It had been a while since I had enjoyed a movie so much as I enjoyed Professor Marston & the Wonder Women and it is not just that I enjoyed it; I mean that I loved every single bit of this grand masterpiece of a movie, from the superb script and directing delivered by Angela Robingson, the impeccable performances of Luke Evans, Rebeca Hall and Bella Heathcote, beautiful photography and exquisite storyline. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women hast it all: intelligent characters, artistic details, controversy, some pop culture, unconventional sexuality and much more that makes it a must-see movie.
The movie is based on the life of Doctor William Moulton Marston, a brilliant psychologist who co-created the lie detector machine next to his wife Elizabeth Marston. Later on, he also wrote the Wonder Women comic books series which launched him to a fame and glory known only by Superman and his creator.
The gifted actress Rebeca Hall delights the audience with her best performance ever as Professor Marston’s wife and the chemistry between her and Luke Evans (Professor Marston) is dazzling. Along appeared the beautiful Bella Heathcote portraying Olive Byrne, the student who aided the Marston marriage with their research and much more. When this trio appeared on screen it was pure magic and their scenes together were one of the most captivating elements in the movie, they were just so deeply immersed in their roles that the outcome was amazing. Most of the movie revolves around this trio but J.J Feild’s short and beautiful performance of the French Thong King Charles Guyette is astounding.
So what makes Professor Marston worthy of the title “superhero”? For starters, he was a gifted psychologist graduated from Harvard and teaching in the best universities. He was also the co-inventor of the lie detecting machine next to his former colleague and wife Elizabeth Marston, a Wonder Women. She was a brilliant psychologist, a fierce feminist, a loving and very understanding wife who shared her husband’s passion for psychology and the human behavior. Together they were unstoppable, he respected her for who she was and she gave Professor Marston the space and comprehension that every husband desires, especially when they met the new student Bella Heathcote.
Bella Heathcote beauty dazzles the audience from her first appearance, her blonde curls light up the screen and they are outshined only by her neat performance. She landed in the Marston midst to brighten their lives with her intelligence and pure beauty, first as their research assistant and later, as their lover. It is hard to imagine a polyamorous affair nowadays and in the movie we see how this trio handled theirs back in the 30’s and 40’s. An impossible feat some will say, love can break all the barriers and you cannot stop us, is the trio’s message for the world.
Comics, human behavioral psychology, lesbianism, sadomasochism all neatly and artistically filmed, wrapped in the power of true and honest love beyond conventional perspectives. Luke Evans once again proves what he is made of and Bella Heathcote is amazing too, but the coveted actress Rebeca Hall’s performance is the cherry on top of the pie. That is what Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is about and I am not telling you more because this movie has to be enjoyed in the best way possible and without spoilers.