WW84 is fine. BUT IT CAN BE BETTER!
In 2017 after the decidedly mixed reviews and thoughts on 2016 Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide squad, Warner Bros. Studios and DC Comics released Wonder Woman, the fourth entry in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) studio superhero film universe. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis, follows Amazon Princess Diana, who wants to end World War I and believes the conflict was started by the longtime enemy of the Amazons, Ares, after the American pilot / spy Steve Trevor crashed on their island of Themyscira and informed them about it. While some criticized the overuse of CGI at various points in the film or the borrowing of the narrative structure of Captain America: The First Avenger, Wonder woman received mostly positive reviews, with Jenkins directing, visuals, action sequences, musical score, and the cast of the feature receiving the most praise, especially Gadot’s performance of the title superhero. The film was a box office hit; At over $ 821 million worldwide, it is the 10th highest-grossing film of 2017 and the highest-grossing film by any female director (to date). Given the success that critics and moviegoers have achieved with this feature, it was almost a foregone conclusion that a sequel to the film would get the green light at some point in the years to come. Continuation of the adventures of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in a new episode. Now, three years after the release of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. Studios and director Patty Jenkins are preparing for Diana Prince’s journey with the release of Wonder Woman 1984 (or WW84 short). Is this sequel proving to be a solid follow-up or is it weighed down by the atypical problems of Sequel Syndrome?
Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who lost her only true love, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), a lifetime ago, has held back and seems to help those in danger when evil strikes and her divine powers are required for humanity are . Diana works as an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and keeps her distance from the staff. Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) is an odd job, however. Make friends with the low self-esteem woman and encourage her to think bigger. Barbara has the task of identifying a special dream stone that fulfills wishes and decides to test the magic herself in order to be “special”. Diana can also spend her moment with the magical rock, who will soon be reunited with Steve, who has inhabited the body of another man and wants to get to know the world of 1984 around him. Unknown to Diana, a sinister man named Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a broken oil man who tries to become the rock itself, imbued with power as he gathers the desires of others. While Diana tries to thwart Maxwell’s plans, she discovers more about herself, her love for Steve and Barbara’s turmoil.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
As I’ve always said on my blog, I was more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan. That’s not to say I’ve enjoyed several DC Comics movies (both live-action and animated), but I prefer the MCU over the DCEU. Other than that, I enjoyed 2017 Wonder woman, especially from the problem Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Release. While Wonder Woman was perfect and had some issues (i.e. a little too much CGI and a few narrative elements that didn’t quite work), I personally liked the whole “fish out of the water” structure for the WWI character and backdrop . I also loved actress Gal Gadot as Diana Prince. She is incredibly beautiful (there is no doubt about that) but she played a very strong and convincing Wonder Woman. Embodiment of such profound ideals for female superhero characters, especially in today’s superhero film landscape of men who play the lead role. In addition, the message of the film about love that can save the world is very touching and profound, especially in today’s world. While the DCEU does not have the large rate catalog compared to the MCU, Wonder woman stands as one of the most popular and successful entries in this DC movie universe.
This brings me back to talking Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the 2017 film Wonder woman Movie. With the success of the first film, it was almost a foregone conclusion that a second episode would eventually be lit green by the studio (Warner Bros), which eventually was sometime after the release of Wonder woman. With expectations rising, I was definitely interested to see where Diana Prince’s next chapter would lead. I ate several tidbits that I would find on the internet and all of the movie website I visit frequently. Soon the film trailer for the film was closed, showing a lot of new footage for the next film, and the anticipation for me continued to grow. I even placed Wonder Woman 1984 End of 2019 on my list of the “Top 15 Anticipated Films of 2020”. It goes without saying that I was pretty excited to see the movie, which was originally due to hit theaters in 2019, before it was finally mixed a couple of times and firmly set as the summer blockbuster release in June 2020. Unfortunately, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studios decided to postpone Wonder Woman in 1984. The date is changed again to October 2020 and then again to December 25thth Release 2020. As various film studios delayed their films and closed several cinema chains, Warner Bros. decided to release them Wonder Woman 1984 (in an unprecedented move) decided to release the film in theaters (i.e. in theaters) but also on HBO Max’s streaming service. While I have a nearby theater that is still open (and some movies I’ve seen there over the past few months) I decided to check it out Wonder Woman 1984 in the comfort of my home (on Christmas Day) on HBO Max. What did I think of that? Well it was okay. While the film pays homage to the 80s and superhero stories from the past, in 1984 Wonder Woman struggles to find its place in today’s superhero landscape. It’s got charm and heart, but it’s overworked and a bit silly / campy at times.
Return to the director’s chair for Wonder Woman 1984is Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, whose previous work includes directing the first Wonder woman (of course), but also directing Monster and Exposed. Jenkins introduces her to the first film (and reaps its success by doing so) and seems like the most suitable choice to direct Wonder woman Continued, and rightly so, effective work; With a completely new adventure, take the audience back into the world of Diana Prince. Maybe the best Jenkins does is in the first ten minutes of the movie. The feature opens with a flashback scene of a younger Diana on Themyscira, who will surely familiarize us (the audience) with it again wonder woman Feeling as well as the next scene that seems to be like yesterday’s old 80s superhero films, including the Christopher Reeves Superman era features. Both greetings, Jenkins beautifully captures and gives these scenes WW84 Great introductory piece to “snap” the audience. Jenkins continues to make the Wonder Woman character into a very strong and powerful female superhero leading actress (a combination of her directing and Gadot’s performance), but also one who is personable and has just as many emotional battles in love and compassion leads. something that I liked in the first film and that is carried over into this sequel. Jenkins is successful in this regard.
What also WW84 Its strong messages and themes are successful and appear throughout the story. The film tinkers and reinforces many basic notions of love, compassion, and loneliness (and how to deal with them) and projects several everyday messages, e.g. B. be careful about what you want, be happy with what you have, and reflect the truth to your soul. All of this is pretty tangible and is used well in the film, despite the missteps the narrative makes to confuse its story. There is one particular scene that captures the strife and love / loss that the character of Diana faces that is perhaps one of the most emotional scenes in the entire film and that is wonderfully handled. Although there are issues with the movie (which I’ll mention below), Jenkins is still causing issues WW84 A fun and entertaining superhero film that contains a lot of familiar nostalgia, uplifting themes, and vital empowerment in the blockbuster genre.
Regarding the presentation, WW84 certainly matches the rest of the DCEU blockbuster nuances; Projecting a large scale adventure that has a lot of expansive and overall “big” features throughout the feature. Of course, the biggest “visual” aspect of the movie would definitely have to be the use of the movie’s timing. Use the 1980s era as the backdrop for the feature. From clothing, hairstyles, works of art and other cultural references, WW84 seems to focus on these aspects for the background of the film, which are mainly capitalized in the first half of the film. So the team behind the scenes for the film, including the entire art direction team, as well as Aline Bonetto (production design), Anna Lynch-Robinson (stage design) and Lindy Hemming (costume design). Much like before, the cinematography of the film is heavily used in the film to enhance some of the more dramatic / cinematic moments, all again provided by Matthew Jensen who worked on the first wonder woman Movie. All other aspects are pretty much spot on, so while the film has issues throughout, the production / presentation is for WW84 is what I would expect from a superhero movie. Finally, the score of the film, composed by Hans Zimmer, is very beautiful; Projection of an exciting heroic theme throughout the film that complements the various sequences in the film … be it action or character dialogue moments. Again, some of the themes are reminiscent of the uplifting superhero music of the 80s (noble and heroic).
Despite his promise for a fun sequel to entertainment, WW84 isn’t quite the solid gold in the next chapter, rising above its predecessor, with a few criticisms that are sure to keep the feature from reaching its full potential. As the? Well, the most common problem the movie has is how long and tedious the movie is. At a whopping two hours and thirty-one minutes (i.e. 151 minutes) WW84 is quite long and, while the first Wonder woman was about ten minutes shorter, still offered more, and never felt as long as this particular film. Why? Well, for the most part, the story of WW84 is pretty straightforward, and while there are multiple narrative threads in the various main characters, the film could be reduced immensely to just two hours without compromising the character or beats of the storytelling. A perfect example is the movie’s opening flashback sequence, which I really love and which captures the spirit of the first few films, called “magic” (as mentioned above), but which ultimately turns out to be unnecessary WW84 grand scheme of things. And there’s a lot of that throughout World War II; Creating a very bloated movie that could easily have cut 30 minutes of its running time for a much leaner function. Because of this, the movie also suffers from speed issues, especially in the first half of WW84, which is more or less filled with speaking sequences and character built plot device moments (i.e. exposure dumps).
Part of that confusion comes from Jenkins herself, who knows how to use the first to create such a balanced and tangible feature Wonder woman Movie, but seems to be struggling to manage the story of this sequel. Yes, it’s pretty clear what Jenkins wants from the movie, but its overall execution seems pretty redundant. Inflate WW84 in an unbalanced way. One point of this is the movie’s action sequences, which are pretty sparse in the movie. Apart from the few moments in the first 10 minutes of the film, the action of the film only starts in the middle. Even the battle for the movie’s climatic ending seems a little lackluster, especially when you consider that the battle between Diana and Cheetah is pretty weak and mostly hidden in the dark nighttime surroundings. Speaking of which, the images in the film are fine. Yes, some parts work, but there are moments (Cheetah’s visual appearance) that seem subpar, especially considering how much production money went into WW 84.
As for the story itself, this is it WW84 While narrative is a powerful message, quite frankly, it’s pretty silly and probably the biggest disappointment I’ve personally had with the film. The whole Dreamstone thing and the “be careful what you wish for” nuances seem to fall flat and almost like a bit of cartoony, which doesn’t really go well with today’s superhero movie. So everything seems a bit silly and doesn’t really add much “fantastic” feel to the content of the feature. Let the stupid nature of wanting to give be less outstanding than intended. Even the climatic end of the film is never something that one can “overlook” (narrative). In this context, the script of the film, which was written by Jenkins as well as Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham, needs to be revised. Again I understand what they were trying to do with the story of WW84 and how it both reflects today’s world and tries to bring with it the superhero nostalgia of the ’80s, but it only works partially and never quite gels right, especially considering how goofy the premise is (and how it all turns out to be). Sure, the end product of WW84 wasn’t exactly the movie I was expecting and I think many will agree.
A small point of criticism is the end of WW84 has several holes for action that are fully addressed. While the ending itself is still quite satisfying and uplifting (for the reasons I mentioned above), there are two or three WTF moments that the movie never fully addresses by the time it starts rolling its credits. Leaving a few dangling narrative strands incomplete or not told which is definitely a bit of headscratcher and / or confusing. Will you be addressed in the next film? Who knows?
The occupation WW84 It’s pretty good that some prominent / recognizable faces populate the main characters in the film and some are returning from the first film. As I mentioned above, the script of the feature changes some of these particular characters and makes them less than outstanding even for a superhero movie. Though the acting talent certainly helps to promote it. At the helm of the film is (and rightly so) actress Gal Gadot, who is returning to repeat her role as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman. Known for their roles Fast & Furious, Ralph breaks the internet, and Death on the NileGadot definitely turned out to be a Wonder Woman. a combined mixture of wild superhero nuances, eye-catching beauty and human softness. Without a doubt, she made the first film incredible and definitely best suited for the title character. WW84 continues this particular trend by showing Gadot the evil superhero she is with Wonder Woman, as well as the loneliness and personable tenderness she portrays in Diana Prince. Good or bad, Gadot carries WW84 on her shoulder and she does a great job with it. The downside, however, is that her character doesn’t grow much. While the first film allowed Diana to experience a journey of self-discovery and the world around her (i.e. experiencing love and other new things), WW84 doesn’t give the character much to outgrow a few parts here and there, which makes Diana Prince a rather static character (even keel plateau from start to finish). Yes, she learns a lesson in the movie, especially about love and loss, but that’s not enough as the script could go a little deeper. Even so, Gadot is still one of the best things about the Wonder woman Films, and I definitely hope she will continue to play the main superhero film in the upcoming episodes.
Behind Gadot, actor Chris Pine returns to play Steve Trevor in World War 8. Known for his roles in the new Star Trek Trilogy as well Outlaw King, That means war, and Hell or high waterPine did well as the lead actor in the first Wonder Woman film; Steve has a lot of heroic daring, but also chemistry with Gadot with his on-screen presence. In World War 8, however, he’s fine. This is not so much due to Pine’s fault, but Pine definitely puts on the charm with his acting talent and screen presence. So what’s wrong? Well, his character in the movie doesn’t have much to offer. He really doesn’t have a character journey, and Steve Trevor is very good at driving the narrative in the film. There are a few comedy gags that his character has in experiencing 80s culture that definitely play an important role in Diana’s emotions, but that’s about it. While Pine is still solid in the role of Steve Trevor, his character brings nothing to WW 84, but is more of an aspect of the plot device. As a side note, actor Kristoffer Polaha (Life unexpected and Jurassic World: Dominion) plays the man Steve Trevor lives in in the film and who is referred to as a “handsome man”.
The villain category in WW84 is another mixed bag type; one that is played by fine talent, but the character constructions and overall tone of the film don’t deliver in a memorable way. First of all there is the character of Maxwell Lord, a charismatic businessman who urgently needs “change” in his failed life situation and who is played by the actor Pedro Pascal. Known for his roles in game of Thrones, Kingsman: The golden circle, and The MandalorianPascal has certainly become a better known name in recent years, especially in those special roles like “Obyern Martell” and “Mando / The Mandalorian”. This is probably why he was given the role of antagonist in WWII. He has a very charming personality and brings his clear-sounding voice into the character of Maxwell Lord. Unfortunately, the character falls short when it comes to villainy. Yes, he is considered to be the antagonist in the movie, but ultimately he seems to be more of a weak villain in superhero villain architypes. Granted, the film gives Maxwell a very human imagination and sympathy for some of the machinations behind his final plans, but it falls a little under the goofy tropes I mentioned above. And although I like him as an actor, Pascal pounds it, especially in the second half of the feature film. Ultimately, Pascal’s portrayal of Maxwell Lord is decent, but it’s not the best villain I’ve seen and personally I would have liked to have seen something else. As a side note, the young actor Lucian Perez (The bonfire of destiny and Klaus) plays Maxwell’s son Alistair, who actually does a good job in the role.
The other antagonist in the film is the character of Barbara Minerva (Cheetah), a confident and underrated geologist / gemologist, played by actress Kristen Wiig. Known for her roles in Bridesmaids, Saturday night live, and Dispicable Me 2Wiig has proven herself to be a good actress in several films and has become an unforgettable character. So is their involvement in WW84 is pretty good, and I liked her as Barbara Minerva and Wiig definitely behaved well. Unfortunately for Barbara, like most of the film, the character journey is a cliché, especially the entire machagon transformation “zero versus villain”. Yes, it works in the context of the film, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Barbara is stepping on a lot of familiar ground from other superhero-villain transformations, including Max Dillion / Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3. Speaking of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Barbara pretty much transforms into Cheetah for climate action short and it’s almost like Harry Osborne turned into the end of the TASM2 ending in the Battle of the Green Goblins. In short, Wiig is good like Barbara, but (like Pascal’s Maxwell) never really shines as a superhero villain.
They also repeat their Wonder woman Roles from the first film are the actresses Connie Nielsen (gladiator and basic) and Robin Wright (House of cards and Forrest Gump) as Hippolyta, Queen of Themyscira and Diana’s mother, and Antiope, Hippolyta’s sister / Diana’s aunt and general of the Amazon Army. I loved both Nielsen and Wright in the first film so it was good to see them in these characters again. Unfortunately, her involvement in the film is only in the opening flashback scene and that’s it. Although … I kind of expected that.
The rest of the cast, including actor Amr Waked (Syriana and Lucy) as oil magnate Emir Said Bin Abydos, actress Natasha Rothwell (Much love, Simon and Unsure) as Barbara / Diana’s boss named Carol, actor Ravi Patel (Long shot and Destroyed) as a spiritual man Babajide, actress Gabriella Wilde (The three musketeers and endless love) as Maxwell’s assistant Raquel, actor Oliver Cotton (Shanghai Knights and Beowulf) as Maxwell’s rival Simon Stagg and actor Stuart Milligan (Hunter killer and The assets) are delegated to the film’s minor supporting cast members as President of the United States, and while their screen is somewhat limited, most of these individual acting talents do the work in their respective roles. There’s also a special cameo in the film, and while I’m not going to spoil what it is, it’s a fun and amusing “Zinger” that I was expecting to be featured in WW84 I liked it.
A new age of “amazement” begins as Diana Prince continues her never-ending struggle to save the world and learn about matters of the heart in film Wonder Woman 1984. Director Patty Jenkins’ latest film shows the return of the DC comic book superhero. Lead Wonder Woman into a new age of fighting enemies and learn more about yourself in a cinematic story. While the story is light-hearted, fun, and has a lot to reflect on, and Gadot returns to the role of Diana Prince, the film tries hard to find a rhythm. become problematic because of its speed problems, sparse action sequences, conventional characters and a somewhat silly prerequisite for action. Personally, I thought this movie was somewhere between okay and good. I enjoyed it and there was a lot of that ’80s superhero nostalgia but it lengthened the running time and the silly premise hampered my expectations, which were quite high and also contributed to my slight disappointment in the movie. I still prefer 2017 Wonder woman Film compared this. For this reason (as well as the various mixed thoughts of many) my recommendation for the film would be a difficult “dubious choice” as some viewers will like it while others will not. It has already been confirmed that Warner Bros. is illuminated in green Wonder woman 3 With both Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot returning to their respective roles, it remains unclear what the next entry will be about and how the “buried decision” among critics and moviegoers about this particular sequel will affect the future Wonder woman Movies. Regardless, Wonder Woman 1984 is a fun movie that never really shines and never feels as epic as promised. Similar to Maxwell Lord’s saying in the movie … Wonder Woman 1984 is okay, but it can be better!
3.4 out of 5 (Iffy Choice)
Published on: December 25, 2020
Reviewed on: December 29, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 lasts 131 minutes and is rated PG-13 for action and violence sequences