Sadly, only the movie vs. the whinging of the SJWs. Diana curling her lip at them would be a scene for the ages, but I digress.Complaints about the movie have been many. I covered it here, I had only a couple about Hollyweird boilerplate. But I found something truly hillarious.
I didn't expect to have anything more to say about Wonder Woman after publishing my short review of it. But in the week that followed, the film has stayed with me, particularly the ways in which it complicates (and fails to complicate) the conventions of the superhero narrative.
There's a world of comedy right there. "complicates the conventions of the superhero narrative", forsooth. Or doesn't, as the case may be. The pretentious gas-bagery right there simply screams Wasted Ivy League Education.
But, against all odds, it gets funnier. These are a few of my favorite things:
"In particular, I've been struck by discussions of the film's visual language, and of its avoidance of typically male-gaze-ish approaches to depicting powerful women. And, in the other direction, there have been some trenchant critiques of the whiteness of the film's feminism..."
"How does Diana's bemusement at the concept of marriage face up to the discovery that almost all of the people she meets in 1918 would consider it acceptable for a man to beat his wife?"
"How does her decision to engage in heterosexual intercourse change in light of the fact that she is moving through a rape culture?"
"How does her joy at seeing a baby withstand the knowledge that most women in that period have no choice in when or whether to have children, and that many of them die in childbirth?"
"...women of color are mostly relegated to the background, and in the WWI segments, they are almost entirely absent..."
"... how does Diana know what a slave is?"
"...when what she should be decrying as slavery is the very notion that one should have to work to earn the means of survival."
"The more I think about it, the more it feels like the biggest flaw in Wonder Woman, not just as a feminist work but as a film trying to establish Diana as her own unique kind of hero, is the near-total absence of women after Diana leaves Themyscira."