‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Review

Wonder Woman 1984 is the new DC movie out, and after the many delays were it worth the wait? Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins, was both a fun movie and lovable, but it does have its flaws.

The film is a standalone sequel that takes place after Wonder Woman. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is now living amongst the humans in the 80s and has become a senior anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute specializing in the culture of ancient Mediterranean civilizations while saving civilians while being incognito. Diana has to come out and save the day from Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), who are changing the world using the dreamstone. 

I enjoyed the story. There were many moments where I smiled and even had my heartstrings pulled a bit. The moments between Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Diana Prince were so goofy and heartbreaking and loved every moment of it. When Diana got inspired to learn how to fly because of her love for Steve was such a good scene, and my favorite moment in the film overall. I think it was silly that Steve Trevor was in the body of a random guy and not in his own body when brought back. Now think about it, Diana is enjoying the body of another stranger without thinking about it too much, like what about the stranger’s life? Was he…bigger…than the actual Steve? There were so many questions that went through my head that made me laugh, but it honestly didn’t bother me too much.

Maxwell Lord was a good villain and enjoyed how obsessed he was trying to obtain power. The film shows a lot of Maxell Lord using the powers he got from the dreamstone, which I thought were fun moments to watch. Pedro Pascal knocked it out of the park playing the character because he played him so charismatically and enjoyed every moment of him on screen. The only problem I did have with Maxell Lord, as much as I enjoyed the character, there was a bit too much of him to the point it felt like I was watching his film than I am watching a Wonder Woman film. Some of the scenes with Maxell Lord should have been cut down a bit to make the film feel tighter, but that’s me only nitpick with him in the film. Now, Barbara Minerva, I have a problem with.

Barbara Minerva, aka Cheetah, is one of Wonder Woman’s greatest villains and felt like the film did her no justice. Don’t get me wrong, Kristen Wiig did a great job playing the character, but it was a watered-down version of a character that is loved by fans. How many times we gotta see the “geek become a villain” troupe? We see the transformation of the character throughout the film, but for her to turn into a villain in the third act was a bad move. Maxell Well outshined her every-way possible, and they should have given Cheetah a whole separate film to be a villain. It was a waste to have Cheetah in this film.

The visuals were good, but not perfect. I love the flying scene in the invisible jet, when Wonder Woman started to learn how to fly, the lasso of truth in action, and more. The only time where the scenes felt off was when Diana was running before she jumps to fly and the battle with Cheetah at the end of the film. The CGI didn’t ruin my experience, but it was noticeable for me in some moments.

If you’re expecting a lot of action in this film, don’t. The action in the film is shown a little bit in the beginning, middle, and end. When Wonder Woman goes full badass amazonian, it’s awesome to watch. I didn’t have any problems with the lack of action in the film. If there was one action scene that I didn’t enjoy, it was the fight with Cheetah, which could have been handled better.

Wonder Woman 1984 was enjoyable and worth the watch. If you’re into Richard Donner’s Superman or Joel Schumacher’s Batman, then this movie is for you. The film did have problems, but I will say it’s one of my favorite DCEU films. If the film cut out some of the fluff in the film and written Cheetah better, then I probably would have loved the film more than Wonder Woman. I’m curious what the third film will be about because I’m ready for more Wonder Woman.

7.5 out of 10

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