If you are going into Wonder Woman 1984 expecting an action packed sequel you may need to temper your expectations. The follow-up to 2017’s Wonder Woman is a more story driven piece. That’s not to say there are not any action set pieces in the film 2hr and 31min run time, but the film’s theme of selfishness is what really shines through.
Especially when you consider the movie’s selfishness mimics today’s world. Just look around you. You can see it everywhere. Most notably in the portion of the population that refuses to wear a mask during a global pandemic because it “infringes on their freedoms”.
With Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince’s, character already having existed in three other movies (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and Wonder Woman) this stand alone follow up to Wonder Woman seems to focus more on its villains then on it’s main character.
Pedro Pascal (Maxwell Lord) steals this one for me with his over-the-top need for MORE. He’s a character you believe in. You’ve probably even witnessed someone like him yourself always chasing what they believe is happiness through more. More wealth, more stuff, more of everything but what really fills their hearts.
I’ve stated before Kristen Wiig (Cheetah) is hit or miss for me, but once again she exceeded my expectations. Her performance from the compassionate basically invisible woman to the fierce and powerful Cheetah is outstanding. Jenkins really allows her to shine.
While the first film, in my opinion, is superior with its roots in ancient greek storytelling and hints of Richard Donner’s Superman this one was a lot of fun to watch as well. Patty Jenkins slow world build makes the film crawl a little but has a massive pay off come the climax of the film.
I am so happy we get transported back to Themyscira to start the film and the set pieces are amazing. We even get a bit more of Robin Wright (Antiope) and Connie Nielson (Hippolyta) with Lilly Aspell returning as Young Diana is perfect. She truly captures the heart of the character as she grows to be the all powerful superhero she is.
Is this a perfect movie? No. Is it worth the watch? For me, absolutely.