I watched Wonder Woman tonight. Gal Gadot's portrayal of the Amazonian goddess, Diana, embodied the complex formula that makes up most of the women I admire. (Side note: I've heard that we tend to admire people who display qualities we knowingly or unknowingly possess within - if there's any truth to that, then I love what a badass I am!). Her personality was a cocktail of paradoxes -- hard and soft, flexible and unwavering, frantic and calm, and the list could go on. She was a badass who could wield a sword, turn a spy honest, and defeat the god of war; and yet she melted at the sight of a baby and took immense pleasure in a sinfully delicious ice cream cone.
A few reviews about the movie say that she was the hero women needed. I slightly disagree... I feel like the rebirth of Wonder Woman is the mirror we ALL need - women and men alike. We already have the hero/heroine within us. I felt like she was that mirror some of us needed in order to remind ourselves of what we inherently know lies within each and every one of us. She was a reminder that the divine feminine within is so much more than the sad, pathetic, weak persona society has painted her to be.
Did anybody else feel a million things all at one time while watching the movie? Did you feel like you wanted to get up, join the fight, and kick major ass as she effortlessly dismissed bullets and defeated soldiers? Did you feel a sense of pride as she "carried" the men on her team (they admitted the reason they'd come so far was because of her)? Did you feel the divine feminine within stir and awaken, leaving you ready to conquer the world? Did you feel the courage that comes from knowing that you can trust your gut and you are perfect and enough just as you are? Did you also have to hold back from screaming "YES!" or "BOOM!" at some of the truth bombs dropped throughout the movie??
And I absolutely adored the recurring theme that women are capable of achieving greatness without or despite men. Let's be real here -- she went in there and did all the work while the men on her team helped to take care of the scraps. Such an important message, especially in today's world where less than 10% of CEOs are women, male elected officials continue attempting to silence female elected officials, rape culture still exists, women are paid less than men for the same work, everything about us sexualized, and the list could go on... (my favorite I've experienced in the corporate world: the woman does all the work and the man takes all the credit; and when he can't take any credit, he paints the woman as incompetent). Granted, there was a lust-fueled moment at one point, which ended after he made himself a martyr; however, she ended up rocking the solo game at the end and continued kicking ass long after SHE defeated Aries and ended a war. See that? A woman ended a war -- with love, compassion, a heap of badassery and a heavy sprinkling of warmth.
(Note for anyone who takes offense to a women pointing out sexist truths: No, I do not hate men. Men are awesome. But so are women. And equality is an extremely important issue. Equality doesn't mean taking away men's power; it means equally distributing the power so we are all able to reach the same heights without conscious or unconscious biases getting in the way).
I am so thrilled that we were able to have a strong female lead who was significantly more than the flat, one dimensional repetitive crap we've been force-fed for years. Yes, she pined for a man at one point, but her character was so much more complex and interesting than that, plus her story revolved around a much bigger picture than a tired love story (thank goddess!)
Will I watch it again? Absofreakinlutely! In the theater? I'm actually considering it... I mean, if you're going to stare at yourself in a mirror, it might as well be a full-length so you can see all your awesomeness in detail! ;-)