Seasons greetings! Woman Woman 1984 was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max for the Christmas weekend. It’s the first movie in Warner Bros.’ ambitious experiment to fight back against the pandemic. Will this strategy work or will it backfire? Maybe some of both, considering how much criticism Warner Bros. is receiving from the film industry. Personally, I grateful to see this film at home and you should too. I’ll give you a full review below.
Wonder Woman 1984 takes place during a time of excessive commodity. A greedy businessman named Maxwell Lord takes advantage of the public’s desires with a mythical wishing stone. However, these wishes come with serious consequences. Diana Prince is still fighting crime as Wonder Woman, but Lord proves to be a difficult foe because she also falls victim to the stone. Her fallen love interest named Steve Trevor comes back to life and his resurrection doesn’t come for free. Pretty soon, the entire globe might come unraveled if our heroes don’t find a solution.
In general, I really like this movie and it’s probably not a bias from the pandemic. Believe me. I’ve seen a lot of bad movies this year. This unusual sequel is thrilling, entertaining, humorous, and filled with eighties cheese. It’s a lovely throw back to the Wonder Woman comic books and tv series with Lynda Carter. This film is significantly different than the first Wonder Woman entry with more whimsy and unashamed goofiness. It just takes a number of popular concepts from the eighties and runs wild. You might feel skeptical, but it actually works. The pacing is also very good. It runs for two and half hours, but the story moves along quite briskly. Also, check out the soundtrack. The score by Hans Zimmer was quite fun and appropriate for this type of movie.
Like the first Wonder Woman film, this one has a big emphasis on characters, warmth, morality, entertainment value, and authenticity to the source material. Wonder Woman is a still an ingenue who sees the best in mankind, even if we don’t deserve it. Steve Trevor is still a strong leading man who compliments Diana well. Pedro Pascal steals the show as Maxwell Lord. He’s a charismatic and over the top villain who embodies the public’s endless greed. I didn’t even mind Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah. It seems like critics are generally less receptive to her character, but she’s ultimately an accurate representation of Cheetah in various works.
I like this movie, but it has several flaws. The VFX look really cheap, even though the film had a huge budget. It has a lot of slow motion and unrealistic wire stunts. The production design is fine, but the costumes and hair are inconsistent. For example, Wonder Woman’s traditional superhero outfit looks like a regular cosplay costume and Pedro Pascal’s hair looks awful. This film just has a sporadic feeling of cheap quality.
More importantly, I don’t think everyone will love this movie. You’re either on the bandwagon or not. I found Wonder Woman 1984 delightful, but I’m sure some viewers will believe it’s silly, nonsensical, cartoonish, and a big step backwards from the first movie.
If you already subscribe to HBO Max, that’s great! Go ahead and watch this film. After all, it’s only available for a month before reverting to a solo theatrical release. However, should you pay for a subscription to specifically watch this movie? I would recommend subscribing if you’re genuinely curious about Wonder Woman 1984. Don’t subscribe if this movie looks unappealing. Keep something in mind. This film has a strong message that’s surprisingly relevant to our current situation. Back in the eighties, people wanted it all without consequence and we never got away from that train of thought. Well, that’s a problem during a global pandemic. You can’t have it all and that’s the truth. In the real world and Wonder Woman 1984, excessive greed comes with a price.
Have you seen this movie yet? What did you think? Tell me all about it. We’re almost done with 2020 and thank goodness! Eventually, I'll recap my thoughts about the 2020 movie slate. I want to watch a few more films after New Year's, including Monster Hunter, The Empty Man, and Synchronic. Maybe I'll even check out Tenet, even though it looks really weird. Thanks a lot for hanging in there and being a trooper during a frustrating time period. We're going to finish 2020 together. I’ll give you some updates about 2021 in the near future. Come back again next week and be safe. Good night!
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