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Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:02

'Professor Marston & the Wonder Women' Review: Who Wants a Kinky Superhero Biopic?

Written by  Peter Travers

Hold off on revisiting or streaming the summer's monster hit, Wonder Woman, until you lay eyes on this stranger-and kinkier-than-fiction look at the man who created the world's most famous female superhero.

That would be Harvard-educated William Moulton Marston (Beauty and the Beast's Luke Evans), a psychology professor at Radcliffe with a wife, Elizabeth Holloway (Rebecca Hall), who's more than his intellectual equal. She shares his not entirely scientific taste for dominance and submission, and the prof, frustrated by drag-ass 1920's protocols, is eager to experiment further. The catalyst is Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), one of Marston's students in his all-female class. She volunteers as a researcher and willing participant in his project on sexuality. His wife is fine with it, except for one caveat she issues to their new friend: "Don't fuck my husband."

Actually, Olive is more attracted to Elizabeth, whose radical beliefs in psychology and desire are an inspiration to the co-ed's burgeoning feminism. (The young woman's aunt is birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger.) Not that the professor doesn't exert the hunk factor. Soon, the trio is shacking up in a polyamorous relationship that exudes enough heat to singe the screen. Writer-director Angela Robinson (The L Word, True Blood) jumps into this free-for-all with an intellectual and hot-blooded vigor to match her subjects' keen interest in carnal knowledge.

Read more at RollingStone

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