MOVIE REVIEW! – ‘WW84’ (Wonder Woman 1984)

30-Second Review:

Has nothing to do with the DCEU soooo…unless you are a HARDCORE Wonder Woman fan it’s 2hr 20min of your life. The good news is that Cheetah doesn’t completely suck; the bad news is Wonder Woman doesn’t have any A-Level villains to fight. This made me want to watch Justice League again. I don’t even LIKE the Justice league movie.

FULL REVIEW!

Off the bat, Wonder Woman takes place in the 1980s and feels like an attempt by DC to create the success of Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel‘, which itself was another superhero period piece (1990s).

I will stay largely spoiler-free, but you should know that – unlike Captain Marvel – WW84 is a standalone movie with no real connection to the current DCEU. If you are looking for a companion piece to the current DC storyline, I will save you two and a half hours. (zzz)

That being said… you can really only compare to the original Wonder Woman movie, which I thought was excellent except for that Dreadful ending.

Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Kristen Wiig (SNL Alumni) are the two antagonists. They do well enough with their characters, but I was expecting something different – something MORE 🤷🏽‍♂️ . Pedro plays C-Level DC comic book villain Max Lord, and trust me, it doesn’t matter.

‘My blonde wig is the best FX in this movie’

…instead lets talk about Kristen Wiig as Cheetah!

Ever since the trailer debuted over a year ago, I thought Wiig was a strange choice to play a super villain, but turns out her performance was…pretty good? I mean, for a C-List villain. But I must admit that the way Cheetah was created it actually had the whole ‘Batman Returns‘ vibe – when Michelle Pfeiffer became Catwoman – but Cheetah was more CGI-y.

(When you’re dealing with a supervillain who is part human/ part cheetah you better get it right. Otherwise, you get CATS And not the beloved stage version, the bizarre movie version)

The plot is a bit outrageous and over-the-top. Seeing as Wonder Woman is a mythological hero, I guess the studio decided to go with a MAGIC scenario…. which is in Stark contrast to Marvel’s entire technology based/ alien Invasion backdrop (see the pun I did there? ‘Stark’…. 🤣🤣🤣)

Overall, WW84 is about 30min too long for the story it told… especially since it’s not connected at all to the DCEU. In fact, it spent 20 minutes on a completely unnecessary and disconnected opening scene. If you walked in around the25min mark, it wouldn’t have mattered.

I don’t want to TRASH this movie but it just didn’t do much for such a fantastic character. I love Gal Gadot as WW but the plotline was so TV episode-ish.

Wonder Woman is basically a GODDESS -and yet, she’s relegated to fighting petty crimes? Ugh. As Amazing as she is, Her stunts could have been pulled off by the crew of ‘Fast and Furious’. The movie doesn’t pick up steam until the back half… and by then, things get so crazy you’re just waiting for the Final Showdown so it can end.

The mid-credit scene was great for everyone over 40 years old LOL

RATING:

3 out of 5 Stars

 

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