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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.

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Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.

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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »
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13 October 2017 (USA)  »

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$736,883 (North America) (15 October 2017)

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$1,584,759 (USA) (20 November 2017)
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According to director Angela Robinson at the 2017 New York Comic Con, the producers tried to invite William Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston to a private screening of the film. Christie, however, publicly stated that they did not try a direct contact, just "via other parties". See more »

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In a scene set in the 1920's, Prof. Marston says that he was "in the OSS" during World War I. But the OSS didn't exist until 1942. In the twenties, "in the OSS" would have been meaningless. See more »

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Olive Byrne: [From trailer] A comic book, Bill?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's perfect. I'm going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America. I mean, I'll get a real artist to draw it properly.
Elizabeth Marston: She's an Amazon princess that lives on an island of all women?
William Moulton Marston: Paradise Island.
Elizabeth Marston: And a man crash lands on the island.
William Moulton Marston: Yeah. Steve Trevor, the spy.
Olive Byrne: And she wears a burlesque outfit?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's athletic!
Olive Byrne: And silver bracelets.
William Moulton Marston: They deflect bullets.
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An great story hampered by bioflick clichés
23 October 2017 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

Luke Evans stars as William Moulton Marston, a professor of psychology at Harvard (and the inventor of an early version of the lie detector), who's theory of human emotions revolves around dominance and happiness being derived from submitting to a benign loving authority figure. His theories are acted out in his personal life when he slips into an open three-way marriage with his wife (Rebecca Hall), his research colleague, and their research assistant (and his student) Bella Heathcote. They set up a three-way household with children from both unions, and eventually discover fetish bondage. Marston is fired from Harvard for his indiscretions, and ends up going into the comic book business, inventing Wonder Woman as an expression of his theories and injecting elements of both women into the character. This movie tells a fascinating story, so it would have been nice if it had done it in a better way. It falls into many of the standard biopic traps, hitting the audience over the head with painfully obvious symbolism, using a wrap-around story that contributes nothing to the main story, and taking egregious narrative short cuts to get from points A to B many times. All that aside, the films general thesis is that Wonder Woman was a character intended to express liberation (sexual, social and political) for women, and this was an expression of his lifestyle. The film doesn't successfully show that his lifestyle is actually an expression of these ideals as opposed to just an expression of his personal sexual kinks. It's fine if that's all it was, but not fine for the point the film wants to make.


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