#XD30-six-Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman recently hit box offices everywhere and set summer movie records on fire. I got the chance to see the film earlier this evening and it’s easy to see why people everywhere are interested in the story. Let me start by saying that I don’t know anything about Wonder Woman, or any comic book hero for that matter. It has never been my thing, and when it comes to action movies, it’s not really a genre that I go running to the theatre to see. Yet, I have heard nothing but amazing things about the movie.

To be fair, lets go ahead and note that Wonder Woman is the story of Diana, (played by Gal Gadot) an Amazonian woman princess on an Island governed by women, in a world without men. She is linked to greek mythology in that the Amazons were created to save the world after Zeus and Aries fell out, and that is where we find young Diana, eager to fulfill a destiny and save the world.

I honestly thought the story was done quite well. Although I find it incredibly difficult to imagine a society that lacks men, I could appreciate the telling or showcasing of the depth of a people of women. Albeit, older, white women (on a petty note). I love the power and prowess that the film took on for women. The film made every effort to assert women and that’s something we don’t see everyday, nor do we always appreciate it. So, kudos to that!

One interesting aspect I noticed was the transition coming from the amazonian world of their island into the world of civilization. Diana went to sleep on a sailboat with her hair braided back and woke up with it completely undone. I’m not mad about it, but it’s interesting to see how easily the world erases aspects of her heritage. Just something to think about.

As a whole the film appeals most earnestly to the hopeless romantic. Let’s be clear, these women kick ass, but the story is so much bigger than a woman hero on a plight to save the world. Diana is a woman that is true to self and fully actualized. I think it would also be interesting to unpack the way a woman navigates herself when she comes from a world that is matriarchal as opposed to the patriarchal societies that govern most cultural societies. She is bold, forthright, and unapologetic in her quest to be herself, completely. The only way we save the world is through love.

DAY 24, 25, & 26

Tell us about the last movie you saw in theatres.

The last movie I went to see was The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy. I really appreciate the fact that they both executive produced the film, I think that looks amazing for Black Hollywood. Sure, I had a few issues with the film, but overall, they did a great job with the story they selected. It wasn’t a “black” film, it was acted well, and the characters were believable. I mentioned it a little in the podcast a few weeks ago.

In other news, I watched Blackbird, a film i talked about here for heed magazine. I definitely feel that it is a story that should be told, vastly important to so many of our communities; however, the film was quite trash-ish, to be frank. It just was not executed very well, at all. There were a few great moments, but even Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington struggled with inconsistencies.

I’ve come to really appreciate film and television again. More on TV later.

Tell us about the last book you read.

The Four Agreements. I highly recommend it. For peace of mind, and peace in life. It gave me such a fresh perspective on how I few the world and how the agreements that I make, like anyone else, affect the way in which we all live. It is officially on my list of favorites.

Name one place you would love to visit one day.

I want to go to the middle east. Not forever, but I would love to spend some time traveling there. I have wanted to learn arabic for years. Which reminds me, I keep meaning to dust of the rosetta stone that i purchased to assist in learning that difficult tongue. But I want to see the world, and teach children English, one day. Only for a short while.

PS We are officially at the home stretch and I have to say, I can’t wait for this to be over. Seriously. I am very much looking forward to getting myself re-acclimated with the world of social media. Sometimes I feel like I am missing everything! Such is life. I was catching up on Wendy Williams earlier and I heard her say something incredibly profound during her ask Wendy segment. “Who has time to usher anyone into their own happiness? move on.” Yes to your will lord, thats all I could say! but lets discuss the quote tomorrow.

Because its Sunday, and I’m going to church. Its the topic of discussion on The Sunday Afternoon.