A bio-drama, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and the two women in his life. Martson, a Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee -- as the creator of the Wonder Woman character, was also the inventor of the lie-detector prototype, and a writer of self-help books. The film was written and directed by Angela Robinson. It stars Luke Evans as Marston, Rebecca Hall, Olive Byrne, JJ Feild, Oliver Platt, and Connie Britton.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women starts with high-energy. It is quite engaging and entertaining through its first half. However, somewhere past that half point, the film loses steam, dragging on and on. While fascinating as a story, the extent of creative freedom writer-director Robinson injects into the story, should declassify this film from “based on a true story,” to no more than “inspired by real events”. The movie has multiple historical inaccuracies, not the least of which is painting the character of Olive Byrne as a bi-sexual woman, who had a romantic relationship with both the professor and his wife. Marston’s descendants deny this vehemently, and claim the relationship between the real two women, was more like sisters sharing a man. I can only suspect a personal agenda by Robinson in writing that plotline into the story. While I have no issue whatsoever with promoting LGBT themes, I do not favor recruitment of people who passed away, by reinventing their character and calling it truth.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is not a film one must rush and see at cinemas. At most, it can provide mild entertainment and limited insight as an in-flight movie choice.