By Dawson Martin
(In Theaters and Available to Stream on HBO Max)
WW84 was a film I was pretty excited about earlier this year and was so glad it got moved back because of the pandemic. I was hoping to see it in the theaters when things were safe, but I had no idea HBO Max would be doing the things they are with new releases.
The film starts off with somebody other than Gal Gadot in a flashback with a child actor playing a young Diana Prince. If you ask me, you can’t begin WW84 with anyone other than Gadot, and it needed to be memorable. It was none of those things and it really started this movie off looking like a video game. Gone are the days with fantastic opening sequences like the boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The runtime is entirely too long for what it is. There’s not a whole lot going on and it’s stretched out like there is a lot more to it. The plot elements drag out for way too long and it has caused many to lose interest. It’s also very messy and confused as to how the story should unfold and at what pace. Many plot elements don’t make any sense at all and feel just jammed in for the sake of having a Wonder Woman sequel (the way Chris Pine’s Steve character came back). The most disappointing thing here is that the (few) action scenes we get are very unmemorable. It’s really lackluster in that department.
Gal Gadot is magnificent as Diana Prince. There is nobody more perfect to fit the idealism and look for Wonder Woman than her in my opinion. She’s perfect. There’s an action scene towards the beginning that has her stopping each time she thwarts a bad guy to say a really cheesy line. I get that it’s probably homage to older superhero movies and it’s meant to be cheesy, but I think Gadot works better when she doesn’t have to say anything verbally, but physically. Wiig and Pascal are cool additions except for some major flaws in their character departments and a lack of any kind of memorable conclusion to their stories. You’ll see how they end and probably be underwhelmed like I was.
It was awesome to see this movie in my own home, and I even got a new sound bar for Christmas to make my film watching more theater like. This is the first movie I watched with it and it was a really fun experience. I can’t help but say that this is one of those movies where the marketing and poster is better than the actual film. Wonder Woman 1984 offers enjoyable portions, but for the most part you’ll really feel the long runtime as a bad thing and be criticizing each character and plot element that comes along the way.
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Wonder Woman 1984 currently has a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes.
My Rating for WW84: 60%
Photo Credit: imdb.com