Fighting for Justice: Wonder Woman Movie Review


“Wonder Woman” was much better than I was expecting. 🙂

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Getting objectionable content out of the way first: There’s obviously Diana’s corset+miniskirt outfit, some innuendo, and a scene with & shot of a guy with nothing on. 

There’s a little of that feminist “girls are better than guys” schtick, but part of that is because the Amazons are  basically an elite military squad. World War I soldiers in the movie do plenty of fighting. Diana’s just better because she’s had years of specialized training. 

Women in the regular military isn’t Biblical, but women stepping up in time of trouble or war to do strategic, warlike things is (Deborah, Jael, Esther). Diana sees a need in the war and she can do something about, so she does, which is Biblical. This, after her tribe ridiculously does not accompany her to the fight after spending their lives in training for that very purpose. 

“If you know what is right to do but you do not do it, you sin.”

-James 4:17

Also, Diana’s incredulity at and passion against some modern war practices like politicians and generals sitting back in safe offices making decisions that’ll end thousands of young lives is a VERY welcome point. 

Before seeing it, I got the impression that the film was going to bash us over the head about ending war, but thankfully it’s not just one big anti-war sermon. Diana comes to see that ending war isn’t possible; the Bible says as much. The end message is Diana learning to get used to fighting for the right and assisting humanity with all its faults and flaws and glories.  

She finally understands there will always be evil to fight because humanity has been corrupted by the god of war Ares–and they continue to let themselves be corrupted. (Man’s sinful nature, as confirmed in the Bible.) There will always be the innocent, poor, and needy to save. There will always be justice to uphold. Who will fight for that?

That’s a message that echoes the Bible. Humans are complicated and God knows that. He helps us much more than we deserve, too. And He insists on our continued fighting the good fight, upholding righteousness, and “occupying till He comes” 

“But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

-Psalm 94:16

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-Pictures via the Wonder Woman Movie Facebook page

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Review)


(Contains spoilers.)

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Wow! This is now my second favorite Marvel movie, after The Avengers. It’s especially relevant because of all the surveillance going on now. This movie finds Cap in an America dealing with freedom, restrictions, expanding government, privacy, and how to balance it all. And he doesn’t give up on an old friend, which pays off!

Few initial observations:
•The Falcon is a nice addition to the team – a real friend for Cap.
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•Can I just say it’s really annoying whenever someone in Marvel “dies”? 🙄
•The Winter Soldier…wasn’t in the movie as much as I was expecting. The story turned out great anyway, but they only just opened up the possibilities with Bucky here.

I like how the privacy intrusions committed by SHIELD and the government all turn out to be bad, because Hydra is revealed to be in charge. The movie makes a excellent point about how complacency, apathy, and backing down results in a loss of our freedom.

Dr. Arnim Zola: “HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. … HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. … People will fight for their freedom if people try to take it from them. But if you cause enough trouble, people will willingly give up their freedom for a more secure world.”

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

Steve Rogers: “Don’t let control take the place of freedom!”

As SHIELD crumbles, Cap and Natasha Romanoff are forced to go on the run.

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The unstable situation is reflected close to home for Cap as he observes Natasha’s style—one of being willing to do anything, to play the games and tell the lies, in order to stay alive and do her spy work. Cap, on the other hand, holds to moral standards. And that’s refreshing to see in this day and age.

Nick Fury: “Now Agent Romanoff is comfortable with everything.”

Natasha Romanoff: “I find that it’s easier to keep your true self buried under several layers of untrue selves, to protect yourself.”
Steve Rogers: “That’s not a good way to live.”
Natasha Romanoff: “No, but it’s a good way not to die.”

God doesn’t ask us to sway our standards with changing situations; following God’s Word ensures success.

The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
– Psalm 112:6b-8

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
– Deuteronomy 23:4

Through it all, as Captain America fights for right, others join him. His dedication to truth, honesty, and friendship influence those around him to those things as well. His shining example is the cause of much good in this movie.

Steve Rogers: “The price of freedom is high, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay!”

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