Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Rating: 6/10

Wonder Woman is still kicking in the 80s. But, after a friend of hers uncovers a sculpture that grants anyone who touches it a single wish, Wonder Woman has to find out how to reverse it before nuclear armageddon happens.

Well, this movie was okay. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad either. Mostly, it was LOOOOOONNNNGG! I thought we were over the superhero “bloat” at this point. We don’t want extra’s just for the sake of them, only if it adds more to the story somehow. That’s not really the problem, the problem is that each and every scene is about a minute longer than it needed to be. Every scene went the extra mile, when it really didn’t have to, in order to give us this extra footage. The pace is grindingly slow when I feel a fast, tight pace is what really was called for.

As a one-shot storyline that feels, at first, like it’s a more private adventure involving Wonder Woman and nothing world threatening has to be involved. But someone felt it was necessary for nuclear weapons to be in the air within the last 5 minutes of the film. Actually I feel like they were trying to jam as much into the ending as possible but it turns this from a simple adventure to something so complicated that everything else kind of falls apart.

There are a lot of parts I like in this movie though, but when considering the sum of its parts, there’s a lot that could have been done a lot better. I still enjoyed this more than not. Except for the overblown ending, this had a good 80s feel to it while being low on action it was high on concept, just maybe not enough care given to presentation. Also, the acting throughout is very good, especially Kristen Wiig who is absolutely amazing in this film.

Also, why 1984? That made me think it had something to do with the George Orwell book. Being that it doesn’t…at all, it’s more disappointing than anything else. They could have picked 83 or 85, why 84? This isn’t anything to do with the movie but adding this year to the title doesn’t make sense and feels like a missed opportunity to me.

SCORING:

+6: It was fine

+1: I liked most of it up to the…

-2: …Big, dumb ending

+1: Good acting

-1: Scenes are too long

+1: Bonus point because Kristen Wiig makes a great villain, she’s very good at this character actually and I hope they can work her into the sequel somehow

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