Review: Wonder Woman 1984
When it comes to the 80's on film/TV right now, I think the market is completely oversaturated and I'm over watching content featuring it aside from Stranger Things, but Wonder Woman 1984 absolutely commits to being an 80's action movie and I admire Patty Jenkins for that. Plenty of other filmmakers sprinkle it in to scream "look at me!" but she goes all in. Even the annoying tropes, like a woman removing her glasses and instantly becoming hot work here.
I get it, the premise *is* silly. It's a bit of a stretch to bring Steve (Chris Pine) back but he's the character that makes the movie aside from Gadot herself. I'd even argue that their chemistry is even better this time around, and Steve reacting to the new world was so precious and hilarious. When they inevitably have to say goodbye again (I don't think that's a spoiler, we all know where Diana is currently in the DCEU) I almost cried. They're perfect together.
Pedro Pascal is great as Max Lord. I was expecting him to be over the top and goofy, and he is at times but he ended up being a lot more layered than that. Less successful is Kristen Wiig as Barbara/Cheetah. She started out fine, but when the film needed her to be more edgy, she failed. I'm not a fan of Wiig's, so likely that's some of me projecting, but I didn't care for her character at all. I'm also really bothered by one facet of her story, where they treat her getting revenge on someone who tries to sexually assault her earlier in the film as her big move from good to evil. That was an awful choice. That offended me more than the terrible CGI when she becomes full Cheetah. (which they thankfully use a lot of quick cuts so we don't have time to focus on it.)
Of course, the stare is Gadot as Diana. I just adore her in this role. I was never someone who was interested in Wonder Woman growing up but I have been since meeting this version. I like that Diana isn't perfect, that she deals with being lonely even though she's so powerful and has so much. She really flourished once she got away from Snyder's direction.
While Wonder Woman 1984 might not have a groundbreaking No Man's Land type sequence like it's predecessor, it's more consistent tone wise throughout and I enjoyed it.
Memorable Quote: "Well shit, Diana!" - Steve (Chris Pine)