Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Movies, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The real-life backstory to Wonder Woman was a lot more provocative than we're led to believe here.

To the short but heady list of movies about Harvard professors behaving oddly (Altered States, The Paper Chase), add this underpowered WWII-era drama about married faculty members William and Elizabeth Marston (Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall). Libertines of the psychology department, they invite comely student Olive (Bella Heathcote) into their research lab and bed; after participating in some of the tamest S&M threeways ever committed to film, the trio gives rise to the creation of an iconic superheroine, foisted on an unprepared readership.

It all really happened but surely with a lot more passion than writer-director Angela Robinson’s script would have it. Wonder Woman’s genesis in bondage play and a willfully naughty attempt to subvert the mainstream deserves a more courageous film than this one, gauzy and overscored. All is not lost: Hall’s braininess remains a treasure, and the movie is stronger when exploring its polyamorous love affair beyond the lasso.

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Release details

Rated:
R
Release date:
Friday October 13 2017
Duration:
108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Angela Robinson
Screenwriter:
Angela Robinson
Cast:
Luke Evans
Rebecca Hall
Oliver Platt
Bella Heathcote

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