Wonder Woman 1984 gives fans a fully realized Wonder Woman we have been dying to see. I just wish the rest of the film lived up to the outstanding representation of Wonder Woman that Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot presents.
Wonder Woman 1984 (stylized as WW84) is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, based on a story by Johns and Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
Patty Jenkins said in the original WW film check took certain cues from director Richard Donner’s original Superman film. In WW84 she continues to pay homage by having Wonder Woman be the mysterious champion of the people in a montage of heroic feats. But then we introduced to Pascal’s Maxwell Lord and Wiig’s Barbara Minerva who the film makes you sympathize with almost too much. At times Diana seems like more of hindrance to Barbara than a friend. Maxwell Lord is also made to be overly sympathetic until he’s turned into a scene chewing over the top villain.
The plot of the film is best described as…dumb. A wishing rock that was in a jewelry store (inside a mall) back room is robbed until WW saves the day. The rock is then taken to Diana’s work which is a museum of antiquities where its discovered that the stone grants wishes. Yup, that’s the story in a nutshell. Maxwell wishes for unlimited power and Barbara wishes to be a sexy apex predator (which starts to drain the power of Diana.) When Diana wishes for Steve Trevor he comes back, but in the body of someone else and only Diana can see he is really Steve…
Yeah, like I said, dumb story and even weirder plot. The fact that Diana is just willing to jump into bed with a person who isn’t really Steve Trevor just seems….out of character. I mean, how hard up was Diana at this point in her life anyway? So moving on we get some nice nods to the fans, we learn about the original great Amazon warrior, Asteria, who is played OG Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, we see Wonder Woman use a cloaking power to make a jet Steve flies invisible, and finally, we get to see Wonder Woman fly which is a breathtaking scene. Wonder Woman never looked better on the screen. In this scene and the scene earlier with Steve and Diana in the jet, I wished I had been watching this in 3D IMAX and not just at home.
Cheetah, in her final form, looks okay. When she fights Diana, who is wearing the golden armor, the fight scene is one of the better superhero throwdowns in recent memory. The way Wonder Woman is able to defeat Maxwell Lord is interesting and doesn’t rely on a CGI smackdown as Wondy had with Ares in the first film. Still, though, I wish they would have made Maxwell Lord a real villain and not just a hard on his luck loser who realized what he really wanted was not power but the love of his son. How am I supposed to root against a single dad who loves his son?
So two subpar villains, a plot that doesn’t always make sense, and the most awesome Wonder Woman depiction on film yet, and we are left with a very uneven, yet enjoyable popcorn flick. I feel like this is a film that suffers from too many rewrites and studio notes, and not the singular Patty Jenkins vision that made the first film so great. Gadot and Pine still have very good chemistry but the fact that it really wasn’t Steve despite Diana’s wish just made her look desperate.
Bottom line, Wonder Woman 1984 is kind of uneven and a dumb popcorn flick. Still worth watching, but lacks the impact of the original Wonder Woman film. But be sure to stick around for the mid credits bonus scene which is pretty awesome for long time Wonder Woman fans. Mild Recommend for Wonder Woman 1984.