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Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Here is the Wonder Woman 1984 review, the film produced by Warner Bros. was one of the year’s final disappointments.

Many fans are reporting problems streaming Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max as the picture continues to underperform at the domestic box office in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the film’s length (151 minutes) and numerous problematic plot decisions, a considerable number of HBO Max subscribers, particularly those using Roku streaming devices, have experienced problems watching it.

Wonder Woman 1984 has been a disappointment to fans of the previous picture since its debut in the latter days of 2020. It was officially launched on Christmas Day in both cinemas on HBO Max, but it was far from a happy holiday surprise, generating only $16.7 million in its first weekend in North America. This dropped to just $5.5 million the next weekend, a 67 per cent drop.

As critics and moviegoers began to tear the sequel apart for its “mindless story” and “unimaginative succession of clichés,” the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score plummeted from 89 per cent to 60 per cent in a couple of days:

WW1984 takes place decades after the events of the preceding film (in 1984, in case you didn’t notice). Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot, works as an archaeologist while grieving for her deceased love interest, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).

However, after Wonder Woman and her coworker Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) find a strange artefact known as the Dream stone, she must safeguard it from Maxwell Lord, a TV personality and want to be a businessman who wants to profit from the stone’s abilities.

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“Wonder Woman” was a breath of fresh air in 2017, both inside the darker domain of DC Comics adaptations and the greater context of bloated summer blockbusters. With a great tonal balance between thrilling action and gentle humour, spectacular spectacle and lovely romance, director Patty Jenkins’ film provided equal parts muscle and heart.

The extraordinarily captivating Gal Gadot, who was more than simply a stunning and statuesque bombshell, was at the centre of it all. She exuded goodness, brightness, and optimism in a contagious way, inspiring you to believe in the power of superheroes beyond simple clichés about doing the right thing and safeguarding mankind.

Gadot is a captivating and endearing character in “Wonder Woman 1984,” and she maintains her genuine connection with the audience, but the machinery that surrounds her has become larger and more cumbersome. Perhaps the desire to make things wilder and brasher, vaster and more convoluted, was unavoidable while writing a sequel. However, the quality that made the original film so enjoyable has been almost entirely lost in the process.

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Despite this, Jenkins’ script, which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham and is based on William Moulton Marston’s original characters, is quite straightforward: It’s a scathing critique of greed, of our entitled need to have everything we want right now. The narrative is set during the Reagan era of extravagant consumption, hence the title, yet the message made by “WW84” about the devastating effects of avarice is still pertinent today.

Too frequently, though, when portraying that era, the inclination is to wallow in blatant nostalgia—popped collars on pastel Polo shirts, a Centipede game at the arcade, a B. Dalton Bookseller in the brightly illuminated, triple-decker mall. There’s even a trying-on-clothes montage for Chris Pine’s revived World War I pilot to marvel at the absurdity of parachute pants. (There’s also breakdancing!) What’s the deal with that?) We’ll get to Steve and the potentially exciting notion he represents in a moment.

But what’s even more upsetting about the “WW84” screenplay is that it feels like it belongs in a movie from the 1980s. Its story gimmick, an ancient stone that grants you everything you wish, would be right at home in a high-concept comedy, leading to both silly shenanigans and enormous disasters. It’s a corny idea akin to “Weird Science” and “Zapped!” It’s a cautionary tale in which fantasy fulfilment fails to provide the satisfaction that its participants desire.

The film’s opening sequence, a flashback to a critical time in Diana’s life years before she became Wonder Woman, is far more fascinating. She competes in a difficult trial of strength and skill against women twice her age and height as a girl on the mystical island of Themiscyra (played once again by the poised and superbly cast Lilly Aspell).

This entire segment soars—the camerawork and editing immerse us in the action, while Hans Zimmer’s score propels us forward. Diana’s boldness and ability are also effectively established, as is the critical lesson she learns about the nature of truth, which will become vital later on. Nothing else in the movie compares to it in terms of visual harmony or emotional impact.

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Let us fast forward to 1984. Diana Prince is now a Smithsonian archaeologist, using her experience and language abilities to research ancient relics. She lives in Washington, D.C. (amusingly, at The Watergate) and works as an archaeologist at the Smithsonian. She is a gorgeous and elegant figure who is also lonely due to her agelessness. (Costume designer Lindy Hemming capitalizes on Gadot’s height and character’s ancestry by dressing her in regal, drapey gowns that enhance her length.)

Diana is seen sitting alone at an outdoor cafe table, smiling at passers-by and wishing to create a connection. It’s the film’s quietest and most poignant scene.

So when Diana’s new coworker, Dr Barbara Minerva, arrives and humbly asks if she’d like to have lunch, she’s stumped. Barbara, too, is a misfit in her own right, thus the two quickly became friends.

Kristen Wiig’s performance as the pleasantly silly, warmhearted researcher is subtly amusing in these early scenes. I wished she and Gadot were starring in a mismatched buddy comedy instead because of the connection they have when they meet for drinks at happy hour with the Washington Monument gleaming behind them in the distance. The part allows Wiig to deliver her lines with her usual wry, self-deprecating deadpan; it appears effortless but necessitates pinpoint precision.

However, it’s fun to watch her expand and grow into a malevolent figure as the movie proceeds. It’s a significant change of pace for the comic, and she physically and emotionally rises to the challenge.

Barbara, you see, gets her hands on a weird stone that comes into the lab, and she and Diana figure out that it’s the kind that offers the bearer one wish. Diana thinks she could be with her long-lost love, Pine’s Steve Trevor, who has been dead for nearly seven decades. Barbara thinks she could be more like Diana: self-assured, powerful, and seductive.

But then wait for it another individual enters the lab, posing as a benefactor when, in reality, he wants the stone for his own malicious goals. Pedro Pascal plays Maxwell Lord, a fluffy-haired TV scam artist who promises riches to the masses. Maxwell Lord is an exemplar of the times, putting on an affluent persona and living beyond his means.

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However, there isn’t much to this character outside his reckless need for power and respect, and Pascal’s portrayal becomes increasingly ridiculous. On “The Mandalorian,” he’s given the chance to exhibit greater range beneath his Baskar steel helmet and armour, allowing him to be a sensitive performer.

The pandemonium that ensues when wish fulfilment goes awry takes up the majority of the overlong “WW84” running time. As they either investigate their newfound powers or the implications of their choices, the storyline wanders awkwardly between all three of these characters.

The rules for wishing on the stone change throughout the way in whatever way is necessary to keep the plot moving forward. However, there are also very exhilarating moments along the route to the generally flashy, noisy conclusions, such as a heart-pounding chase across the Egyptian desert, which allows Diana to demonstrate both her resourcefulness and her benevolence. Barbara’s metamorphosis from quiet scientist to ass-kicking seductress is a joy to see, largely because her clothing and hair evolve so beautifully, and she appears to be having the most fun of anybody on film. (Unfortunately, Gadot and Pine’s connection is strangely lifeless this time, despite the potential poignancy of being reunited with your one true love.)

Barbara’s arc is the most interesting aspect of the film until she transforms into the comic book villain Cheetah and resembles a refugee from “Cats,” but until then, her arc is the most engaging feature of the film.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Review conclusion: “Wonder Woman 1984” does, however, provide a nice diversion and a much-needed message of hope at the close of this dumpster fire of a year. These days, we’ll take such distractions wherever we can get them, whether it’s in a cinema or from the comfort of our couch. It’s all right. It even soars at moments. However, it had the potential to be amazing.