Last June, we had the entertaining female superhero movie “Wonder Woman.” Now, we have “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women,” which focuses on how the phenomenon was created.
Be there’s a catch. The film is rated R, because it was all conceived based on an illegal relationship: two women and one man. That and a lot of the material in the comics was explicit. Hope your kid didn’t see the poster.
Luke Evans stars as William Moulton Marston, a psychologist, who works with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) at the American University, and intends on studying women based on their behavior. They get a new teaching assistant named Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcoat), whom Elizabeth doesn’t want her husband get aroused with. She even tells her not to “f*ck her husband.”
Despite getting off on the wrong foot, they end up working on a project, known as a lie detector. It works, but at what cost? Because William admits he loves both his wife and Olive; and Olive loves both him and his wife. This love story cannot be, or could it?
And about “Wonder Woman,” the movie simultaneously shows William taking heat from the Child Study Association of America (Connie Britton plays the director), because of the great controversy the comic has created. They say it’s too sexual. All of it is based on his relationships.
There are moments that irritate me like Olive’s sorority meeting or people burning the comics. I’m sure that happened, but that doesn’t mean I have to appreciate them.
Still, “Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman” is fun for exploring the sexual world of the man who created the beloved female superhero. Evans, Hall, and Heathcoat all shine, and writer/director Angela Robinson gives the film a bright look.
Again, the movie is rated R. So, sorry kids, this isn’t the “Wonder Woman” for you. But it is for the teens and adults, whether or not they grew up with her.