Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 ★★★½

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Wonder Woman is very much two different characters in the comics, and I believe both films have represented that. First we have the darker and more action-packed version of the character, and then we have a bit of a lighter tone with cheesy elements throughout. 1984 is unlike any other comic book movie from the previous few years because it leans so heavily into the cheese of certain comic book stories. This could have went terribly wrong (and for some I see it did), but I truly believe Patty Jenkins balanced many of these elements quite well. Did it work as well as the first? That is debatable, but it absolutely swings for e fences. The word you continue to see is ambitious, and that is for good reason. In this film, we to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. Cheetah is one of my absolute favorites from the comics, and while she is essentially here to give Wonder Woman someone to fight, Kristen Wiig does a nice job. We needed a comedic personality to capture that awkwardness at the beginning.

The best villain was Pedro Pascal’s Max, as he was given a nice bit of depth at the beginning. We slowly forget to flesh him out anymore, and he is used more-so for the sake of the plot, but there is enough at the start to care about him. This film deals with how far we are willing to go to have it all, the power of addiction (in this case, wanting more and more), and whether we are willing to do what it takes to “save the day.” Wonder Woman is faced with hardships throughout, but it is nice to see this tough decision-making being a focal point from the writers. It allows Gal to show off emotionally in the second and third acts. The first act does start off a bit rough, as there is a scene in a mall that was a bit too far on the cheesy side. We also have so many subplots to fit in, which means the focus keeps shifting every few minutes. This causes me to throw out a word like “messy” when speaking about the first act, and that is not a good sign. The film is also way too long, as certain scenes needed trimming.

The sequel (as a whole) is a tad disappointing, but does that make it bad? I will be in the camp of those that had a good time with it. The main accomplishment is how it shoots for a beautiful message at the end. This sense of hope, wonder (pun intended), and inspiration is not something we often see. We used to see it in a film like Superman, but it was nice to see that tone return in a year like this. We also get the quirkiness of an 80’s film, which feels off at the start, but it makes a lot of sense given the time period of the plot. Does this film feel consistent with the rest of the DCEU? The answer is a resounding no, as we get a few moments that make for a lack of continuity. That is fine, but it will bother many long-time fans of the universe. The overall product is fun, and it also somewhat transfers that fish out of water storyline to Steve this time around. His inclusion added quite a bit honestly. Is it a flawed film? Absolutely, and there is no denying that, but what works well allows it to thrive at times.

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