Wonder Woman 1984
So I am a week late to join the bandwagon. With no new releases this weekend, I decided to take the plunge and watch Wonder Woman 1984, a sequel to the 2017 smash hit Wonder Woman. Now there are a lot of debates on who is better – Marvel or DC. While Marvel has been churning out a bunch of superhero movies every year, DC has relatively been quite. The thing with DC comics is that they are quite dark and not meant for everyone. That said, there have been far to insipid versions of their superheroes, barring Wonder Woman who was a welcome change from the Alpha male superheroes. Is the sequel as good as the first part, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Set in 1984, Wonder Woman 1984 is another episode in the life of Diana. Will she be able to save the world all over again? I really liked the story and the portrayal of Diana here. Possibly a conscious effort was made by the writers to present her in a more human form. The screenplay is a slow burn if I have to compare it with the first part. Things could have been hurried a tad further as you don’t see the action up until the second hour. But I thoroughly enjoyed the plot development which was a lot more believable for me. Also another positive was the compassion in the screenplay. There was mo mindless action as opposed to a franchise featuring a male superhero. This had that tenderness which was refreshing to see. If you are going in with expectations of seeing massive action sequences then you may end up being disappointed especially in the first hour. But according to me, an effort was made to make it believable and that has to be lauded!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are definitely good especially the part of the monologue right at the end. The BGM is alright, nothing out of the box, at the same time not bad either. Director Patty Jenkins definitely brings a sense of freshness with a dash of compassion in the drama, which was the highlight for me. Her direction is pretty good!
Pedro Pascal as Max Lord is quite good. Kristen Wiig as Barbera is outstanding and I just enjoyed her character arc. Chris Pine as Steve is enjoyable to watch. But the show belongs to our Super Wonder Woman Gal Gadot who is excellent as Diana. She breathes life into her role. Her smile just melts you and her action sequences are fun to watch. It is safe to say that she is the soul of the movie.
Wonder Woman 1984 may fall short of expectations from its predecessor but is still engaging and fun to watch. The message at the end is something that stays with you after the film is over. Available in a theatre near you. Remember to take your Wonder Woman with you!