Ramblings (Blog)

I’m seeing a bunch of memes and comments repudiating the idea that Wonder Woman represents a breakthrough for women in movies, and they do so by comparing Gal Gadot’s Diana to Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley (Aliens). Essentially, ‘Ripley got there first, your argument is invalid, redo from start.’ This idea misses the point. Misses it like a Stormtrooper shooting at a main character. And it’s important to note why. Before we begin, let’s get one thing crystal clear: I love Aliens. It’s a solid, exciting action/horror with great acting, direction and effects. It’s also flawed in many ways. So is Wonder Woman. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d choose the latter. But then, I’ve seen it fewer times, so it’s fresher, and it’s untainted by a plodding, ill-paced director’s cut (which is inexplicably the only version of Aliens you can buy these days). The Characters aren’t Comparable Ripley is a woman who has nothing – it’s all been taken away, by cryosleep, by Weyland-Yutani and (of course) by the eponymous aliens. She’s a woman stripped to her core with nothing to lose. Diana, by contrast, lives in a literal paradise, with a family who loves her – she willingly (even […]