Now that WONDER WOMAN 1984 is out you’re probably thinking or should I say wondering (bad pun intended) if the movie is worth spending two and a half hours watching. Or if you are not an HBO Max subscriber you’re probably wondering if it’s worth signing up to watch this movie. I say yes to both questions, because not only is the brand new WONDER WOMAN 1984 on the service but also the first Wonder Woman movie as well as all 3 seasons of the Lynda Carter series and in beautiful HD. So if you want to make yourself a Wonder Woman weekend now you can.
Warner Brothers have been getting a lot of criticism lately but not a lot of studios are as welcoming to new ideas like Warner Brothers, this is how we end up with more original movies like WE’RE THE MILLERS which I’m still waiting for a sequel to. As well as Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. If you haven’t seen them I highly recommend you check them out, I feel they are A+ movies, and movies I wish they made sequels to.
The best part about WONDER WOMAN 1984 is that you don’t have to watch the first one to understand the new one. I watched it with my parents and they haven’t seen the first one and they still enjoyed the movie with minor questions which I elaborated to them during the film.
Another big positive is that certain scenes of this movie were filmed on IMAX cameras, which are included in the HBO Max release. That is huge because AVENGERS: ENDGAME, and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR were both shot exclusively on IMAX cameras but were not released in the IMAX format by Disney. The IMAX format for both Avenger’s films is also nowhere to be found on home video or on demand.
Now on to my thoughts on the reason you’re reading this article. There is plenty of action in WW1984 and although the movie is two and a half hours long it kept my attention throughout. I felt that it did go downhill in the third quarter similar to how the the last Wonder Woman movie did. But the difference between the first movie and this movie is that the first movie is the fighter/soldier Wonder Woman, but in this movie she is more of a defense fighter.
The kind that talks somebody out of fighting instead of actually fighting them. The kind that would rather block punches instead of throwing her own. And I think that is because there is two sides to Wonder Woman, and Patty Jenkins (Director of both movies) decided to portray the warriors side in the first movie and the defensive side in the second movie. I personally enjoyed the warrior side better rather than hiding from a hit in this movie. But I think it’s nice that we saw both offensive and defensive side of the same character.
The biggest let-down for me was the ending, I thought there would be a clever ending but I was disappointed. Wonder Woman then does 10 minutes of social commentary which at one point I’m like well might as well just to look into the camera and say yes you, you could be the change, go out and do it or stop doing it if you are doing bad things. Most movies are supposed to be escapism I don’t understand why they constantly have to bring in politics and Russia, I would love to watch one movie where Russia is not a scapegoat.
This movie is set in 1984 but I swear this movie could have been set in any part of that decade. By that I mean I was expecting more 1984 references, music, crazy hairstyles you know the whole nine yards and we only got a few jokes here and there. I was also disappointed there was no 80s music it felt more like a Nolan movie big dramatic music from start to finish with very tense scenes, and little humor. I will give them credit the Russian uniforms looked on point as well as the actors and if you look closely they have SU on them for Soviet Union.
They also did the Classic Hollywood trope let’s have the fight scene at night so people will be less likely to notice the bad CGI. Maybe Wonder Woman is a bad luck charm for CGI artists. I mean think about it Batman v Superman we had Doomsday. In Justice League we had Steppenwolf. Coincidence? I’m just joking.
One last thing I will like to cover is since when did Wonder Woman become Spider-Man? With her swinging aroun, and how did she lasso on thunderbolts and clouds?
In conclusion I give WONDER WOMAN 1984 a B- for Bird. As in it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s just Wonder Woman.
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