Wonder Woman 1984 – Film Review
by Katie McCann
Director: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Patty Jenkins (screenplay by), Patty Jenkins (story)…
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
The amazonian goddess is back in this fun, lighthearted but earnest second instalment of the Wonder Woman franchise. After the success of the first film, it was only a matter of time until a sequel made its way onto the big screen. It just took a little longer than anticipated as the original summer release date was pushed this year due to…unforeseen circumstances. Who knew that all it would take to get a break from non-stop superhero movies was a global pandemic? But I digress…
Wonder Woman 1984 like its predecessor is set in the past but this time it’s, you guessed it, 1984. Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) is living out her days as a lonely archaeologist at the Smithsonian in DC while doing some low key crime-fighting on the side. It is there she meets Barbara Minerva (Kirsten Wiig) who has been put in charge of identifying a series of black market jewels recently confiscated by the FBI. One of these is the mysterious Dream Stone which Diana, in a moment of longing, wishes on and asks to be reunited with her lost love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who died saving the world in WW1. Barbara also wishes on the stone but what she longs for is to be just like Diana. As their wishes begin to come true they realise that every wish has a price but are they willing to pay?
Like its predecessor WW 1984 doesn’t take itself too seriously which is more than half the fun of the film. The entire creative team seem to have had a ball playing around with the 80’s fashion and aesthetic, which is utilized brilliantly through Steve Trevor coming back to life straight from 1918 and not knowing what the hell is going on. Gal Gadot is a perfect Diana once again showing her talent to be both regal and vulnerable making her an easy hero to root for. Kirsten Wiig steals the show though and the one thing you feel that is really missing from the film is more of her.
While she is technically the villain of the piece there is a bigger villain at play here, that of humanities self-serving greed which is portrayed through the glory grabbing oil tycoon Maxwell Lord (wonderfully portrayed by Pedro Pascal). A major highlight of the film is the opening sequence set during Themyscira very own Olympic Games which is scored beautifully by Hans Zimmer. Sadly things do start to lag a bit as the film goes on. It does feel overall about 40 minutes too long but there is so much to take in that you will never really be bored. At its heart, the film is about how the ability to face the truth is what really separates the heroes from the villains and how easily it is to fall from one to the other. While WW 1984 is not a groundbreaking addition to the already overly saturated canon of superhero films out there, it does feel like a return to big scale silly fun. And after the year we have had, don’t we all deserve a bit of silly fun?