beatrice_otter: Wonder Woman--Black and White (Wonder Woman)
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It is an AWESOME movie.  Yes, there need to be more women of color.  Yes, the ending is ableist as shit.  But the rest of it is SO GREAT, HOLY COW YOU GUYS.

One thing that left me raising my eyebrows: that was a, uh, really Christianized version of Greek mythology.  Zeus as the father/creator/wise guy in the sky who loves humankind and wants what is best for them, instead of a really powerful dude who likes to party and bang as many hot chicks as he can find and occasionally toss around thunderbolts.  The whole idea of humans having been good and then tempted to sin and thus corrupted.  Ares as Satan/evil personified who needs to be destroyed for the good of humanity, instead of just a really powerful dude who likes to fight a lot.  Those are really, really, REALLY not authentic ancient Greek perspectives.  And it's not "Judeo-Christian" either, because from my understanding Jewish theology doesn't really have either Satan-as-a-personification-of-evil or humans-as-inherently-sinful/corrupted.

Now, as a Christian myself, I thought it was fine.  Except that it does play into the whole idea of Christian theology as the default religious system of the whole world, which then is why I have such trouble explaining to my parishioners that no, not everybody believes in sin/damnation/hell and salvation/heaven as a dualistic system into which everyone and everything fits.  Not that comparative religions comes up much, but it does come up occasionally, and it would be nice if they already had the idea that "not everybody understands the world the way we do."
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