My wife and I both have full time jobs and a three year old son, so the only movies we watch together are the ones you can rent and pause every twenty minutes. If either of us manages to make it to a theater to see a movie, we usually end up doing it without the other one.
This is why, while I saw Wonder Woman a few weeks ago, Nicole just say it recently. Her initial reactions, based on the texts she sent me when the movie let out, were a perfect reminder of how great she is and how great we are together.
Her first comment was that she really liked it.
Her second comment is that she could have done without all the speed bumps, which is a reference to something involving how parts of the movie were filmed and which totally confused me.
Funny enough, my first comment after the movie was that I really liked it and my second comment was about the music, which is a good contrast between the two of us. Nicole will always have a better eye for film and I will always have a better ear for music.
We shared the same third comment: We both wished that a particular scene had never happened.
The scene in question is after the first major battle for Wonder Woman after leaving the island, the battle at No Man's Land. Afterwards, everyone is celebrating the liberation of the town and she and Steve Trevor are having a moment while they dance. The scene then moves upstairs to a room in the hotel, where Diana and Steve share their first kiss. The camera then cuts to the exterior of the hotel and the scene ends.
The implication is that this was the sex scene and, if that's the case, it's incredibly out of place.
It should be noted that the scene itself seems to be intentionally ambiguous. One of the people I saw it with was convinced Diana and Steve did NOT have sex and I chose to go with her interpretation.
The scene isn't necessary. They didn't have to have sex to be in love, yet that's the implication given at the end of the movie. And while that's a lovely reversal of a traditional puritan narrative, it's also still messed up.
And it suggests that this is the only reason we know they're in love, despite all the other moments in the movie. It also suggests it's the only reason that THEY know they're in love, which opens up an entirely creepy door, behind which we find sleazy Steve Trevor. If sex was required for her to know she was in love, then she's more naive than the entirety of the movie would suggest, and perhaps Steve having sex with her isn't exactly as charming as we're supposed to think.
It would have been interesting if Steve only believed she loved him because they had sex, though, while Diana loved him and they had sex.
But given the length of the movie and the amount of time Steve and Diana spent together, isn't even claiming they were in love a bit of a stretch? And is that the type of story we'd see in movie with a male lead?
We're also shown throughout the movie that Diana's brashness is due to her devout belief in her cause. She might be plunging headlong into the unknown, but she's willing to do so because she believes only she can stop Hades. She's willing to put up with a lot of strangeness in this new world for the good of her quest. But I don't know how sleeping with Steve would fit in there and it seems like a complication she would want no part of. And that's not specifically an emotional complication, it's just the idea of introducing something new to her when she's been so focused on her goal.
From that respect, I don't know that she would initiate sex and if she didn't it brings us back around to Sleazy Steve cutting a hole in the bottom of his bucket of popcorn.
I'm sure there's a valid argument somewhere out there for why this scene is not just perfectly fine, but essential to the movie. But I haven't found it and I can't imagine what it would be.
Besides, Hollywood, if your goal is to let us know that Wonder Woman is a sexual being then you know exactly what you have to show us and it doesn't involve a man.
We'll see if Warner Brothers accepts that challenge in the sequel.