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Moral of the Movie - Review

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Action/Adventure/Superhero, Directed by Patty Jenkins | Rating: Forgettable One-Night Stand | Published: Sept. 2, 2022, 11:49 a.m.


In a world where newer and bigger things are released just about every week, it can be easy to be full of desire and greed for a better life. In doing so, however, one misses out on the important parts of life that we already have like love, family, and life itself. Long story short though, greed is bad, truth is all we have, we shouldn’t get hung up on things of the past.


This film adaptation of Wonder Woman is mainly made for those who were interested in the interpersonal dynamics of the character’s life more than anything else. If you felt like the 2017 version Wonder Woman needed more intimacy, dragged out moments, and a slower pace, then this is what you’ve been waiting for.


Having seen and absolutely loved Wonder Woman (2017) in theaters three years ago, I couldn’t wait to watch Wonder Woman 1984. This film had everything going for it and all the ingredients that make a super (pun intended) good movie. Hans Zimmer at the helm of its score. A director with an impeccable track record including the first Wonder Woman. A charming and talented cast. Where could it go wrong? In the writing. The plot is full of motivations and abilities that seemingly come out of nowhere. Because of this, the film feels out of touch with reality or logic, which simply took me out of the world that I wanted to be immersed in. This is a bad case of sequelitis (sequels are rarely better than the first). Interestingly, while most sequels try to make everything bigger and better, Wonder Woman 1984 went with the opposite approach and focused on making the story more intimate. There’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but the way it was handled in WW84 ultimately falls flat in its execution. We’re introduced with new characters and new circumstances for old characters, but it didn’t feel like anything new to me. The action sequences didn’t have the same chill factor that those of the first one did. I legit got chills from those sequences. From these ones... not so much. The film is somewhat redeemed by its performances with Gadot embodying the core elements of what it means to be Wonder Woman and Pascal hitting all the right notes with what he was given as the film’s main antagonist. Lastly, it’s important to note how colorful and exciting WW84’s marketing made it out to be. The music and action shown in the trailers made it seem like a fun 80s version of the emotional rollercoaster that the first one was. It turned out to be far from it and took itself too seriously. Again, this film has all the right ingredients but it was taken out of the oven too early. I don’t pretend to know how it could be improved. I just report what worked for me and what didn’t. In the end, however, Wonder Woman 1984 is a generic take on the character that inspired so many with the first installment but still manages to draw some entertainment value due to its endearing cast. Ps. How are they going to use one of the most overused pieces of film score (Adagio in D Minor) for THAT cloud scene when you have HANS ZIMMER scoring your movie?!?! Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

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