After Batman v Superman (2016), Justice League (2017), and Wonder Woman (2020) I remember saying to a friend that WB/DC needs to hitch their wagon to Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was an absolute star and the crown jewel of the DC extended universe. I was very excited to see her once again play the role in Wonder Woman 1984.
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The Movie Review
This was supposed to be one of the big movies of 2020, but due to Covid-19, it was put back, and then it was released via streaming along with a limited theatrical run too. This time Patty Jenkins (of whom I am a fan) also had a hand in the writing of the script as well as the directing of the movie.
The movie as the title suggests is set during the 1980s. Diana is trying to live a “normal” life all the while being a superhero when she is needed. I know some people did not like her “pining” after Steve Trevor, but I thought the way they made her human alongside being a hero was pretty cool actually.
The movie has some great flashback scenes on Themyscira which I really enjoyed. I hope that we can see more of Themyscira in the DC EU at some point. The action scenes that are here are very well done, but I just wish there was more of them. She never feels quite as badass as she did in the last Wonder Woman movie.
She gets to kick the butt of a bunch of cannon fodder bad guys, but this movie has two main villains. We have Pedro Pascal playing Max Lord who gets a hold of The Dreamstone which gives him epic powers and the ability to get anything he desires and grant wishes. In this regard, I was surprised at how much “magic” as in this movie, but I did not hate it.
The other main villain in the movie was one that I was excited to see the moment it was cast. Kristen Wiig plays Cheetah (Barbara) who starts out as a friend to Diana before she is corrupted by Max. Seeing Cheetah and Wonder Woman go at it was awesome stuff, but it lacked some of the spectacle that other comic book movies had had in their big fights.
The other big star in the movie is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and this was one part of the movie I could have done without. I know missing Steve is a huge part of Diana’s story, but the way he is brought back just felt so strange and it was probably the part of the movie I disliked the most. I get having her miss him, but I feel they could have done it way better.
The Bottom Line
Overall, Wonder Woman 84 is not a bad movie, but it is not a great one either. I would certainly say that the first Wonder Woman is a much better movie than this one is. It is still worth a watch, but I do hope that the third movie is going to be more in line with what we got in the original Wonder Woman than this one.