Professor Marston And The Wonder Women - This Superhero Origin Movie Rocks
Dir: Angela Robinson
Starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Oliver Platt
For anyone that ever thought there was a certain amount of kink in Wonder Woman, well, this movie explains it all. Robinson’s enjoyable film is based on the true life tale of psychology professor William Moulton Marston, the man who created the female superhero who, according to this at least, was a composite of his two ideal women, his independent wife Elizabeth (Hall) and Olive (Heathcote) the young lover they both take and set up home with. From this unconventional home life, and his desire to get his psychological theories to the masses, Marston (under the pen name of Charles Moulton) creates his Amazonian warrior, with the trio’s exploration into the world of bondage and sado-masochism, fuelling both Wonder Woman’s look and such elements as her lasso of truth. Not to mention all that chaining people up, the whips, the beatings – all of which saw Marston forced to defend his creation on public decency grounds in the late 1940s, true events that here bookends the film.
There’s a lot to like in this, one of the more unlikely of superhero origin tales. There is a feeling that the connection between life and creation is being laid on a tad too heavily at times – Olive dons a tiara and the back lighting kicks in. But overall, it’s an interesting look at a largely unknown and fascinating story, with a strong cast, Rebecca Hall’s foul mouthed independent woman being the standout.
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