Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the controversial and unconventional true story of Wonder Woman’s creator Professor Marston. Whether you are a fan of the most famous female superhero of all time or not, it does not matter as Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is ultimately a love story, in fact a story of true love between a man and two women in the Thirties when unconventional relationships were illegal and tabu. Read my review to find out why I liked it and why you should not miss Professor Marston & The Wonder Women when it is released in cinemas today.
A superhero origin tale unlike any other, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic feminist superhero Wonder Woman. While Marston’s groundbreaking character was pilloried by censors for its sexual frankness, he was living a secret life that was equally controversial. Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman were his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and their mutual lover Olive Byrne, self-empowered women who defied social conventions while they helped Marston advance his prescient behavioral research.
Luke Evans Rebecca Hall Bella Heathcote Connie Britton Oliver Platt
Directed by: Angela Robinson
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is essentially a feminist film about the sensitive creator of the comic book hero that has changed the perspective on superheroes. His life story is particularly unique. William Marston (played by gorgeous Luke Evans) was a psychologist by education and a university Professor who contributed to the invention of the lie detector in the Twenties. Nevertheless he is most famous for the creating of the character of Wonder Woman for DC Comics in 1941.
Professor’s Marston’s clever wife Elizabeth (played by Rebecca Hall) was a famous psychologist herself. They worked together and had great chemistry as a couple. One of their students and research assistant Olive Byrne (played by Bella Heathcote) got closer to them as she admired them so much. They developed an extraordinary unconventional romantic partnership a trois which was illegal and controversial for those times. The movie explores their three way romance including the lesbian love between the two women. It was this intense strong love that inspired Wonder Woman. Olive in particular became the visual inspiration for Wonder Woman when she started wearing kinky outfits in intimate moments.
Luke Evans as Professor Marston is very charming and sexy in this film. But the movie is more about the two women in his life, they love they feel for each other and him.
Rebecca Hall is the perfect actress to play strong, neurotic and brilliant Professor Elizabeth Holloway Marston. She was the real inspiration for Wonder Woman’s personality. She loves her husband beyond the charming looks and values his intelligence and his values. She is very open for a woman in the 1920s and is willing to accept a lesbian relationship alongside marriage.
The polygamous daring arrangement involving also bondage and dominant as well as submissive relationship was kept secret at the time as it was illegal. Nowadays sexuality is more fluid and accepted in its multifaceted ways so these ladies and their accepting partner were ahead of their time. If you then watch back Wonder Woman‘s filmsyou appreciate the genesis of the comic-book storytelling.
There are no special effects, no gimmicks, just an authentic story and perfect cast. For the quirkiness and craziness of the story, this film is a great watch. For superheroes’ fans, it’s a must-see.
London Mums’ rating: 8/10
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is at cinemas on 10 November 2017.
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