Title – Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Director – Patty Jenkins (Monster)
Cast – Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
Plot – It’s now the 1980’s and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gadot) is still trying to recover from the death of her first love Steve Trevor (Pine) as she stops petty crimes and works at the Smithsonian Museum. With the emergence of new colleague Barbara Minerva (Wiig) and wealthy oil tycoon Maxwell Lord (Pascal), Prince’s life is about to change for good.
“Nothing good is born from lies”
Review by Eddie on 06/01/2021
Lets not kid ourselves, 2017’s Wonder Woman was no cinematic classic but when compared to this second outing, the 2017 Gal Gadot starring and Patty Jenkin’s directed hit looks like the Citizen Kane of superhero films.
A surprisingly fun and inventive offering, the first WW came at the ideal time for the struggling DC cinematic universe and in turn launched its leading lady and director into the public eye in a big way, with many fans from across the globe keen to see where the adventures of Diana Prince would lead to next.
Ensuring that we all understand wishes shouldn’t always come true (a key theme to one of the films incredibly overwrought and cringe plot-lines), the return of the WW gang comes as one of the nastiest surprises of the 2020 release calendar as the first films charm and playfulness is replaced with a dreary, overlong and lifeless blockbuster that fails in almost every single way as it tries to recapture the lightning in a bottle vibe the original managed to harness.
It’s one of the biggest drop off’s in quality seen in a sequel in some years, gone is the charm of Gadot who appears to be laboring with the material she’s given, Jenkin’s is unable to capture any magic with set pieces or character beats and the films 80’s infused humor and throwbacks is nothing more than a waste of time, with one left wondering why on earth the film even needed to be set in the 80’s outside of the fact it was trying to piggyback off the era’s popularity in pop culture right at this moment.
From the instant we witness Prince swinging around a local mall in the films awkward opening stand you get a feeling something isn’t quite right in WW world but there remains hope things can only pick up from here on out but with a laborious 40 minute or so stretch that follows, that allocates far too much time to Kristin Wiig’s Barbara Minerva and the Raspberry Award seeking Pedro Pascal as oil tycoon Maxwell Lord (legitimately one of the worst comic book villains committed to celluloid with a performance that is all-time bad), you quickly begin to realize that 1984 has been doomed to fail.
If one were to waste their precious time or somehow manage to endure multiple screenings of this cringe-worthy affair there could be thousands of words written about the lameness that is to follow on in the wake of 1984’s mismanaged opening segments with countless plot holes and eye-rolling moments (fueled up museum planes, 4th of July fireworks, kids playing soccer on a highway etc etc) building and building until you’re willing the film to put and end to this whole shebang as its tigertastic final battle and preachy messages of love and kindness take hold around an overwrought final act, one that I’m sure its screenwriters were gleeful with as their life affirming messages found themselves proudly attached to one of recent memories worst finales.
Throughout the film you’re given moments that remind you that everything at one stage appeared to point to WW being a likeable and fun cinematic property, Gadot and the returning Chris Pine still share a good on screen chemistry even if their reunion is clouded in a seriously odd set of creepy circumstances and a throwback to the island of Prince’s youth is fun and over the top with Hans Zimmer’s typically intense score perfectly encapsulating proceedings but all you’re left with as the credits begin to roll is a feeling that WW may never properly recover from the misguided failings of this Xmas turkey.
Final Say –
There’s an incredible amount of things wrong with Wonder Woman 1984, a preachy, over the top and uninviting escapade that is far too long and self-confident for its own good. We may never know how things turned so bad from something originally so promising, as its now unlikely we will ever again see the Diana Prince and her adventures we all feel in love with back in 2017.
1 1/2 wishes out of 5