Wonder Woman 1984 is a love letter to fans worldwide. Director Patty Jenkins’s bright, bold, unapologetic sequel to her first foray into the DC universe delivers a vision of Diana Prince ripped straight from the comic books. Nothing in this film is muted, gray, bleak, or requires the help of a reclusive billionaire from Gotham city. Wonder Woman 1984 captures a spirit born over 70 years ago and shares it with a new generation of fans. Wonder Woman is meant to represent the ideals we hold so dearly. At a very young age, we are taught to be truthful, put others before our own needs, and always do what is right. What happens when you’ve spent a lifetime doing all these things and are growing weary of it? Perhaps, it would now be time to start considering your own needs. Would you compromise your own ideals to get what you want? This conflict is at the heart of Wonder Woman 1984.
The film’s narrative centers around Diana’s (Gal Gadot) current work as an archaeologist at the Smithsonian Institute and a certain stone that the FBI recovered after Wonder Woman stopped a robbery in progress. The authorities have no idea about the origins of this rock and have enlisted the Smithsonian’s assistance. This is where we first come across Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), a geologist recently brought in to work behind the scenes. They both can surmise that there’s more to this stone that meets the eye. This isn’t just a simple run of the mill gem. It certainly has the eye of local con-man Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), who seemingly won’t stop until this item belongs to him. Rather than elaborate any further, I’d rather allow audiences both at home and in theaters to be full of wonder before seeing Wonder Woman 1984; let’s say this stone is connected to Steve Trevor’s surprising return, Barbara’s sudden personality change, Maxwell’s rapid ascent to greatness, and everything going to hell rather rapidly (which isn’t a spoiler if you’ve seen the trailer).
Performance-wise, Gal Gadot reaffirms why she was born to play Diana Prince. Gadot brings the perfect combination of inner strength, physicality, and warmth to the role. Remember, Diana’s compassion and empathy are important parts of who she is and will always be. Chris Pine is perfect as Steve Trevor, and seeing him in 80’s attire ignited a desire in me to see him in a buddy cop film set in the 1980s ASAP. Anything to see him rocking parachute pants again. Wiig and Pascal certainly stood out the most to me in Wonder Woman 1984. The strength of Wiig’s performance how slight she was in revealing her character’s eventual turn. Pascal’s portrayal of Lord was so brash and over the top that it invoked memories of televangelists like Jim Bakker.
Overall, Wonder Woman 1984 will bring so much joy to fans of the comic book genre. Jenkins and company are giving fans some light in the sea of darkness that was 2020. How anyone chooses to see it is up to them. The theatrical experience is ideal for anyone who has theaters open in their area of the world. However, HBO Max giving this film the 4k HDR treatment is tremendous and should give fans more than enough reason to subscribe to sign up for Warner Brothers streaming service.