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Wonder Woman 1984, based on characters from DC Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

While competing in a competition against much older Amazonian warriors, young Diana falls from her horse and in an attempt to regain her footing takes a shortcut, missing a crucial checkpoint.  As she makes it to the end of the competition, ahead of her fellow Amazonians, Antiope grabs her out of the contest…explaining that anything worthwhile including winning the competition should be obtained honestly and with the truth.

Now in 1984, Diana is working as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.  Between her work and her heroic moments as Wonder Woman, she has carved out a satisfying life for herself as the years went on.  When new museum employee Barbara Ann Minerva, shy and unnoticed, becomes jealous of Diana wishing to be like her while holding an old artifact…one that is inscribed with the ability to grant someone’s greatest and deepest desires…if they only wish it.

Failing business tycoon Maxwell “Max Lord” Lorenzano tricks Barbara to get his hands on the stone.  When he wishes to “become” the stone itself all of its powers are transferred into his body. 

But what are the consequences of our wishes?  And will Diana be able to set aside her own deepest desires in order to live her truth and save the world?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Cautionary Tale/Fable, Action/Adventure

-Creator: based on characters from DC Comics

-Length: 151 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Once again I am absolutely floored by the work that Patty Jenkins and her crew are doing for the film world.  She is truly showing that the combination of excellent writing, great casting, stories that have morals and teach real (and often difficult to swallow) truths, and costumes/hair/makeup designed for the female gaze are creating a world that is more immersive than so many before them.

This film was incredible from the first set of action sequences featuring a 9–10-year-old Diana competing against full grown Amazonians to the ending cameo of Linda Carter.  The world that was built up in the first film was just continued in this one…even though it took place nearly 40 years after.

The lesson in this one is absolutely needed, particularly in this time.  The things we wish for will always have consequences…and if we all got exactly what we wanted the world would be chaos

Having Chris Pine reprise his role in the way he did was surprising and a wonderful insight to Diana and what drives her.  I also loved all the little nods to the Wonder Woman comics that came up in this film from the Invisible Jet to several of her flying positions.  It so nice to see little things like that in the movie versions of the comics.

Action packed with a great story to back it up this film did a spectacular job taking a really big villain from Wonder Woman and turning both his fate and his story on their head. 

The cast did an incredible job.  It was wonderful to see Pedro Pascal without a mask on in a role (though his performance in The Mandalorian was incredible).  The introduction of Kristen Wiig to the story was a great idea…her Cheetah was so great. Gal Gadot was wonderful, as usual…and Chris Pine’s reprisal role was perfection.

I highly recommend watching this film.  One of my new favorites and one of the few shining stars in the DCEU.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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