a kid and thinking...wow, a girl who is taking charge, running around and jumping in front of cars and kicking ass and saving the day! Wonder Woman is such a positive role model for young girls, and girls of all ages actually. After seeing Batman v Superman in the theatre and then the introduction of Wonder Woman, I was spellbound by her. A fierce, independent, confident, go-getter, no holds barred, feminine yet strong character? SIGN ME UP. There are not that many, if at all, female superheroes to really look up to, and this one takes the cake on all levels. Gal Gadot gave, in my opinion, a perfectly honest and real portrayal. So wonderfully cast. She was so badass and it was amazing.
A few months ago I ran my 2nd ever 5k, and the theme was...dress as your favorite female movie character, and I chose her. I actually felt fearless running that race, and that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to! And that was to run the entire way and finish with a strong pace. That I did :).
As I was watching the movie I couldn't help but feel so giddy and proud at seeing this type of character on the big screen. You usually see the men fighting and saving the day and the females as the damsel in distress needing to be saved. She didn't need to be saved. She was doing the saving. Throughout the entire film she was fighting for what she believed was right, and even when faced with a firm no, she did not waiver in her beliefs. How refreshing. When she was running thru that battlefield to save the town and the people under fire who were defending it....that was almost otherworldly! I think my jaw was agape throughout that entire scene. The men were the ones waiting in the wings not wanting to initially push forward. She led, they followed. Even when she was told by her American Pilot (soon to be love) Steve Trevor, "we can't save everyone," she believed she could, and she tried her damndest to make that happen. And for little girls who are seeing this character on any type of screen for the first time...what an amazing role model to make them feel brave, confident, and fearless and believe anything is possible. So, as you can see, I loved it! I mean, that came across, right? :). As a whole I really loved the film. Great acting, story, effects, character development, and Gal Gadot and Chris Pine had tremendous chemistry. Not to mention I loved the humor element throughout. It was such a fun ride!
It truly was so exciting and inspiring watching this character take charge and do so without regret. My fists were pumping and I was cheering her on the entire way....albeit quietly because I was in a movie theatre filled with people. Ok, so I did make some audible gasps and oohhs and aahhs. And yet, she still had that soft side to her that is also so relatable...as in the end she states..."It's about what you believe. And I believe in love." - J. Solo