Sam Thompson’s review published on Letterboxd:
My first cinema experience: Finding Nemo (2003)
My first outdoor cinema experience: TRON: Legacy (2010)
My first drive-ins experience: Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
What a shame that my first time at the drive-ins I was watching a garbo movie that I didn't like.
This just feels like a shameless studio sequel with no heart behind it, especially in the following ways:
- Rehash 'fish out of water' plot from first film.
- Bring back a deceased character who worked well in the first.
- More than one weak villain.
- Cliché after cliché, and trope after trope because the script went no further than a first draft.
I actually really like the first Wonder Woman. I thought it was a big surprise full of great characterisation and awesome action. Patty Jenkins did an excellent job with that film. Unfortunately, the sequel is a colossal misfire. It honestly reminds me of films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's not on that level of disaster but it has a messy script that makes no sense and is overstuffed with villains that aren't done right.
Looking back at 2 and a half hours, I really don't know where it all went. I liked the opening and maybe two action scenes throughout the film but aside from that it has an incredibly slow and boring second act that grinded the film to a halt. There also felt like there were no stakes as well because aspects of the story were just handled awfully.
With regards to Steve Trevor coming back, I don't mind it if it serves a purpose and is done well. His presence serves some notion of purpose and assitance to Diana's arc but the way they handle most of his screentime is fricking weird. I won't spoil it but the way he comes back is just confusing and so utterly stupid. There are two villains in WW84 and they are done pretty terribly. They are where most of the tropes lie in the film as we've seen these people done a thousand times before with their bloody stupid motivations. The film spends a lot of time with them in an attempt to flesh them out but you just do not care in the slightest because it is devoid of nuance. Their dialogue feels like its the first thing the writers thought of and is actually so awfully cringe that you feel like you are watching a cheesy saturday cartoon.
I could talk in mad detail how bad this script is. I could go on with examples like how all of a sudden its 4th of July so we get a cool fireworks scene and then all of a sudden it's Christmas at the end and I feel like I'm literally watching a cheesy Hallmark film. For my sanity though I think I'll end it here.
WW84 was a gargantuan let down. I honestly thought we were past superhero films of this kind. It feels so early 2000's...ewghh.