★★ | by Emma Levett
Posted on Dec 28, 2020
Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s — an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she’s come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artefacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she squares off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.
Wonder Woman 1984 fell short of the mark because there wasn’t enough of the main ingredient which made this DC element unique and empowering… Wonder Woman herself! If the film was called Maxwell Lord 1984, the ratings would have been exceptionally higher.
The film starts with the nostalgia of an Amazonian competition where a young Diana Price (Wonder Woman) competes, only to lose, by being thrust back by her mentor for taking a short cut. Other than being set up for the deafening onslaught of the same principle and moral outlook of opting, to tell the truth, I can’t see how the race relates to the rest of the film.
At first, the audience was thrust into an intriguing outlook on Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) lonely new world, settling into human life in the day, fighting crime undercover at night. We see Diana analyzing ancient artifacts and forming a bond with the weird and wonderful Barbara Minerva (Kirsten Wig). Kirsten Wig, in my opinion, saved the film in many places, using her delectable charm and geeky mannerisms nicely balanced the quick evolution of her character into the villain of Cheetah. Barbara would later find a ‘dreamstone’ that grants wishes to those that touch it and from this moment on, the film unravels into a villain-centric mess. Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) takes up way too much airtime prior to and after encompassing the stone. Maxwell’s hunt for oil was generic and to be frank, really boring!
The most disappointing event from the film was Diana unknowingly wishing for Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) back. The constant pining of her departed boyfriend (pun intended) from Wonder Woman undermined the courage and strength of the female superhero lead. The storyline dominated the film for me. As if it couldn’t get any worse, the character became weaker, both literally and hypothetically, resulting in the audience being deprived for the vast majority of the film of epic battle scenes. The only strength and stunts we saw from Gal Gadot came from a fight scene in a shopping mall.
Overall, I’m left with a sour taste in my mouth from trying to drink my ice blast through a paper straw and knowing that Wonder Woman was happier with her boyfriend, then being the badass we know and love in the first film. Like always, leaving a negative review on a good note, the depiction of the 80s through fashion and technology was amazing and well thought out.
Nothing good is born from lies. And greatness is not what you think. – Diana Prince