Sunday, October 1, 2017

Why I'm Still Angry About Wonder Woman (SPOILERS!)

Hey cupcakes! As many of you might remember, I went to see Wonder Woman in June and wrote a pretty angry review about it (read that post here!). My friends and I went and saw it on my college campus a week or so ago, and I am still really really bitter and angry about the ending. I wanted to share my thoughts in more depths, so here we go (WARNING: don't continue reading if you don't want the ending to be spoiled)!

1. The movie is actually pretty good - As I said in my review, I am not a fan of superhero movies at all. But, this one was good! I didn't find myself being bored a lot, and the plot/characters/everything was really well thought out and executed. So even though the ending sucks, I don't think the whole movie was bad.

2. WHY THE FRICK WAS IT NECESSARY FOR STEVE TO DIE? - Steve plays a really great role in the film, and I love how the directors/producers swapped the traditional gender roles to have Diana be the lead and Steve be her "moral support". Was it necessary to kill Steve off (see next point)?

3. WHY WAS STEVE THE REASON DIANA WON THE FIGHT?! - Throughout the whole film Diana is kicking ass by being an amazing and empowering female. She does what she wants and fights for what she believes in, which makes her such an incredible role model for young girl who watch the film. As she is losing the fight against Ares (and being squeezed to death by a metal tube of some sort), she witnesses Steve dying in the plane explosion. This is what happens:

She yells NO for a long time, goes into a rage because she is so upset about his death, and when Ares tries to use that rage for her to join him, she remembers all of the great memories she had with Steve and tell Ares that she "chooses love" and kills him.

So you're telling me that even though this movie has an amazing female lead, she can't kill the evil guy herself without the love interest (aka Steve) stepping in (in this case dying)?! Why can't Diana kill Ares because she is stronger/more awesome than him without the interference of a guy? What does this teach the young girls who watch the film? That they can't overcome an obstacle without the help of a stronger male force?

4. The movie tries to make it emotional - Because Steve dies, the film tries to evoke emotion from the ending (like awwww poor Diana is all alone now blah blah blah), and even the very end (where Diana looks at the picture of Steve before telling the audience why she continues to save the world), IT ALL REVOLVES AROUND HIM. Why?! Why can't she want to save the world because of what she believes in (like she did for most of the movie)?

5. It's not just me - After hearing all these great reviews about the movie, I thought I was the only one who thought this. I looked up the plot line on Wikipedia to see if I had misunderstood the ending, but this what is says:

"Steve pilots the bomber carrying the gas to a safe altitude and detonates it, sacrificing himself. Ares attempts to direct Diana's rage and grief at Steve's death by convincing her to kill Maru, but memories of her experience with Steve cause her to realize that mankind has good within it. She spares Maru and redirects Ares' lightning into him, killing him."

Legit what I think. Even after my friends watched it, they also agreed that the ending kinda sucked in being female empowering.

Alright, sorry for the large rant... Let me know what you think about the ending of Wonder Woman! Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Bitter Jenna

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