J: Hi! C: Hello! J: So, exciting, exciting! J: We are tomorrow going to the Lake District. C: My second time, ever! C: First time was not so successful! J: No. J: Maybe you’ll find out about that in the video. J: Maybe you won’t. J: But I went to the Lake District every single school holiday when I was a little kid, and I absolutely love it and I’m really excited to show you round all my favourite places. C: I’m excited as well. J: It’s like you’re really part of the family now! C: I love, like, outdoors and walking and really excited–we’re taking the dogs. C: We’re taking the cameras, obviously, and it’s like the perfect opportunity to use the GoPro C: I’m going to strap it to my rucksack strap and show you my walk J: All the accessories will be with us, yes. C: Which will mostly probably be Jessica going, “I can’t do any more!” And I’ll be like, “We’ve walked like ten feet from the house.” J: The realities of life with a disabled person. C: I might have to join some walking groups. [?] J: So you can just find someone else to walk with. C: Yeah! C: I dunno, though; this time I won’t, but in the future. J: Tear! C: Maybe. J: Aw. C: Aww. J: Since we’re going away, we’ve been preparing for that. This week, I’m going to put up some BSL videos, which are coming tomorrow and on Saturday but we thought that today, because we have just been to see Wonder Woman. (Wonder Woman!) So, in ten minutes we are going to discuss and review the film what we think, and we’re going to rate it, which we may or may not have forgotten [?] C: Are we going to do that thing that your mum always asks us to do? C: Like, “Can you actually tell us what the film is about? The synopsis, please?” J: That will be included, OK! C: That was a bad impression of your mum. J: And…go! J: Do a better impression of my mum. [Posher voice] C: “So, what is this Wonder Woman film about?” J: “But why? But what? But…what?” J: But who’s doing this? C: Have you started the timer? J: Yeah. Sorry. J: This isn’t about my mum. C: No one wants to know about your mum. C: Apart from maybe your mum. J: That’s really harsh; my mum watches this. C: Yeah, I know. J: Hi, Mum. J: Hope you’re OK. J: So, Wonder Woman! J: I’m a bit of a comic book geek. Nerd. Gonna say. J: I love me some comic books. J: But I’m a Marvel girl. C: Yeah. J: I am, I’m a Marvel girl, and Wonder Woman is DC J: DC are trying to build their own cinematic universe, because obviously Marvel have theirs with The Avengers. C: Jessica. J: What? I’m explaining the film! C: I know this is all very interesting, but it was like, “What is the synopsis of the film?” C: “Well, Marvel and DC…” – It’s like that’s far too complicated for people if they don’t know. J: So, Wonder Woman the specific film had the origins of Wonder Woman; how she came to be part of our “world,” supposedly, in the Justice League. J: That OK? C: Yep. J: Now you do the synopsis of the film. C: Wonder Woman is a film about the superhero Wonder Woman, who is a character from the DC comic books and this particularly film [is] obviously all about her. It’s about how she came to be in our world. C: That’s pretty much what you said, but kind of like in a nutshell. J: Oh, good. J: Thanks for that. C: No, but it’s good, though, because before I saw this film, I thought Wonder Woman was kind of a knock-off Superman. C: I thought she was from a different planet, like Superman was. J: You thought she was like Supergirl. C: Oh, is there a Supergirl? J: Yeah, yeah, yeah! J: There was Supergirl. I had a massive crush on her. C: It’s pretty bad of me, because I’ve actually got Wonder Woman knickers. C: Not on me right now, but I have got some, haven’t I? J: I love them. C: And I didn’t even know anything about her. C: And she was next to me really intimately. J: Yeah! J: Yeah! You two have been sharing some special times. C: Because Wonder Woman, actually, she is an Amazonian. J: Mmhm. C: And they were put onto Earth to basically make man remember love and beauty. J: Yes. C: And that’s why they took on the form of these strong, independent women because that represents love and beauty and positivity and Mother Nature and all that. J: And men are for procreation, not for pleasure. C: Yeah. J: Although the film brushes over that. C: Except, in the film, they totally just, like–I came out and the first thing I said to Jessica was, “You wouldn’t have that kind of like chick flick-y element if it was a Marvel film.” C: Like, this was very…heteronormative. J: Yep. C: Despite the fact it was about Wonder Woman, who’s meant to be this warrior princess. J: This is why I mentioned Marvel at the start. C: Not even a warrior princess – she’s a god. J: Yeah. J: Spoiler. J: She’s a god! C: I knew that from the beginning. That’s another thing about this DC film. J: You’re not supposed– C: It’s like, “She must not know who she is!” J: And you’re like, “What? Zeus’ daughter?” C: And she’s like, “I want to see the – ” What’s the…? J: The God Killer? C: “I want to see the God Killer.” And her mother’s like, “…You will.” C: And it’s like, “Well it’s clearly her!” C: Now you gave it away! J: Yeah, there’s a bit of a Harry Potter-esque element to this. C: A little bit of me, though, was–I thought maybe Ares was going to be the father. J: Ohhhh. C: At one point, until she said, “Yeah, my mother told me that she made me out of clay and then Zeus formed me into a human.” I was like, “Oh, no, Zeus was the father.” J: So… C: But then I did think maybe Zeus and her mother had had, you know, the thing. C: Had had the times. J: Yeah. Yeah, they did – they had the sex. C: Oh, they did? Oh, OK. J: Yeah, yeah. J: She had children with various… C: So she wasn’t made out of clay? J: No… C: No, I knew she wasn’t made out of clay. C: But I wasn’t sure if he just sent her… J: And can we just… C: Who’s Ares made with, then? Zeus and who? J: Oh, I want to say [mumbles] Hera? C: Venus. J No, Venus is his daughter. C: He’s got a lot of daughters, this man! J: To be fair, it’s very incestuous; we’re going to be here a while if we start talking about this. C: The thing is, they make it seem like Zeus is like the main god who’s like the good god J: Yes. C: There’s very much good and bad. But, actually, you can kind of see – J: He kills his children a lot, though. C: – yeah, you can kind of see Ares’ point. Like, Ares is like–he basically made an image of himself –made man in the image of himself so that he could rule this world with lots of little hims. C: It’s very egotistical. J: Yeah, and then they all start fighting each other. What does that say about you? C: And also, why do his children–if Ares has so much anger, but he’s not actually angry; he just wants peace and wants the world to be restored to this–like, to be honest, I’m kind of with Ares a lot of it. C: I get his point. J: And sadly we’re not gods, so we would be dead in Ares’ Utopian idea. J: But, yeah, it’s very nice; the gods can all live on Earth. C: Who wants Utopia? And actually… J: The trees would be green. Grass everywhere. C: Anyway, we digress. J: Yes, we’ve very much digressed. J: OK, so…I love that this is the highest-grossing film from a female director, ever. J: I think that’s wonderful. J: I went into this like, “Yes! Female superheroes. Yes! That is my thing. Yes, be my director! Yes!” C: And it opened up really promising, really. J: Yeah, I felt really like, “Oh, this is going to be so good.” C: Yeah, it was like scantily clad muscular woman bouncing around all over the place. C: I was like… J: Yeah! J: But I don’t–I didn’t…I didn’t love it. C: No. J: I wanted to. I didn’t feel rushes of emotion. J: I wanted to care for Diana, but… C: The times where there was meant to be the comedy element, I was just like… J: So flat. C: I know we went to see the 11 o’clock showing, which was pretty empty but everyone was just like… C: Like, it was not funny. J: There was no titter. C: And then the romantic bits were just like, “Ah you could’ve just left that scene out.” C: It was just so irrelevant. J: And she’s too naive. C: Yeah, exactly. J: This is the issue with her. She’s too…naive, to the point that it feels really awkward for a human male, who is an adult, to be putting moves on her. J: Because I’m a bit like… C: I don’t know about that, but – J: It made me feel awkward. C – it was still that kind of element of– em, the main guy (what’s the word?) C: protagonist man J: Yeah. C: he was still one-upping her, even though he had been rescued by her and he’d seen that she was from this magical place. J: She can take care of herself. C: She was a princess, and also she’s basically said that she’s going to fight a god. J: Yeah. C: He’s still like, “Aw, let me show you how to dance.” J: She spends so much time being told things by men. C: Yeah. J: And told how to do things. C: And he was covering over her, and trying to protect her from No Man’s Land. J: And it’s like, “She’s fine. She can get hit in the face with some glass.” “She’ll just brush it off.” C: I mean, I think the film tried to show an element of ‘that was his instinct’ and then slowly he became– he realised that she could defend herself. J: At no point did that happen. C: But it’s like it took him a very long time to realise she could defend herself to be honest, didn’t it? J: Yeah, but… C: Seeing that they nearly got beat up in the street, with the Germans, and then she was like [attack noise] and he’s like, “OK, you got that.” And then he was still covering her in No Man’s Land. It’s like, “Do you not remember…?” J: And trying to brush her out the way, like, “Oh, it’s fine. She doesn’t know what she’s saying.” J: Really?! C: Yeah! J: I wanted this to be an origin story where she really took control. J: And, yes, she starts as a child; she’s unsure. And then she comes into the human world; she doesn’t really know what’s going on, but then she should start developing as a person and I didn’t feel that happened. C: Yeah, other than her make-up improved suddenly. C: Suddenly she was like–when she was a girl, in the Amazonian – whatever it was called – Mystique, or whatever it was called. J: Yeah, yeah. C: Magique… Mananique… J: You mean the place she lived? C: Yeah. J: Ah… thera… C: No. Sounds like a word that’s like…hidden. J: Pretty sure it begins with a T, but… C: Anyway. C: Em… can’t remember where I was going now. C: Yeah! She didn’t have any make-up on or anything. J: Yes. C: But she was still naturally pretty and she had her hair – J: She’s still Gal Gadot anyway, so we’re like… C: She always had her hair tied up. C: And then suddenly she goes to where men are, and she’s suddenly got–there’s boob and, like, you know… C: She’s definitely got her hair – J: She’s got a wonderbra. C: Her hair’s been suddenly done; she’s suddenly got all her make-up, and all the men are like [gormless sound] J: Yeah. I wanted a bit more of the outfit. J: Like, suddenly she’s wearing her Wonder Woman outfit. C: No, that was–she went and got it out from like, y’know, where she got the sword and stuff. J: But I wanted more reasoning behind it. Like, in the original Wonder Woman she doesn’t wear a skirt because a skirt is impractical. No Amazon wore a skirt. C: She doesn’t wear a skirt in this; it’s kind of like a one piece, with a flappy bit. J: Did she need the flappy bit? J: No. C: Oh, I see what you mean. They’re like trying to actually… J: They’re trying to, like, girly her up, is what I felt. C: Yeah. Well, it’s disappointing, then, seeing as it’s a female director. J: I feel like that probably was not her fault. C: Maybe they were like… J: I feel that the studio more probably… C: Yeah. And even–oh, yeah, that other bit, which annoyed me a little bit, when the protagonist guy is just like… he still gets the kind of glory, because he’s like self-sacrificing. He’s like, “I’ll save today, but you can save the world.” And it’s like, why can’t you just have like– there wasn’t once a speech where he was like, “Actually, you’re amazing and like…” J: “I’ve realised that you are more important to the world than me.” C: Yeah, “You’re more important than me.” J: “I am therefore going to sacrifice myself for you, because you’re awesome.” J: It was just like, “I’m taking the glory! Byee!” C: And then did the whole silent thing, like, “I couldn’t hear what you said, because I’m a damsel in distress!” C: I was like, “You’re a fucking god!” Like, you wouldn’t have been–why are your ears…? J: “Your eardrums will not have a problem right now!” C: Yeah, exactly. C: It was like, and then suddenly… J: You get shot and then you’re like, “Oh…” J: “Brush that off.” C: Yeah, and the shield thing–it’s like a round shield, and yeah, you can duck like that, so you hide your head but she’s wearing, like–she’s got really long legs. How are her legs not hit? C: And you’re like, “Oh, she’s got shin protectors.” I was like, “Well…” J: Her boots do protect her up to her thigh. C: No, they don’t! They’re only up to her knees the shin things. J: They cover her thigh. J: like her knee, I mean. C: Well… it’s unrealistic. J: I feel sad. J: I wanted to love it. J: Although–oh, the timer’s done. C: Aww. C: So basically we didn’t–we didn’t like it as much as we thought we would. C: We feel let down by–I don’t think young girls would watch Wonder Woman and be like, “I wanna BE Wonder Woman.” J: I didn’t feel very empowered. C: Yeah, I didn’t feel like I wanted to be Wonder Woman. C: I felt like she was a bit of a div, to be honest. J: She’s such a div. C: You know like and she’s very black and white, like, “No, this is right! This is wrong!” J: But I think that’s DC for you. C: Yeah. J: In Marvel, they’re like, “Yeah, we’re going to save the day because that’s what we as people have decided to do.” C: Yeah, they weren’t complex characters enough for us. It was just too black and white. C: It was too ‘evil and good,’ even though she says, “Oh, everyone’s got a little bit of good and everyone’s got a little bit of bad.” It was like, “Yeah, but you just added that in as an after-thought because you realised your whole storyline’s been too flat.” J: Yeah. C: And two dimensional. J: I’m really genuinely sad that I didn’t love it. C: It’s all right. Isn’t there a Marvel film coming out soon? J: Always. C: We love you, Sandy. [?] J: And X-Men. C: Is that right? C: Sandy? J: I love you. J: I’m so proud of you right now. C: I don’t really love you, Sandy, but… C: I really like Guardians of the Galaxy. See, that was more like…equality. J: Yeah. C: I think. J: That is true. C: And both the women and the men are funny. J: And women talking to other women about things that are not men! C: Yeah. J: And they’re like, “We are both women who have been set against each other by a man. This is wrong.” “Let’s work together.” C: I’m trying to think of a conversation in Wonder Woman where, on the island that’s just purely women, they talk about anything that’s not actually got men at the root of the conversation, and actually there’s not really, because they talk about the men coming to fight; there’s people coming to fight them. J: Talk about Zeus. C: Talk about Ares. J: “Don’t train my daughter to fight.” J: “The men will come.” J: Yeah, no. C: It’s still all about men. Even on the island OF women. J: Aww. J: Maybe that’s what crushed my soul. J: That and the lack of acknowledgement for the lesbians. C: Yeah! C: Apart from that one bit where her aunt gets killed and then someone runs over, “Noo!” J: And then her LOVER…is like, “Nooo!” C The only thing that implies she– J: That’s all she got! C: The only thing that implies that she was her lover was there’s one scene where she’s standing slightly behind her like, “…” Like, “I’m, like, slightly attached to you.” C: And then when you die – you’re the aunt – I’m like, “Noo!” But then they totally cut off from that. J: But then her “No” was given equal status to her sister’s “No” and her niece’s “No” but yet that’s it! C: But they don’t have a shot of her going, “…” J: There’s no close-up! C: No. J: “Who cares? She’s gone.” J: Pfft. J: Sad. C: Maybe we’re a bit bias because we’re…we wanted it to be more gay. J: I really wanted it to be more gay. C: No, we were the only girls in the cinema, actually. J: Yeah. C: Everyone else was, like, weird nerdy men. C: To be fair, it was an 11 AM showing, as I said, but… J: Let’s make this video gay. J: See, now it’s gay. J: Love it. J: Right, so, enjoy some BSL videos, and we’ve got some really cool stuff coming next week and then the week after that is the Lake District. C: Yeah! We’re so excited.