I’ve wanted to see this movie for the longest time because Wonder Woman is one of my all time favorite comic book characters. Seeing what made her come into creation and why sounded intriguing to me. Unfortunately, my movie theater did not play this movie and to be honest, I added it to Hulu a long time ago and forgot about it until I noticed it when searching for a movie. After such a long wait, my expectations were extremely high. Keep reading to see if my extremely high expectations for this movie were met.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, played by Luke Evans. Before creating Wonder Woman, Marston and his wife, Elizabeth Marston, played by Rebecca Hall, both worked at Harvard where he was a professor and they were both perfecting the first ever lie detector test. That’s where Olive Bryne, played by Bella Heathcote, comes in. A student of William’s, she soon becomes both William’s and Elizabeth’s assistant to helping perfect the lie detector test until she becomes so much more.
I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that the premise of the whole movie was enjoyable. It’s been disputed that this wasn’t the whole truth, probably because of the highly sexual nature of this movie which shows both Elizabeth and Olive together as well as Olive and William together. Whether true or not, what’s not debatable is that both of these women inspired Wonder Woman and made Wonder Woman what she is because they both embody the perfect woman, the perfect balance, and that’s what Wonder Woman is. There wasn’t a time in this movie, which had a run time of almost two hours, that didn’t have me captivated. I was actually upset when it was over because I just wanted to know more. There were little bits at the end that explained what happened after the movie ended, but to be honest if the film was longer I wouldn’t have minded one bit. I also enjoyed how this movie was basically told as a flashback as William is fighting for his work to not be banded for showing certain images and the context of the original Wonder Woman comic that were too controversial at that time.
The Relationship Between Olive and the Marston’s While this movie shows that Olive had a sexual relationship with both Elizabeth and William, she even had William’s children, I can’t help but feel that she was more into Elizabeth than William. Throughout the movie, Olive is seen pursing Elizabeth and the approval or disapproval on Elizabeth’s part changes the course of the movie. When Elizabeth is approving of Olive’s actions, Olive is at her happiest. When Elizabeth is upset or pushing Olive away, perhaps because of her own insecurities about her sexuality, Olive is miserable. In this open relationship between Olive, Elizabeth, and William, it seems like William is an afterthought and Olive is only with him at Elizabeth’s approval. Let me know what your take on all of this down in the comments section below.
I loved the cast of this movie. It couldn’t have been more perfectly casted as all three actors, Luke Evens, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcore, made this movie. The chemistry between Hall and Heathcore is of the charts and makes this movie more enjoyable. Without the cast working as well as they did together this movie wouldn’t’ have been as good as it was.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
I thought this movie was just amazing. I loved it from start to finish and couldn’t have asked for a better movie. While all of this movie might or might not be real, the story of how these two strong women became Wonder Woman was. Saying that, I will say that this movie was gratuitous at time with the sex scenes, but they felt like an important part of the movie and not something that was thrown in for the shock value. If you’re interested in seeing how Wonder Woman came to be the icon that she is today than this is the movie for you. If you’re going to be squeamish about three consenting adults in an open relationship with complex dynamics, then I would say to skip this movie.