Monday, September 4, 2017

The Schoenberg Spotlight Review of Wonder Woman: Rise Of The Warrior (2017) by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg

This review of the movie Wonder Woman: Rise Of The Warrior (2017) was written by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg and published in the online edition of The Schoenberg Spotlight.

Wonder Woman: Rise Of The Warrior (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Screenplay by Allan Heinberg
Story by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder & Jason Fuchs
Based on Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Gal Gadot as Diana
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
Reviewed 6/18/17

I enjoyed watching Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins directed the stars in such a way that they worked as a team to give an ensemble to give performances of outstanding quality. The screenplay by Allan Heinberg based upon the story for this film written by Allan Heinberg, Zach Snyder, and Jason Fuchs reminded me of the Indiana Jones movies in which there is some type of non-stop action every few minutes that draws the attention of the audience and advances the story line in a meaningful fashion. The origin story was well-done and prepared us for her launch into the world of men to rescue them from war and violence.

Gal Gadot, as Diana the Wonder Woman, demonstrated agility, wit, intelligence, and wisdom that showed she was a quick learner. She was also capable of exercising caution and taking decisive action. Chris Pine successfully played a macho, but sensitive man, who instructed Diana in the ways of the world while not taking advantage of her. There is good chemistry between them with increasing sexual tension. They are partners and each takes charge at different times to lead an expedition to stop General Erich Ludendorff's plan to use a new poison weapon to win World War I. Diana shows her courage, fortitude, gentility, and ability in fighting the enemy. The movie is set during World War I. The atmosphere of the era is successfully recreated. Some liberties with history are taken but they are used to advance the plot. All in all, it is a very entertaining movie.

Despite this, the illiberal lefties, political correctness zealots, the reactionary progressives, the over-the-top liberals, and feministas could not leave well-enough alone. Somehow, they felt Wonder Woman should have done even more (and the men can go to hell) instead of seeing how both sexes can work together for the benefit of humanity. They have even debated whether Diana should have had her armpit hair shaved. And more than a few objected to Gal Gadot, an Israeli Beauty Contest Winner, being cast as Diana. In real life, besides being a beauty contest winner, Gal Gadot proudly served two years in the Israeli military, is an Israeli patriot proud of her country, and is a happily married mother of two, which goes against the leftist and feminist grain that women are exploited by Western culture. Fortunately, the producers have not listed to the bad advice of these loony lefties whose influence has damaged the Star Wars franchise.

The illiberal lefties, political correctness zealots, the reactionary progressives, the over-the-top liberals, and feministas have a canned narrative that minorities and women need extra help and set-asides to get ahead. In New York State, a legislator has proposed that the next State budget provides for $50,000.00 grants be offered to worthy minorities and women to encourage their participation in movie making. The government does not have a very good record in the creativity department. All this is an exercise in pork to reward ideologues who cannot find an audience for their stuff. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have a bright future because they are competent in what they do, bring joy to people, and make profits for movie producers. They prove if you are good, you will get ahead. You don't need to demonize any group, employ affirmative action, or have government bureaucrats on your side to advance your career. The success of this movie is a rebuke to the opponents of capitalism and the democratic principle of equal opportunity for all.

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