Movie Review: Wonder Woman: 1984

January 10th, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

PG-13 | | ActionAdventureFantasy | 25 December 2020 (USA)
 
5.5/10
123,120
 
Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing.
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Director:

 Patty Jenkins

Writers:

 Patty Jenkins (story by), Geoff Johns (story by) | 4 more credits »

 

Initial Thoughts:

I loved the first "Wonder Woman" movie from 2017. I saw the movie when my dad was dying in hospital and it helped put me in a better mood for a few hours. I even went and saw it again in theatres in December of 2020 (as we didn't get many new titles this year) and loved it again. Suffice to say despite the negative reviews, I knew I would be seeing this. I will add, however, that I did decide to stream it (legally from Cineplex) at home, rather than spend the extra money to see it in theatres (I'm glad I did!).

Main Points:

Gal Gadot is an excellent Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. She tries so hard in this movie but the writing just lets her down, still, her performance for me makes this movie a little more watchable/better than it would be without her.

I don't know what is going on with DC movies, they have some great ones, lots of mediocre and sadly a majority of their movies are just terrible. Why I'm not sure if this is a terrible one, it is certainly at the lower end of the mediocre and was a big disappointment for me.

Enough negative for now, I enjoyed the beginning a lot with young Diana (or I should say I'm spoiling the movie, stop now if you want) and there were other cool moments like the invisible plane (which made a lot more sense here than it ever did in the comics), the fight scenes were all really good, some nice light/funny moments and of course her new armour was excellent. 

Kristen Wig is pretty good as Cheetah, I don't know who Pedro Pascal was playing but it's not the Maxwell Lord from the comics I know, he was terrible for most of the movie. Diana's use of her whip and tiara is a lot of fun and I thought they did a nice job both making fun of the 80s and showing how it had cool stuff/fun things.

Aside from a crummy story, the biggest issue is time, the movie is way too long at 2.5 hours and there are several spots where it drags. The special effects, however, were good and it did have some fun/exciting scenes.

Final Thoughts:

In non-pandemic times this movie would be considered a flop but with most movie theatres closed it is a success. I will watch WWIII but they have to let someone else write it or at least someone else approve the story. Stay right to the end for a nice end credit scene (that did surprise me a little). Please don't let young kids watch this, ages 13+. I think this movie will be important for at least one reason, the rise of legal streaming services. With a bigger TV (LG 65" Smart) I will be streaming more movies at home for at least the next 8-9 months. Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2021 is a better one for us all. I will give this a weak 6 out of 10 and would only recommend this to the most hardcore WW/Gal Gadot fans, save yourself some money and steam it if you can.