But…I Don’t Do Super Hero Movies!!

Anyone who knows me could have told you one for sure thing about me – I don’t do Super Hero movies. (Or Star Wars, but that’s not germane to this post.)

Or, I didn’t.

Until last weekend.

I had my belt test for my Single Black Stripe in Taekwondo last Saturday and was meeting up with some friends for dinner that evening after the test (one day I will have someone there to watch just me, LOL). And somehow I suggested we go and see Wonder Woman.

It seemed kind of apropos to the day and the reason we were getting together – and I already had my ticket for On Your Feet the next day. So we got our tickets (in advance thank goodness as even getting them on Thursday our seat selection was limited (our AMC theaters in NYC have reserved seating, which makes it so much better than the old line up and then scramble for seats routine) but we got 3 together) and after dinner we headed to the movie theater.

I had heard all the buzz – I knew it wasn’t the Wonder Woman of the tv series I remember watching (ah, the twirl to get out of street clothes and into the Wonder Woman costume – hey, my parents watched it and we had family tv time after family dinner time). And I tried to go in with an open mind.

And I was captivated from the very start. THIS was a Super Hero movie I could get into. And no, not *just* because of the Amazons and the training sequences. Everything was different to the other Super Hero movies I’d seen. (Yes, I’d made myself watch a couple of Marvel ones when I worked at The Disney Store – usually when I was on a cruise and didn’t have to pay for it. So I knew the standard formula.) I knew this was Diana’s origin story as Wonder Woman, but even so it was MORE story even with the action.

Early on, it was pretty clear this was directed by a woman who wanted to present women in a strong light, but also with realism – I’ll get to the major thing with that later. There were times that there was some slight flesh overhang in places where real women have it sometimes – and other real-woman things that likely would have been taped up or computer fixed away had this been a male director.

There was humor as well. The infirmary scene with Steve and Diana was full of double entendre which drew definite laughs particularly from the women in the audience both times (whoops…did I just let a spoiler for this post out?? stay tuned!) – “You let that little thing tell you what to do?” got an especially large laugh. And then later the Diana’s quip about men being necessary for procreation but not so much for pleasure got another large laugh.

Watching Diana through training and what self-discovery she is able to have under the protectiveness of Hippoltya (really over-protectiveness), seeing her discover what she could do – sometimes through training, others through circumstance, it hit a nerve for me personally as I’ve discovered things about myself and my abilities through my Taekwondo training. NOT that I’m under any illusions there, but I know that it’s made me stronger…and its made me recognize a strength that I always had but tended to let lay dormant.

But let’s get to THE scene. The scene that for me puts this film above the other Super Hero movies I’ve seen. Where we see that ultimately it’s love and compassion that drive Diana (yes, I would argue that in the final battle sequence it is ultimately love and not vengeance that drives her – but that’s not the scene I’m talking about here). The scene that as I understand it was almost cut.

No Man’s Land.

I got chills followed by tears as Diana looked at the men telling her she couldn’t but then boldly climbed out of the trench and marched across the barren land, fending off bullets (with some pretty awesome outside blocks, by the way) and then using her shield as cover so that the men could then come up and fight for themselves.

For me, that scene was as powerful as the scene in Maleficent when Maleficent awakens to find that her wings had been removed. Both are pivotal scenes for the characters, and both are scenes that will stay with me.

It’s in that scene that Diana truly comes into her own – yes, even before she learns who she really is in her battle with Ares. And it is breathtaking. Simply put, had that scene not been in the film, I do not think it would be the film it is and have the impact it is having. She acts out of love and compassion for innocent people, not out of some need for personal glory. And later in the battle with Ares, love and compassion are present even there, even though there is an element of vengeance for Steve’s sacrifice, it is ultimately her compassion for humanity that drives her.

And now to what I alluded to earlier. The realism. Diana’s thigh jiggled. Slight, true. But both in her striding across No Man’s Land as well as when she lands after the epic battle with Ares, her thighs have a slight jiggle. Because guess what? Women’s bodies jiggle! It happens. Even muscles have a bit of jiggle on impact. And that is mind blowing!! How many other times has that been computer-fixed so that we don’t see jiggle, we don’t see imperfection, no matter how slight.

I applaud Patty Jenkins for keeping both the scene AND the jiggle in the film. Thank you Gal Gadot for bringing Diana to life with such compassion, strength, and humanity. Thanks to all involved for making this wonderful film.

Yes, I have gone back to see it a second time. Yes. I have bought the Art and Making of book as well as the novelization. It solidified my desire to go to Greece (next summer!!). It’s fired me up in Taekwondo training (at least 18 months from Black Belt test) – already instructors have commented how fired up I am in class. And I will go back again to see this film. Probably Friday!

So I can no longer say “But I don’t do Super Hero” movies truthfully. Now I can say “I don’t do ALL Super Hero movies. But I do Wonder Woman!”

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Stuff…

Things have gone well since Hartford. Not quite the mileage my plan calls for, but I’ve been getting some good miles in. Exception was yesterday where – probably thanks to my sleeping through the intended 10 miler last weekend – at around Mile 7 my wonderful left ITB flared up. So I cut the intended 12 to 8. But it’ll be ok.

Got to Rutgers for running club, and when AJ was saying hi to me as I was coming in and down the stairs, he said “Uh oh…that doesn’t look like a good face.” The foam rollers were out, so even though at that point I was in jeans, I got my little self on one. Rolled up and down a couple of times before hitting the offending knot – and yelping loudly when I did. I had a good chat with Ruth, then after the regular meeting, Kent had a chat with those of us who will be helping lead at the fluid and cheer station next Sunday.

I then had a little time to kill before work, but not enough to come back home, so I went to see “Gravity”. I enjoyed it. Definitely some deep stuff there – not your “I want to just go and feel good” kind of thing.

Work was ok last night. If late – I really don’t like the closing shifts on weekends because the trains are so spotty. Somehow though I managed to hit all my trains just right so it didn’t take forever.

Church today was great. I had the evening off, so I decided to go and try a lottery. I really wanted Wicked, but I opted to walk and it would have been tight getting there, so I tried Matilda. Lost. Of course. Even with only one ticket left, the guy deciding he didn’t want it, and a long drawn out redraw for that ticket where a lot of people had taken off. So I went to see “Carrie”. It was good.And I’ve been home since.

Not that a preview for it was before either of those movies, but we’re getting lots of information about “Frozen” at the store, and I cannot wait for it to come out!! Definitely what I’m planning to do on Black Friday morning!! The songs I’ve heard clips of are good (even if they didn’t just let Idina do the single version of “Let It Go”) – though it’s going to be weird knowing that it’s a Disney animated movie with no Alan Menken music! What’s up with that?? Based on the character description for Elsa and the song (“Let It Go” is Elsa’s), I very strongly suspect that Elsa is going to be my definitive answer to “what Disney character are you most like”. I also think that as “Brave” was for mothers and daughters, “Frozen” will be for sisters. Just some of the lyrics…

“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation
and it looks like I’m the queen

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I’ve tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always had to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway”

Yep. That’s me. (And this is where I miss livejournal and its ability to lock posts to certain groups and/or people as that’s about all I can say for now.) About as much as the “What Golden Girl Are You” quiz pegged me as Rose. Duh!

So… I think that’s about it. Hope all my loyal readers are doing well!

Training continues (and other things)…

Training continues to go pretty well. I’m still going to PT for the plantar fasciitis – and now we’re working on massaging my posterior tibialis as it’s tight and seems to be the underlying cause of the PF (though it can also be the other way around…a bit of a chicken and egg thing). But it’s going well.

The past couple of days have been interesting in the apartment. For some reason (I’m still unclear as to why), they had to cut a hole in the wall between my apartment and the apartment behind me

and move the refrigerator and oven to the basement for the night. That part really confuses me as there was nothing done to the walls in the kitchen, so I honestly have no clue. Because they weren’t done by the time they had to leave yesterday, they put a door with a lock where the hole was

until they got here today and finished up whatever needed to be done. Supposedly an insurance guy was to be here this morning, but I was out on a run, so I have no clue. My only guess is something to do with wiring? That’s the only thing I can think that would require getting into the wall and moving the fridge and oven (assuming those are on the same power line if that’s what was going on).

Fridge and oven are back in place and the only casualty seems to be one cooked buffalo patty that has gone missing. I know one is missing because I cooked THREE yesterday. Ate one yesterday and put two in the fridge. Only one was in there today when I got home from running around Manhattan. It was very interesting to see where they had put the stuff that was on top of the fridge (cookies, cocoa-hazelnut butter packets, granola cereal, and A CAN OF SOUP were put IN THE FREEZER!?!?!?) – so who knows. Not a huge deal (other than that buffalo is rather expensive), but interesting that THAT is what was missing. I’m really glad that everything that was ON the fridge is still there as it includes the magnet Kara Goucher autographed for me AND my Disney comp tickets. But all those are accounted for.

After my run around (and around and around) the reservoir in Central Park, I came home and got a shower and saw a little of whatever was going on, then headed into Manhattan. I mainly wanted to hit Adventure SCUBA to talk with them about snorkeling lessons. When I go on my cruise in February, I’ll have some onboard credit and think I want to do an excursion. There’s one in Nassau that’s a catamaran sail and snorkel – and while I’ve asked and learned that you can do it and simply swim or just hang out on the catamaran, I’d like to try snorkeling if I can do it. And this place offers lessons – and if I can do it and like it, I get a discount on any equipment. I just have to call them and set up a Tuesday or Thursday evening and they’ll set me up with an instructor and some rental equipment for the lesson. 🙂 Yay!!

I decided to hang out in the city and try the lottery for Matlida but that left a bit of time. So I headed to a movie theatre to see what was there. I ended up seeing The Spectacular Now, which was actually pretty good (and saw previews for some movies I definitely want to check out!). Lost the lottery for the show tonight, but M and I have decided that we will try again next week. One nice thing they’re doing is keeping a list of the winners of tickets for the past 30 days, and you can only win once every 30 days! Doesn’t necessarily help with tourists trying the lottery, but at least it would eliminate some locals.

Oh, and in what may be a bit of insanity (but will be REALLY fun I know), I seem to have agreed to run a marathon with Jennifer Graham (author of Honey, Do You Need A Ride? which is only like my favorite running book!!) on her blog Endie Runners. And not just any marathon – Boston. I did give her the caveat that I’ll need to save up for the charity entry, so it’ll be a couple of years… But I’m just putting it out there now…I’ll be doing fundraising again sometime in the future. 🙂

So… That’s about it for now. I really do promise to try to get back to coherent, one-topic entries soon. But this is how life feels about now – all scattered!

Peace and running!