June 4, 2017

Do Something: Wonder Woman (2017)

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There's an old saying--often attributed to Gandhi, but really is just a misinterpretation of his actual words--that says "be the change you want to see in the world." Simply put, it suggests that we as individuals all have the power to influence change in the world. This can be accomplished by first changing our own mindset and then choosing to be different; basically implementing those changes through action. Acting differently usually means being more tolerant or more charitable or both. Be of service.

We all, or at least most of us, tend to get inspired by stories of people seemingly selflessly pursuing acts of kindness, generosity, or heroism towards their fellow man/woman (or animals), but if we all had the attitude that we are a citizen of the world, then it would then become imperative that we each do our own part. Think about it. That's how all the great movements of change are initiated: when individuals first make up their mind to be of service and then choose to act in a way that is more conscious (locally, nationally, or globally), and in doing so are able to affect change by working towards solving an existing problem in the world and inspiring others to act as well. It only takes one brave soul to initiate a movement of action as evidenced in the movie Wonder Woman (2017). Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman serves as a great reminder to us all to do something, and when we do, we can make a difference.

In the movie Wonder Woman, despite growing up sheltered from the ills of the outside world, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), born Princess Diana of Themyscira, had a pressing desire to do more than the life carved out for her in the Amazon. From an early age, she wanted to train to be a warrior: one who would protect and defend Themyscira from the impending arrival and evil doings of Ares, the god of war, and subsequently save the world from his wrath as well. But when a certain American pilot by the name of Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash-landed on Themyscira, Diana was confronted with certain realities of the outside world that until that moment remained a legend for all intents and purposes. After rescuing the pilot and forcing Steve to tell the Amazonian authorities, including her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Neilson) about who he was, through the use of a truth-inducing lasso, Diana rashly decides to not only free the prisoner but also accompany him on his mission to help stop the war: World War I. Fresh off years of training from her aunt and General Antiope (Robin Wright) and recently realizing her great strength and abilities, Diana then set out that night--after a brief interlude with her mother in which she said goodbye--to kill Ares, which she believed would stop the war. 

Despite a few necessary detours to pick up allies, information, and resources to help with their cause, Diana and her travel companions finally made it to Western Front of the war. There Steve would prevent a German general by the name of Ludendorff (Danny Huston) from using a deadly mustard gas created by a mad scientist named Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya), but not before Diana could save a Belgian village by ridding it of German occupiers, and the gang enjoyed a short victory in which Diana and Steve shared a connection. After Diana gets antsy and almost jeopardizes Steve's mission and as well as the subsequent bombing of a nearby village, Diana pursues the man responsible, Ludendorff, and kills him to prevent further fatalities and violence. It is there, at this site, that Diana finally comes face-to-face with Sr. Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis), the man she believed to be Steve's ally, but who is revealed to be her half-brother Ares. Diana is forced into the biggest battle of her life thus far, both mentally and physically, and emerges victorious despite learning of the death of her love, Steve, who died while destroying the mustard gas. In the end, a new superhero was born and Diana had committed herself to a life of doing something: protecting all life.

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Although Wonder Woman is quite the entertaining action movie about DC's first female superhero (and arguably most famous female hero), with this movie, there is certainly more than meets the eye. Wonder Woman serves as a great reminder to us all to do something. Like Diana Prince, we all have the ability to affect change, superpowers or not, small or large. So, go forth and do something, be of service, "be the change you want to see in the world." The latter may be more of a bumper sticker than an actual quote from Gandhi, but it can still be true, right?

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