Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984
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Ratings: 3/5

Duration: 02 Hrs 31 Mins

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writers:  Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Dave Callaham, William Moulton Marston

Producers: Wesley Coller, Jason Crain, Gal Gadot, Walter Hamada, Toby Hefferman, Elise Iglesias, Marianne Jenkins, Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Stephen Jones, Rebecca Steel Roven, Anna Obropta, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle, Chantal Nong Vo, Andreas Wentz           

Music: Hans Zimmer

Cinematography: Matthew Jensen

Editing: Richard Pearson

Art Direction: Alex Baily, Simon Elsley, Gavin Fitch, Conor Maclay, Charlotte Malynn, Rod McLean, Daniel Nussbaumer, Alan Payne, Peter Russell, James M. Spencer, Darren Tubby

Release Date: 25 December 2020 (USA)

Star Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lilly Aspell, Amr Waked, Kristoffer Polaha, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Oliver Cotton, Lucian Perez, Gabriella Wilde, Kelvin Yu, Stuart Milligan, Shane Attwooll, David Al-Fahmi, Kevin Wallace, Wai Wong, Doutzen Kroes, Hari James, Betty Adewole, Camilla Roholm, Jessie Graff, Bronte Lavine, Briony Scarlett, Jade Johnson, Miranda Chambers, Moe Sasegbon, Gwendolyn Smith, Hayley Warnes, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Lyon Beckwith, Ryan Watson, Jimmy Burke, Brandon Thane Wilson, Oakley Bull, Andy Riddle, Rey Rey Terry, Tina Edwards, Bill Debrason, Rick Kain, Vickie Warehime, Mike D. Anderson, Christopher Crutchfield, Gina Grinkemeyer, Cassandra Newman, Valerie Leonard, Susan Smythe, Bob Cusack, John Bucy, Patrick A. Grover, Tracy Tobin, Mitch Holson, Ashley Gladden, Spencer Trinwith, Parker Damm, Caroline Coleman, Summer Snead, Tori Beverly, Raquel Merediz, Vince Eisenson, Asim Chaudhry, Danny Morgan, Tessa Bonham Jones, Philip Philmar, Mensah Bediako, Russell Barnett, Peter Brooke, Jarren Dalmeda, Jasmine Clark, Jonathan Ajayi, Tomos Vaughan-Williams, Avi Rothman, Belinda Mayne, Orlando James, Bruce Mackinnon, Ed Birch, Aykut Hilmi, Zaydun Khalaf, Nerea Palacios, Altahay Ramos Martín, Joanne Henry, Patrick Lyster, Sam Sheridan, Paul Boyd, Vincent Jerome, Akie Kotabe, Kenneth Jay, Jasmine Hyde, Paul McQuaid, Gabriel Constantin, Alex Delescu, Mish Boyko, Constantine Gregory, Michael Poole, Joe Palka, Jean Hudson Miller, Mike Sengelow, Paul Connaughton, Wendy Albiston, Rhonda Overby, Lambro Demetriou, Jonny Barry, Luis Torrecilla, Sarah Barlondo, Matt Costello, Evan Bittner, Archie L. Harris Jr., Stephanie Waters, Thomas Clay Strickland, Chi-Lin Nim, Michael Kaurene, Michael Gabel, Orlando Gonzalez, Dan De Luca, Ahmed Hussien, Tony Zarouel, Naithan Ariane, Joel Morris, Michael Salami, Kosha Engler, Asa Sheridan, Alma Varsano, Maya Varsano, Jaron Varsano, Tilly Winford, Victoria Broom, Hamza Siddique, Colin Stinton, Andy Cheung, Katharine Pickering, Karis McCabe, Saskia Neville, Jenny Pacey, Mikayla Jade, Candice Carbine, Donna Forbes, Chantal Nell, Lynda Carter, David Abernethy, Yash Agnihotri, Brittney Aleah, Sia Alipour, Jamal Alkhaldi, Manoj Anand, Rodrig Andrisan, Sydney Aston, Gary Ayash, Leslie Barnett, Pierre Bergman, Gerard Berlie, Nicholas Blatt, Gabrielle Bourne, Rick Kelvin Branch, Jacob Brankley, Martin Bratanov, Jamaal Burcher, Michael Burhan, Natalie Cassell, Thorn Castillo, Peter Chiamardas, Al Clark, David Cohen, Marisol Correa, Paul Ron Cruz, Claire De Boer, Vincent De Paul, Kahil Dotay, Victor Ellis, Sara Exall, Mark Falvo, Mark Faulkner, Matthew Feldhaus, Julian Ferro, Iulia Filipovscaia, Shannon Fitzpatrick, Morgan Flanagan, Michael Garvey, John Gettier, Mark Gooden, Sonia Goswami, Dayna Grant, Rudy Valentino Grant, Linzi Gray, Evangelos Grecos, Haylee Green, Lucas N. Hall, Michael Patrick Hart, Becki Hayes, Monica Haynes, Michael Hennessy, Hillaire Hess, Melanie Jewel Howard, Alicia Hunter, Kaila Ingram, Sabina Jany, Michelle Jeram, Trevor Johnson, Gina Jun, John Kaler, Darren Kamara, Penelope Kapudija, Joe Klaunberg, Mimi Michaela Konoza, Derek Larthey, Rich Lawton, Pedro Leandro, Kacey Leigh, Lisa Lian, Patrick Loh, Maggie Lovitt, Dennis P. Marburger, Kendra Marie, Dan Matteucci, Mia McLaughlin, Kas Meghani, Jesse Milliner, Dylan Mitchell, Anita Moore, Jeff Moore, Tony Moore, Sri Moorthy, Matthew Naslanic, Darren O'Connor, Robert Olausen, Nick Owenford, Biondolillo Pascal, Jag Patel, Brendan Petak, Bobbie Peterson, Tamara Phipps, Daniel Ponomari, Kiesha Preston, Richard Price, Ryan L. Price, Jon Prophet, Diezel Ramos, Cory Rokes, Samantha Russell, Daniel Ryves, Rubens Saboia, Bernardo Santos, Chris Silcox, Zayne Richard Simpson, Justin Sisk, Daniel Smales, Rachel Sophia-Anthony, Richard Stanley, Scott Stevenson, David Sullivan, Scott Swope, Chuck Taber, Albert Tang, Clayton Teat, William G. Tomek, Peter Trevor, Debbie Tsamoudakis, Roger Tyler, Chris Vaber, Dan Verkman, Valeria Volynkina, Ella Walker, Rosanna Walls, Marla Aaron Wapner, Stuart Whelan, Darius Wilson, Tim R. Worley, Mars Xexilia, Amreen N. Yaqoob

Plot: In 1984, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is a lonely woman. Single, with no intention to mingle, Diana spends most of her days working at the Smithsonian Institute, occasionally putting on her Wonder Woman uniform and fighting crime. Yes, she has super strength, beauty and many talents, but the loss of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) has made her days lonely and has put her on autopilot.

Meanwhile, with a co-worker, Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), Diana discovers an artifact that grants wishes. And that gives Diana hope that Steve will return to her life. But not Steve as he physically was, but the same personality, mannerisms, and for this, Diana is in bliss.

She finds herself torn between the hero she knows she is, and the life she could have with Steve. However, when Barbara makes her wish, a man named Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) decides to steal the artifact to embody its powers, and that is when all hell breaks loose globally.

Review: Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to the 2017 smash hit film. The film instantly became one of the most talked-about movies of the year and prompted a much larger conversation about the lack of female-led superhero films. 

Since it remains one of the few, if only, solo outings of a female superhero, with that comes the difficulty of how to handle all it means to be Diana. She is an Amazonian woman of great beauty, power, and wit, yet also longs for her long-dead boyfriend and that does come off a bit disheartening.

The film brings what it is like to be a woman and how it develops its villains by showing what everyday people would do if given the opportunity to become powerful. Therefore, it just does not feel like a superhero movie. In short, in an effort to make Wonder Woman different from all the male, high octane movies out there, the makers went for something more subtle - without realizing they aren’t compensating for what people expect!

In regard to the Wonder Woman movie that was released in 2017, Gal Gadot was perfectly cast as the title character. She had the strength, agility, and an air of the exotic and mysterious that blend beautifully to form the Amazonian Goddess. In this second installment, she once again combines intelligence, humour and athleticism, which draws the viewer into her world. 

However, the film is lost in a long first act that reveals a lack of flexibility in the presentation of the new characters. And it is so predictable and topical in its treatment of the romantic plot that this, instead of being the engine they intended to advance Wonder Woman, becomes a drag that collapses her as a character.

Director Patty Jenkins offers some interesting camera angles, especially in the action sequences. Nevertheless, the film is too long, especially the opening sequence on Themyscira, so the pacing seems slow at points. There also does not seem to be much 80's music in a movie with 1984 in the title.

Overall, Wonder Woman 1984 is a mixed bag of great action sequences showcasing female characters, sentimentality for lost love, some supernatural moments, and a bunch of cheesy scenes with equally cheesy dialogue. Therefore, it isn't the great movie experience of the year, but it is not far off!