I recently attended a showing of “Wonder Woman” exclusively for women and women-identifying viewers at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, New York. When the Alamo Drafthouse announced its female-only screenings in May, the theatre got backlash from men who were offended about the exclusion, as if they forgot that the 19th Amendment wasn’t ratified until 1920, among other things like the wage gap.
While there was a man in attendance who began to ruin the experience for me and those around me, the hurt feelings got lost once the movie started. We were in this together, and we all united over our shared excitement for this amazing female-led and -directed superhero movie that means so much to us for so many reasons.
I could feel the camaraderie throughout the entire film, and have never felt more connected to dozens of strangers before. Not even when I saw “The Fate of the Furious” in 4DX, during which I made memories that will last lifetimes.
Here’s what it was like to watch a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman”:
Warning: Mild spoilers for “Wonder Woman” below.
I didn't see anyone dressed up, but there was a 'Nasty Woman' T-shirt, and I saw a woman with a Wonder Woman koozie.
Since this screening was on a weeknight and more than a few days after the film's release, the hype to get dressed up for it wasn't there.
The host also asked the audience if we were excited for 'Justice League,' which got a faint applause followed by a much louder laugh.
When our host reminded us that all proceeds for the event went to Planned Parenthood, the audience gave what was probably the biggest applause of the night.
Baffleck, not so much.
For example, the audience laughed throughout a scene in which Steve Trevor (Chris Pine, the best Chris from now and until forever) is naked. I also heard several 'Oh my God's.
Another scene in which Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor discuss reproduction and pleasure on a boat got laughter so loud that we missed some dialogue. But that was ok, because Diana's lines deserved the reaction.
There was a lot of applause when Wonder Woman was kicking arse, and a lot of tears when sad things happened. Spoiler alert: Some sad things happen in this movie.
I only cried once when I overheard a little girl within earshot in my row say, 'It's me!' during the very first shot of the movie when we see a young Diana Prince.
I felt tears streaming down my face because I was so happy for her, and wished I had this movie when I was her age.
The audience gave one final cheer at the end of the movie, which got louder when director Patty Jenkins' name appeared in the end credits.
Some kind of souvenir would've been nice, just so I can have something to forever remember the most memorable movegoing experience I've ever had.
It was the best experience in a theatre because I felt like I had the freedom to feel without any judgment. No one made fun of anybody for crying during a superhero movie -- which has definitely happened to me before, and that's why I always try so hard to resist it.
It's an experience I'll never forget, and I hope Alamo does the female screenings for the next 'Wonder Woman' movie.
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