mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 141 minutes
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Director: Patty Jenkins
Sex: Steve and Diana kiss passionately, and we can assume they spend the night together. A character lifts his kilt to dry his undies by the fire. Another character says he's aroused after he sees Diana's fighting prowess.
Language: Mild: H, D, OMG.
Violence: Loads of super hero-esque mass destruction, mostly bloodless. The Amazon warriors hold fierce battle training and the scenes are very stylized. Random people are murdered, and good people die.
Drugs: Characters drink socially in bars, one character gets drunk.
Nudity: Steve is naked after a bath and covers his privates with his hand. Diana's costume is very formfitting.
Other: The story is based on Greek mythology, and they're dealing with lots of gods.
Integrity: Wonder Woman is completely driven by her call to protect and use her strength for good. Steve goes through a character transformation from self-centered to self-sacrifice.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers...and her true destiny.
To quote a wise girlfriend, when I grow up I want to be Wonder Woman. She’s tenderhearted and fiercely powerful. She barges through closed doors into rooms filled with power-mad generals and boldly denounces their warped ideals. How could this war mindset be tolerated? This girl elevates the game all around.
Diana, Princess of Themyscira, has a sweet purity that fuels her desire to protect the innocent. As the movie opens, we meet our hero briefly as an adult and then track through her childhood as an Amazon princess. We see the forces that shaped her values: her strong mother, brave and honorable, but wounded and protective; and her warrior aunt who bears the burden of knowing the threat of war, and who secretly prepares Diana for her future role.
This majestic paradise is the protective island sanctuary in which Diana’s perspective was formed. We see her both discover and live out her life purpose that comes from deep within her spirit. Challenging her mother’s desire to keep her safe on the island, Diana asks, “What will I be if I stay?”. From that moment, we leap forward with every step of her quest, completely inspired.
Her quest is to protect and love the world, and compel others to love. Indeed, it is love that becomes the ultimate force behind her power, which is how this movie brings us together. There are themes of creation and sacrifice and devotion that are fun to talk about with my older kids. Alicia Cohn wrote for Christianity Today, "She defines herself more by her ideals than her invulnerable powers."
It’s a war movie with lots of explosions, murder and mass carnage, though not very bloody. There’s a bit of language and some definite sexual references. The maturity of the film kicks it out of Family-Approved range, even though there are many positive messages to talk about with friends and family.
Not Dove Family Approved
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