Title: Wonder Woman 1984.
Director: Patty Jenkins.
Story: Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns.
Screenplay: Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns & Dave Callaham.
Release Date: 2020.
Runtime: 151 min.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kriten Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and many more!
Box office: $132,100,000.
My Overall Rating:
Following the note-worthy success of Wonder Woman (2017), it was only a matter of time before actress Gal Godot returned to play the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, Diana Prince. While the current situation of the DC Extended Universe (or Worlds of DC) remains shaky and mysterious, it didn’t stop director Patty Jenkins to explore another chapter of Wonder Woman’s life as the hero continues to grow into her inspiring role and later join the Justice League to stop alien threats from invading their planet. While she has lost a lot during World War I, she has also learned valuable lessons about love that pushes her to continue her valiant vigil over mortals. However, in the 80s, she emerges once again from the shadows and makes more sacrifices for humanity that will allow her to understand the importance of honesty and truth in a world brimming with greed, hate, and violence.
What is Wonder Woman 1984 about? In 1984, Diana Prince (Gal Godot) is alone in the world, secretly fighting crime as Wonder Woman, trying her best to avoid the public’s attention, while also working at the Smithsonian Institution. This is where she meets Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig), a klutz and socially-awkward new employee hired as a geologist and crypto-zoologist. While their friendship grows, Barbara finds herself mandated by the FBI to identify stolen antiquities. One item draws their attention in particular as it happens to promise the holder that one of their wishes can be granted. Thus enters Maxwell Lorenzano (Pedro Pascal), a failed businessman dreaming of extreme wealth who has been plotting his rise to godhood through this artifact. Unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready for what he was going to bring upon them.
If the premise for this sequel wasn’t already a hint at the upcoming mess this was going to turn out to be, the final product is sure to convince many that director Patty Jenkins just didn’t have it this time around. The narrative at the heart of this sequel that remains relatively self-contained in its own Wonder Woman lore is built upon some of the most illogical grounds that a superhero movie could ever be built upon. It doesn’t even ask the viewer to suspend disbelief for a second, it demands them to embrace the irrational, unethical, stereotypical, and impossible for a solid 151 minutes. Sporadically saved (or at least, attempted to save) by the over-the-top performance by Pedro Pascal’s performance, the movie is an incohesive and far-fetched journey filled with ludicrous behaviours and motivations.
On top of the extremely poor characterization offered for every single character, and some truly questionable and unethical sequences pertaining to Wonder Woman’s love interest, the movie is further dumbed down by an uninspiring portrayal of the 80s, from the dullness of what should have been a colourful, splashy, and vibrant era, to the poor costume designs, at one point even mocked at with a humourous jab in the form of a photo shoot. The score composed by Hans Zimmer (previously by Rupert Gregson-Williams) is also poorly utilized, never properly capturing any of the epic scenes that were so poignant in the first movie. If anything, the entire adventure, one that should’ve had friendship as the driving force of the story, was overshadowed and diluted in a repetitive and unoriginal love story that completely loses its focus as it attempts to ridiculously juggle multiple heavyweight themes without any tact.
You’d imagine that there would be some sort of saving grace in a movie that runs this long for no good reason. Unfortunately, there isn’t. The final act capitalizes on the very essence that makes this movie flop and pushes the boundaries of stupidity a bit further by presenting an implausible plot in all of its glory. There isn’t a single action sequences that doesn’t make you cringe at the awkward CGI effects alongside the evident green screens. As much as Gal Gadot’s natural beauty is mesmerizing, it doesn’t excuse everything else that was achieved in this movie. Add in the disgraceful representation of the Arab community, you’d wonder what else they could do wrong, only to realize that Cheetah’s origin story is forgettable. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, their latest DC movie has once again dipped low in their pursuit to establish a compelling cinematic universe on the big screen (or is it streaming services nowadays?).
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) is a narratively-messy tale about love, closure, truth, and lies, while also lacking the esthetic potential of the era and sloppily handling Wonder Woman’s charm due to poor characterization and heavy plot holes.