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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: A Ms. H Movie Review

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction: When there were no “good” movies left at the theater I usually frequent, I decided to find out what was playing at other theaters.  I'm glad I did because I found Professor Marston and the Wonder Women movie. To make a long story short, I recognized the name Marston as the man behind the creation of Wonder Woman and decided to see this movie.  Would I recommend you see it?  Check out my movie review and find out.

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Rating of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

As a precaution, the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women movie is rated R, is for adult viewers and I would not recommend anyone under 17 years old see it.  GIven some of the scenes in the movie, I can see why this movie is rated R.  However, the R rating, in my opinion, does not take away from the quality of the movie content in any way.  

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Origin of Wonder Woman from Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

In my opinion, this movie got off to a slow start.  I guess the writer wanted to provide a lot of background details.  For example, initially it appeared as if the focus of the movie was going to be Professor Marston as the inventor of the lie detector machine.  However, as the movie progresses, you come to see how the lie detector machine ties in with Wonder Woman.

I did not do prior research on the creator of Wonder Woman before seeing this movie, which I think was a benefit for me.  I got to witness all the background details that forms the basis of Wonder Woman.  As an aside, Wonder Woman comics came about during the 1940’s and was a way for Professor Marston to make a living.  It was surprising to me that during that time there were other women comic book superheroes, who unfortunately were not working out well with the readers.  This all changed with Wonder Woman, even though there were turbulent periods including the time when Wonder Woman comic books were actually burned due to the controversy surrounding their origin.  However, this phase was short-lived.

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Believability of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

The actors in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women played their roles  well.  There were no highly dramatic parts of the movie that would test an actor’s ability to act.  In fact you may find yourself checking out the outfits that everyone was wearing at that time sometimes instead of following what was going in the movie scenes -- especially during the slow parts of the movie.

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The Good of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

For the most part, this movie had plenty of good parts which in my opinion outweighed the bad. I believe the movie had a well-crafted storyline which was told in such a way that it gradually led you to how Wonder Woman evolved.  I also liked the lighting throughout the movie that gave it an old 1940’s vibe.  As a result, when you watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women you were almost transported back to that time.  There were other good parts of the movie as well, including the script and the scenery.

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The Bad of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Even though I know why the title refers to “Wonder Women” instead of “Wonder Woman”, I think the name of the movie could have been more specific and titled Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman since in essence, Wonder Woman is who the movie is about.  Another bad attribute of this movie was failing to showcase Wonder Woman’s bracelets more, especially since they are used as one of her strong defenses. Spoiler alert: There was also a disconnect between when the movie started with Professor Marston narrating what happened, to the conclusion when it seemed like the interview just tapered off, instead of continuing to the end of the movie. However, there were scrolling narrative when the movie ended detailing more about Professor Marston and others.


Assessment of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was based on a true story which was told well and in a tasteful fashion.  I got the impression that some of the scenes may have been made up to push the story along, however, in making movies, sometimes this has to be done.  To answer my earlier question of if you should see this movie -- the answer is "yes" if you are 17 years old or older.

Rating of Professor Marson and the Wonder Women

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Professor Marston and the Wonder Women 4 ½ stars.

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