Wonder Woman proves to be the heart and soul of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) following its Christmas release. The film is filled with love and hope, a perfect escapist for this pandemic. It is the sequel to the (2017) hit superhero film. Although it didn’t hit the bar of its predecessor, thankfully, the star-studded cast lived up to the expectations.
Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman / Diana, living in Washington, and works as an anthropologist at the Smithsonian. She keeps up fighting crime but maintains her identity unknown. At work, she meets Barbara (Kristen Wiig), an insecure woman who befriends Diana for her beauty and confidence. The two bonded when one of the recent antiquities turns out to be the “Dreamstone,” a stone that grants wishes of those who come into contact with it – including Diana and Barbara. When businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) sets his grip on the stone, his wish has consequences that lead to widespread chaos. Chris Pine also returns as Steve Trevor and is reunited with Diana to save the world again.
Unfortunately, Wonder Woman 1984 comes up short compared to its predecessor. The 2 hours and 31 minutes run time feels heavy and overstuffed. It has slow pacing with some unclear plot details but becomes clear later on. These may be forgivable to fans but may lead to frustrations for some viewers.
However, like the first installment, Wonder Woman never fails to give its viewers heart and hope. The film tells a love story, and at the same time, the feeling of loss. Diana becomes the symbol of hope and optimism. Even with powers, she proves that she is also vulnerable to pain. The film’s light tone helps send this message, and it’s clear that the DCEU is leaning towards this direction. It is one of those great what-ifs of the DCEU if the Superman films have carried out this tone?
Gadot is so fantastic and gives us every reason to smile. Chris Pine’s return also helps the film sets its tone. He adds emotion and humor. The chemistry between the two is effortless. They are one of the superhero film couples of the ages. Kristen Wiig is also fantastic in her character as Barbara. However, her most anticipated character could’ve been more. Not to blame Kristen, but her character transformation is not enough. Also, their climactic battle with our hero, in the end, is quite a bit short. Another head-turner in the film is Pedro Pascal. In The Mandalorian, fresh from playing Din Djarin, Pascal’s take as Maxwell Lord shows why he’s one of the talented actors out there. Ultimately, these heart-driven characters save the narrative, and that’s what makes this film great.
Director Patty Jenkins still gets our attention despite the film’s flaws. She entirely sends the message to all of us at home to don’t give up hope and continue to love each other therefore solidifies this film to watch this pandemic.
Wonder Woman is now showing to selected cinemas and streaming on HBO Max.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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