Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.
This movie is a highly original love story that is surprisingly subtle given the unconventional nature of the relationship and family life of these three people. In their love for one another they laid the seeds for the best modern day fictional power woman known to us. But that is really not the core of this extremely well crafted film.
This wonder woman is not so much a force of feminism but ultimately something greater: a force of love and truth that conquers all. It includes all of love's concepts and translates them in an almost perfect visual language. The film casually marries all kinds of psychologically fascinating questions by showing us what love really means and does to us, even it is not the 'standard' family structure or missionary position. And it does so with surprising ease.
This leaves a film that is emotionally captivating from beginning to end. It has all these concepts and questions... but it just wraps them all firmly in that loving blanket. You really feel the affection between the main characters. You can almost touch it, that's how good the directing and performances are. It doesn't try to tell us what love is, it just shows us onscreen.
And the result is the extraordinary Wonder Woman, reminding us that nothing is ordinary about true love.
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