‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ Review: A Sexy Origin Story | TIFF 2017

Collider | 9/13/2017 | Adam Chitwood
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How does one of the most iconic feminist characters in pop culture history get created? The true story is stranger than fiction, but captured in compelling, compassionate, and loving fashion in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. This tale of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston chronicles how the psychologist and his wife’s polyamorous relationship with another woman paved the way to Wonder Woman, but more importantly it’s a film about love, acceptance, and feminism. Anchored by a powerhouse performance from Rebecca Hall, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women clips by at a rapid and compelling pace, and while the narrative gets a bit rushed when it’s time to actually tackle the comics character’s creation, the character work that precedes it brings this thing home in emotional fashion.

Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the film begins in 1928 as we’re introduced to Professor William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), who teaches psychology alongside his wife Elizabeth Marston (Hall), a brilliant woman who continues to be denied her PhD because, frankly, she’s a lady. The Marstons are presented as intellectual, curious, and flirty, and they take a particular interest in a student named Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), who becomes Professor Marston’s Teaching Assistant and befriends the duo. Olive’s beauty is unparalleled, and indeed in a standout scene early in the film, the Marstons watch Olive from afar as Elizabeth assess how her beauty—psychologically—is both an asset and a burden for the young girl. It’s a brilliantly written, directed, and acted scene that serves to underline the dynamics present through the film.

Aids - Marstons - Experiments - Breakthrough - Invention

Olive aids the Marstons in their experiments and is personally responsible for a breakthrough in their invention of the lie detector, which they test out on each other and which is used in dramatic fashion to lay bare everyone’s true feelings. After...
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