Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984 🏹👟🤝🐆

Wonder Woman 1984 is a spectacle that is absolutely marvelling.

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in Wonder Woman 1984.

Gal Gadot (left) and Chris Pine (right) in Wonder Woman 1984. CREDIT: Warner Bros.

This post for Wonder Woman 1984 is spoiler-free.

After months of delay, Wonder Woman 1984 (WW84) (2020, directed by Patty Jenkins) premiered internationally in theatres earlier this week. The female-led blockbuster, which has kept eager fans waiting for almost half a year, is the second film in the Jenkins-led franchise. In the film, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) takes audiences to 1984, as she fights a new kind of evil alongside familiar companion, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).

I think the most amazing thing about WW84 is the heroine, Wonder Woman, herself. Gadot takes on this role effortlessly and carries an aura that makes an audience member like me be in awe of her and the character she’s playing. Unlike Wonder Woman (2017), this sequel features less of Themyscira and takes us to the nostalgic year of 1984. Despite being set in the 80s, the movie—at least to me—is lacking in showcasing more of the 80s era, but perhaps it could be because the WW84 trailers had teased too much of this.

Every scene that Gadot is in is electric. No words can describe the presence that she carries in this two and a half hours long movie. Her emotional and action scenes were all perfect. Two scenes in mind left an impression—the former happens amidst chaos and the latter takes place in a shopping mall—on me, both of which I can’t go into detail for fear of spoiling the film.

Accompanying Gadot on-screen is Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva “Cheetah” (Kristen Wiig), Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Steve, who all do excellent work to bring this movie to life. Pascal stands out as the villain in this movie, but a lot of his character’s backstory makes no sense and you have to watch it to find out yourself. Wiig’s Cheetah is fast and toned; although the character lacks depth, she shines in her fight scenes opposite of Wonder Woman. Steve is a dream and adds a lighthearted aspect to WW84; his companionship with Diana is adorable, and it’s a pity that it doesn’t last.

The film’s score and cinematography are incredibly breathtaking, especially in IMAX. The cinema floor trembled from the tremors of Hans Zimmer’s energetic score and every time the Wonder Woman theme song by Tina Guo came on—I was flabbergasted. 

Wonder Woman teaches us the values of truth, courage and sacrifice, and unlike other easily forgettable blockbusters, I’m glad that WW84 can give the younger audience a valuable lesson apart providing pure entertainment. Don’t think twice about watching this movie in theatres because it’s definitely worth every minute of your time, and money. 

Rating: 4/5

 

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