Friday, October 13

Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman - Review




R: October 13th, 2017 | R: 108 minutes | R: R

Have you ever wondered how the story of Wonder Woman came to be? Feminism mixed with kinkiness mixed with polyamory is probably not what you would expect but that’s what you learn after watching Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.

The film is framed around the interrogation between the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, and the director of the Child Study Association of America. The director believed that the inclusion of bondage and lesbianism was seen as corruption to children while Marston argued that it showed boys and girls to respect women’s power.

This film continuously flips back and forth to back up Marston’s argument as it provides insight to the creation of arguably the most famous female superhero. Notably due to an affair between William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth Halloway and their lover Olive Byrne. The trio met because Olive was a student in professor Marston’s psychology class and her beauty mesmerized and intrigued the couple. This infatuation grew as Olive became their research assistant and their attraction got the best of them ending in a threesome then a full out polyamorous relationship.

The research is harmless enough on surface as the Marstons want further develop their lie detector test (hint hint the lasso of truth) as well as study human sexuality. Thus it comes as a surprise when Elizabeth tells Olive to not sleep with her husband it catches everyone off guard when she just approved her husband to pursue her stating “I’m your wife, not your jailor”. After an apology, the three become inseparable as Olive begins to trail away from her fiancĂ© and spend more and more time with the couple.

Although they fall in love with each other, the stark contrast between the “Wonder Women” of the title is deep. Elizabeth is a sarcastic, know it all who struggles with not having control while Olive is more compliant and flexible and described as being so beautiful it can be seen as a handicap. Their approaches to feminism and how their unconventional relationship had to be hid helps Marston create the beautiful, outspoken and powerful Wonder Woman.

The sexual tension is so thick between the three that it almost feels like it can be touched while watching. The chemistry because the actors feels real and the awkwardly and closely placed camera angles help build this up. When it comes time for the sex scene, it dangles closely in soft pornography territories so I wouldn’t watch with anyone you would feel uncomfortable watching with.

Toward the end of the film the story starts getting a little jumpy after a fight with the neighbors when they find out about their lifestyle. Everything seems to speed up and come together all too fast including an overly done up scene in a lingerie shop where the costume for Wonder Woman was found all too perfectly. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women will keep you intrigued however jazzed up some parts of their lives may have been for Hollywood purposes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Ashley Ashley (Senior Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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