Wonder Woman 1984 is the perfect movie to distract the world from everything happening at the moment.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 was released on Dec. 25, 2020 in select theaters and made its streaming service debut on HBO Max exclusively.
After several COVID-19-induced delays from release dates stretching summer to fall and finally Christmas of 2020, the sequel has finally been released. Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as the title character, as well as Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal.
Wonder Woman 1984 serves as a decent sequel to its 2017 predecessor. Smacked in the middle of a colorful era, the time period doesn’t necessarily serve much of a purpose to the film’s plot; however, it almost gives it some campiness. The 1980s setting, references, and occasional music almost seem to serve as a marketing ploy for the movie, as the era seems to be very in right now.
In its 151 minute runtime, Diana Prince (Gadot) lives among normal mortal people, working at the Smithsonian in D.C. There, she befriends Barbara Minerva (Wiig). The pair later discover a wish-granting stone, the Dreamstone. Diana wishes for her dead lover, Steve Trevor (Pine), to come back to life, though she does it unknowingly. After discovering Diana’s super powers, Barbara wishes for some of her own.
A spiraling businessman, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), wishes to acquire the Dreamstone in hopes of saving his failing oil company. Through seduction and secrets, Maxwell, also known as “Max Lord,” teams up with Barbara, who has taken on fierce cheetah-like powers and abilities. The two take the Dreamstone, and Diana and Steve must defeat them.
Wonder Woman 1984 is actually a decent sequel to its original. I wouldn’t say it necessarily works or functions like a normal sequel, because there’s not as much reference to the 2017 blockbuster as I would’ve expected.
The film clearly makes the most of its D.C. location and time period, with a good amount of references and only things possible in D.C. -- like White House scenes and meeting with the president.
All in all, I enjoyed the sequel. Its lengthy runtime certainly feels long, but this latest installment in the Wonder Woman story doesn’t feel as boring or pressured as its predecessor. For fans of superhero movies or the DC universe, it is a new checkbox on your list of movies to watch.