Wonder Woman 1984 review: Gal Gadot on a neon-injected thrill ride

Wonder Woman 1984 review: Gal Gadot's return a wild, neon-injected thrill ride


Wonder Woman returns for her 80s adventure.

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Wonder Woman more than a year after 1984 Original release date And Multiple epidemic delays, DC Blockbuster is finally here (and already streaming on HBO Max). Fortunately, the delay has not hurt the 2017 sequel Amazing woman Star Gal Gadot and as director Patty jenkins Give a superhero movie full of surprises.

Streaming on HBO Max in the US until January 25, in this latest entry DC Extended Universe VOD has also come to fans in the UK and other countries.

After a flashback to our protagonist’s home island establishes the film’s central theme through a spectacular opening sequence, we jump back decades to find Diana (Gadot), the most imaginative place of the ’80s Prevents Crime: A Shopping Mall. This prepares us well for neon-tinged Cold War-era adventure.

Even though almost 70 years have passed since the events of the first film, the immortal denigod Diana has not progressed beyond the loss of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). He was the first man she’d ever seen, and that drove her away from her life of ecstasy and superheroes, so I guess it makes sense.

Amidst this loneliness, she befriends fellow museum worker Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig). He is a socially awkward character seen in countless films of the 80s, a person he ignores or forgets. Wiig used his bridesmaids-turned-comedic chops to good use as the reasonably powerless Barbara, making him perfectly patient with occasional bubbles, and a nice contrast to Gadot’s more sticky Diana Provide.


Barbara Minerva takes a stylish turn as her character develops.

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Minerva’s villainy plays down that relationship, and as the film progresses, it becomes more intense (and quieter). She loses her charm a lot, as she deteriorates, and becomes a highly shocked villain.

The main villain is Max Lord (Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal) fits another acquaintance’ – the head of a failed business whose clever TV attracts infomercials to a pyramid scheme. Desperate for true success, he wants to track down an ancient stone that can grant wishes.


Max Lord is a man of style.

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Pascal greatly influenced the charm he saw in his Game of Thrones character Oberian Martel In Smooth God, making her a fine body with a sharp retro suit. We never miss their emotional turmoil, even if it has some distracting logical jumps when it comes to the powers they gain (although these jumps are ultimately enchanted, because they are magic ).

Diana soon finds herself dealing with the return of Steve Trevor, setting up a nice flip of the dynamic she carries in the first film. He is not the same wide-eyed fish out of water he last met – until 1984 he is in tune with the modern world, while his last memories are of 1918. It sends us on a fun tour of the 80s. They investigate the reason for his return as Washington DC.

Gadot and Pine are as much fun to ever see in this colorful setting. Even they manage to bring Wonder Woman’s most ridiculous gadgets into this cinematic universe altogether, giving the film a warm emotional grounding as Prabhu goes on a will-inspiring journey and events. They become increasingly chaotic.

There are no major action sequences in one part of the film, but the characters are so entangled that you won’t get bored. And when there is action, it is a joy. Diana’s powers introduce plenty of visual diversity (though some CGIs are surprisingly weak), while composer Hans Jimmer uses his epic theme music to achieve your adrenaline pumping.

Surprisingly, the film does not tap into many 80s songs to set the scene, like 2019 Captain marvel Did with his 90s soundtrack, which led to a heavy lifting of Jimmer’s score. Instead, colorful dress and space, big hair and beige offices bring us to the era.

As most engaging in this adventure, it takes a little longer at 2 hours and 31 minutes. Finale’s location is also a little lower and deeper, considering all the lively places we already see.

Wonder Woman works beautifully as a followup to the 2017 adventure of the 1984 superhero, expanding Diana’s character and leaning into the 80s with style. It is easily the most emotionally engaging DC Extended Universe movie, with eye-popping action scenes, vivid settings, and a positive message that is a breath of fresh air. Jenkins could be the next stop Galaxy far, far away, But let’s hope that he and Gadot reunite soon for another DC adventure.

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