I loved the first film so much, it was easily my favourite in the DCEU. So now imagine my disappointment. Parts were good, but mostly it’s just…meh.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Screenwriter: Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig |
Genre: Action, Superheroes
Runtime: 151 Minutes
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Diana, now working in a museum in Washington DC in 1984, comes into contact with an ancient artefact that can grant wishes. After examining it with a co-worker, they both make wishes on it, never expecting them tom come true. Barbara wishes to be sexy and confident and powerful like Diana. And Diana of course wishes to be reunited with Steve Trevor. When these wishes come true, it seems to good to be true, and when the artifact is stolen by a power hungry business man who begins to use the stone to cause chaos, Diana starts to see there is a cost to having your wishes granted.
I was initially so so excited for the release of this film. And then when I saw that Chris Pine was returning in his role as Steve Trevor I was so confused as to how, and why? And more than anything I hoped the writers came up with a good reason or way for him to be there. Instead, we are given the most cop-out plot device in order to bring back the character. It’s great to see them on screen together again, but in my opinion they lacked the chemistry they had in the first film. It was interesting to see their roles reversed, with Steve being the fish out of water and Diana being the one with all the answers, but it feels like he was put there just to have some emotional stakes in the film and it wasn’t the plot line that I was hoping for.
There are still plenty of costumed hero type antics. And the actioned scenes are well choreographed and well shot, which are always the best parts of Superhero movies anyway. The scenes in the White House were my particular favourites. And the flying scenes, both in the plane and out of it were pretty cool but I had more problems with the plot than I had things I liked.
Below par villains to be sure is one of the main problems. Kristen Wiig does a fairly decent job, though her origin story is a really sorry tale. It amazes me at this point in time Hollywood still believes removing someone’s glasses, putting them in heels and styling their hair tuns them into someone sexy. But that is her origin story. Max Lord is your typical 80s business man but instead of selling stocks, he is selling wishes. He is too over the top for me and Pedro Pascal never really embodied that character for me.
A far below par sequel for me, This will go down as one of my most disappointing of the year I fear.
WW1984 is available for Premium VOD now on multiple platforms, I got mine for £15.99 on Amazon Prime Video.