“It doesn’t matter if they don’t deserve it, it’s what you believe that matters” – Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017).
If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it. It will tick every box of prerequisites you have ever had for a strong female lead in any movie. Yesterday I walked out of that cinema feeling incredibly satisfied and somehow so much more empowered as a young woman. Gal Gadot is by far the greatest female lead to have graced our screens and her portrayal of Wonder Woman is not only believable, but inspiring. Her every movement, action and facial expression is on point and there is not one second found within her performance that makes you doubt her greatness. She is a masterful actress and deserves every success. Gadot is also Israeli born, proving once again that you don’t have to be American to reach the big screen and become a sensation.
The film was directed by Patty Jenkins and music was composed by Robert Gregson-Williamson. Jenkins’ artful decisions (especially during the action scenes) combined with Gregson-Williamson’s score of music leaves you feeling every emotion that Wonder Woman feels. You are fighting alongside her while fist bumping the air when she first sheds her civilian clothes and emerges on that battlefield in her Wonder Woman attire. You are an inner mess when she cries out in agonizing pain from losing Steve and then you are thrown into beast mode with her when she finally embraces everything she really is to defeat her foe. Every time she makes a stand and each bullet flies off her shield or her arms, you are in awe and inspired by her strength… But she is also so much more than this outer strength.
A princess of the Amazon warrior women, her empathy for humankind puts humankind to shame. Princess Diana is graceful, kind and powerful and her message to all us mere mortals is one of strength and love. Her strength of character reminds me of another Princess Diana that has since past. Her message is one that we can all follow along with too. Just because someone doesn’t deserve kindness or love, does not mean that we shouldn’t give it to them. As she says, It really comes down to your beliefs. It’s in our human nature to hate, to be spiteful and selfish. Sometimes we really don’t deserve the kindness and love of others. Sometimes, we just don’t have the energy to be kind to someone who has done us wrong. They don’t deserve it, is what we think… But if we start to believe and know that everyone in this world is imperfect and we all make mistakes, then being “deserving” of each other’s kindness and love becomes inconsequential.
Just do it, just be kind and loving. Empower yourself and the people around you and fight hate with love, like Wonder Woman does.
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