REVIEW: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is Everything Wonder Woman Fans Have Been Wishing For
After many delays, Wonder Woman 1984 is finally here, and it was definitely worth every second of the wait.
Wonder Woman 1984‘s plot is unexpected in the best possible way. The film’s trailers and clips hold much of the actual storyline back, and it is a nice surprise for the viewers to see unfold. While this is a superhero movie, one of the best things is the storytelling aspect of it. We see these characters face the ultimate question, if you had one wish, what would it be? The source of this question: a stone.
The concepts in this film are lessons that can apply to any viewer. Would you want something if it was a lie? Would you make a wish if you knew the cost? Most importantly, would you be willing to give it all up for the greater good?
Before jumping into all of the action of the ’80s, we see young Diana, and while the scene could be dismissed at first, as you get into the plot, it connects full circle to Diana’s later choices and ending of the film. This shows that the importance of truth truly applies to us in every stage of our life, no matter what situation; nothing good is born from lies. Full circle moments like this always make the film really resonate with the audience.
Gal Gadot proves once again why she is the perfect actress to play the title role. She captivates in every scene from beginning to end. Her seamless portrayal of such an iconic hero has you on the edge of your seat and on the same emotional rollercoaster that her character experiences. One of the best gems was whenever the camera panned to Wonder Woman interacting with children, specifically young girls, and seeing the way they stare at her in awe, which mirrors real life fan reactions and really shows how important and valuable representation on screen is. There are going to be so many females, regardless of their age, looking at Gadot and her character the same way as those young girls during this film.
After Steve heartbreakingly dies in the first film, one of the biggest questions for this film was how Chris Pine’s beloved character would return for the second one. It seems that just as fans were wishing for Steve Trevor’s return, so was Diana. The film manages to pull off Pine’s return perfectly without making it seem forced. You get attached to his character all over again and remember why he was such a fan-favorite in the first film. Not to mention how amazing it was seeing Steve discovering everything the ’80s has to offer, especially all of the new fashion. He is also the heart of the humor for this film and provides lighthearted moments despite it being such an action packed movie.
Kristen Wiig’s character was definitely an interesting one to see unfold and transform. Wiig plays the role so well and you feel for her character from the second she comes onto the screen. Barbara is really the character that shows how someone can be pushed to their breaking point. Your heart breaks as we see how she feels that she has to change herself to be liked, losing her true qualities in the process. It’s impossible not to sympathize with her. Wiig manages to balance the concept of power and desperation so well as we see her transform into the Cheetah.
Pedro Pascal’s talent truly shines in the role of Max Lord. Again, like the character of Barbara, we see how Pascal’s character acts out of desperation, except we also see his greed. He can’t just be happy with one wish, he wants all of them. The scary part is, many can relate to his drive to be the best and succeed, no matter the cost. That level of ultimate power can blind anyone, yet we see his humanity whenever he interacts with his son, specifically in their final scene together; that final scene is the best insight into the character of Max Lord. Pascal manages to really remind audiences how complex a character can be, even if they are the supposed villain of the story.
There is a magic when Gadot and Pine share the screen. They make a fantastic duo and their characters are the same astonishing team from the first film. Seeing Diana and Steve reuniting was a beautiful moment and it sucks you right back into why you fell in love with their relationship in the first place. The audience feels the absolute heartbreak that both characters feel when they eventually have to say goodbye to each other in order to save the world. This scene also shows how much faith Steve has in Diana— knowing she is meant for great things and that she is the only one able to save the world, without his help. You wish more than anything that the two of them could get the happy ending they deserve, especially after seeing their continued journey together in this film, but ultimately they do teach viewers an important lesson; it is okay to let go of the past and move forward. Their final scene together is enough to bring anyone to tears and both actors deliver some of their best performances of the film during it. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of sweet moments between the two before their goodbye, from flying together in an invisible jet to him being there to catch her whenever she falls.
And if you’re looking for action, don’t worry, the film definitely does not disappoint when it comes to that either. Wonder Woman 1984 balances the story and action sequences by making them work together. One of the best ones involves Gadot, Pine, Wiig, and Pascal. While Gadot shines in each one with her boldness, these scenes also show what a great team she makes with Pine. Their characters fit so well together in these scenes, which is one of the many reasons why fans love their dynamic together so much. Diana is always the hero, never the damsel in distress for these scenes, which is so crucial for true representation and this iconic role. Steve is there to support her and always gets involved in the perfect moments, having her back the whole time and showing that while they are a team, Diana is not weak for needing his help. This dynamic is essential, especially when it depicts the females of the film (Diana and Barbara) getting harassed while clearly uninterested in multiple different scenes. While some of these scenes are subtle, others are definitely noticeable and relatable, especially to female viewers. Wiig absolutely kills her first big action scene, showing what a great addition she was to the cast.
The film coming out on Christmas day is very fitting because it is a true gift for all Wonder Woman and DC fans. Wonder Woman 1984 is now in theaters, as well as on HBO Max to stream from the comfort of your home. Be sure you stick around until the very end because the film will have a post-credits scene that is a gem in itself.