Three­some is su­per-pow­ered

‘Pro­fes­sor’ is a dis­arm­ing look at Won­der Wo­man’s kinky roots.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - JUSTIN CHANG FILM CRITIC

For a movie with no short­age of ropes, whips and naughty-nurse role play, the ac­tual mo­ment of con­sum­ma­tion in “Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women” is re­mark­ably tame.

Au­di­ences will rec­og­nize the vis­ual cues of the up­mar­ket Hol­ly­wood drama, the tra­di­tional pan­icky “sex scene! sex scene!” sig­ni­fiers. The cam­era, pre­vi­ously con­tent to re­gard the char­ac­ters from a con­sid­ered dis­tance, leans in for a few lurch­ing hand­held close-ups. Nina Si­mone’s “Feel­ing Good” floods the sound­track as half-clad bodies and the oc­ca­sional taste­fully bared nip­ple fill the screen.

The most no­table thing about it is that there are three in­ter­twined fig­ures rather than two, which writer-di­rec­tor An­gela Robin­son trusts will be rad­i­cal enough. She turns out to be right. One aim of this movie, a re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent kind of su­per­hero ori­gin story, is to present a tale of bo­hemian

Rated: R, for strong sex­ual con­tent in­clud­ing brief graphic im­ages, and lan­guage Run­ning time: 1 hour, 48 min­utes Play­ing: In gen­eral re­lease

Claire Folger Annapurna Pic­tures

EL­IZ­A­BETH Marston (Re­becca Hall), left, Wil­liam Marston (Luke Evans) and Olive (Bella Heathcote).

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