Christmas Day was a bit different this year. One of the most striking differences was the at-home premiere of Wonder Woman 1984, the second installment of director Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman films. Originally scheduled for release in summer of 2020, Wonder Woman 1984’s release date was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s disastrous effect on Hollywood and moviegoing.
The pandemic has been brought under control in some countries including New Zealand, Australia, and China, allowing for the movie to be released in theaters, the way it was supposed to be. However, COVID-19 is still raging in the United States, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, and many other countries around the world, preventing a widespread theatrical release of Wonder Woman 1984. The studio took it upon themselves to release the film both in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max, allowing fans to watch from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
The film’s fun and bright 80’s theme is a nostalgia trip, bringing viewers back to the time of super malls, big hair, and interesting clothing. It was a nice escape from reality. It takes place 66 years after the first film, with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) living on her own in Washington D.C., working as a researcher of antiquities at the Smithsonian Institution. When an ancient and magical artifact addressed to Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) is brought in for Diana and her coworker Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) to examine, all hell breaks loose, and it is up to Diana and her boyfriend Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to save the day.
The concept for this film was fun. The mixture of superheroes and Gods and magic was great but executed quite poorly. The movie started out alright. Kristen Wiig was great as Barbara Minerva, and she applied her comedic skills in a way that just flowed with the rest of the film, despite the dark turn of events. Pascal, Gadot, and Pine all showcased their acting chops as well, and gave the audience believable and interesting performances to follow along with.
However, the writing just was not there. At quite a few points it was sloppy, cheesy, and uninterested. There were quite a few unnecessary scenes in the film as well, making it difficult to reach the end of the film at 2 hours and 35 minutes. The CG at some points was unbearable, which was interesting, considering that the CG in the first Wonder Woman (2017) film was great.
If you are looking for a great follow up to Wonder Woman, this is not it. Wonder Woman 1984 is still a fun superhero movie, but at its best it still feels uninspired. It seems that it fell victim to the DC Universe film curse. Hopefully, there will be better ones in the future.