Wonder Woman 1984 is an exciting and memorable superhero thrill ride that’s relevant to anyone in need of inspiration and belief right now
In a world where every hero wants to be an anti-hero, truth is subjective and doing the right thing is optional, Wonder Woman 1984 is the remarkable reminder we all needed of the power of good and honesty. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot partner to bring us a delightful dose of action, comedy, and fabulous eighties’ nostalgia tied together in a movie spectacle the likes of which we haven’t seen this year.
I had serious apprehensions about bringing the villain Cheetah from the comic book to big screen and also about the character being played by the normally comedic Kristen Wiig. But these fears were very quickly put to bed as her portrayal of the character and story arc proved to be surprisingly believable and thoroughly sympathetic-she felt very human. But despite Kristens stellar effort, the star of the show was undoubtedly Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord, who managed to portray a villainous character we don’t support but have every empathy for his plight, His performance ranged from comical to villainous to emotional and despite having no ‘superpowers’, the screen lit up every time he was on.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman still manages to leave us completely disarmed by her charm, strength, vulnerability, and the totality with which she embodies this character. It may be hard to see someone else play Wonder Woman in my lifetime. Her action scenes were beautifully visceral and glorious to behold, even more so on the amazing IMAX screens. I do wish there had been a few more set pieces.
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The film asks a very simple questions: what would you do if you had one wish, if you could make your hearts greatest desire a reality? This question runs throughout the film with ‘Head’ constantly at war with the heart. Again, it’s a reminder that what is right doesn’t always match our base desires. Setting the film in the eighties made the perfect backdrop for this theme as it was famously known as the decade of decadence – always wanting more as ‘greed was good’.
I would have liked to see a lot more of the eighty’s themes, culture and music explored in much the same way as Themyscira was. If I weren’t around in that decade, I would have certainly learnt a lot more about the Amazonian traditions than what life was like in the 80s.
Speaking of Themyscira, we get to see another side of this amazing island and experience more of its culture and people. The Amazonian games at the start did a brilliant job of not only providing background for Diana but also speaks to where the Amazonian fight and spirit comes from.
I had serious concerns about Chris Pines return going into the film and unfortunately the niggling feeling of unease with Steve being in the movie never left. I understood his purpose and importance to Dianas story and once he was there, the pair make a wonderful team, both comedically, romantically and in their action sequences. They work so well together any Director would want them back on screen. I just wasn’t fully sold on the way he came back.
Wonder Woman 1984 is an incredible ride full of love, fun and adventure. It tells a tale of good vs evil without labelling anyone as such. We are all humans, driven by our desires to be better and have more. Anyone can be corrupted by personal desires and become blind to when those desires start to hurt other people. No, we can’t have it all, but we can learn to love and appreciate what we already have. The truth may sometimes be ugly but its real and you can always work hard to make it better. A beautiful lie will always crumble.
Patty Jenkins brings us a hero not afraid or ashamed to do the right thing or tell the truth with no hint of the currently ever popular ‘antihero-ism’ in sight. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense Patty paid so many tributes to Richard Donners original Superman film.
See the Official extended trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 here
Wonder Woman 1984 – Spoiler free Review