Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman - Film Club Review


Based on the true story of the American Psychologist William Moulton Marston, and how he came to create the character of Wonder Woman...

Title: Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Angela Robinson

Details the unconventional life of Dr William Marston and his polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic.


In general, did people enjoy this film?

The general consensus was that this film was overdone and heavy-handed. While the story was interesting, the way it was written and directed lacked a subtlety that would've made it a more enjoyable watch. The subject matter was pushed too hard and a lot of the scenes seemed unrealistic. Having said that it was interesting to learn about the creation of Wonder Woman and the exploration of an unconventional relationship, especially during that time period.

What did they like / not like about it?

Like: That it questions the traditional conditioning of what a relationship should look like. I enjoyed how the movie delved into human behavior both in a small and larger scale.
Did not like: Overall the film felt a little 'clumsy' due to missing the small details. Like it just missed the 'art house' feel that could have elevated a great dialogue.
- Sally

I did not know the story behind the Wonder Woman comic [so I liked that it explored that]. - Sarah

I enjoyed watching it, and learning about the history of Wonder Woman. However I definitely think there was a lot lacking in this movie and a lot that could've been done better. There was potential there.  - Mali

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Challenging. Feminine. Thought-inducing. Stylized. Relationships. Family. Psychology. Unconventional. Contrived. Heavy-handed. Flexible. Feminist.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

Mixed answers. Perhaps to a friend that really likes to read between the lines.


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And the next film is…

Title: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Dr Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob and 14-year-old Kim. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family's life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.

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