Charlie Monson ('21) is a senior at Sartell High School. This is the second time she has taken Journalism and couldn't be happier to start writing again....
Wonder Woman 1984, where’s the wonder?
December 31, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984, like other movies set to release this year, got pushed back to later dates due to covid; originally set for a summer release of June 5th, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 was available for streaming on HBO Max and in select theaters on December 25th, 2020.
Set 66 years after the first Wonder Woman movie took place, Diana finds herself in a futuristic world of bright neon colors, perms, and lots of hairspray. She is living her life to the fullest, working at the Smithsonian by day and fighting crime on her lunch breaks and all through the night.
Everything seems to be going great for Diana until a new co-worker, Barbara Minerva (aka Cheetah) gets assigned to help the FBI research a strange gem. The gem in question is a sort of ancient artifact that can grant wishes, and of course, both Diana and Barbara casually decide to make life-altering wishes. Barbara wishes to be cool and powerful like Diana, and Diana wishes her dead boyfriend, Steve Trevor, back to life. Woohoo! This can’t have any underlying consequences at all.
To jump around a little bit, Maxwell Lord, a power-hungry businessman of a failing oil industry, wants to get his dirty little pyramid scheme-y hands on this wishing gem. This sets him up to be the main villain of the movie. He steals the gem, uses it to advance his company, and wishes to fuse himself with the gem, which allows him to grant wishes for other people.
The movie sort of spirals out of control once Max acquires these powers. He travels all over the world wreaking havoc everywhere he goes. Diana and Steve follow him around the globe as he does so, trying and failing to put an end to his destruction. Soon they follow him all the way to the White House where he manipulates the President into making a list of bad wishes, which sparks a growing war between the US and Russia.
And instead of trying her hardest to put an end to this growing war, Diana is more worried about losing Steve again and spends a whole scene learning how to fly while the world is in ruins below her. Prioritize a little bit Diana.
This movie is all over the place, and I did not enjoy most of it; the almost 3-hour runtime being one of them. The movie felt like it was being dragged on forever, to the point where my family and I just wanted it to end. To be frank, I can talk on and on about all the things I didn’t like about this movie, but I thought I should maybe include some things I did like about it since I do love Gadot’s Wonder Woman so much.
The beginning was home to some of the best scenes throughout the whole movie, where young Diana competes against all these grown-up Amazons in a triathlon, where she almost wins. I loved seeing Barbara slowly transform into this powerful villain who is almost equal to Diana and to eventually see her become the iconic Cheetah. The invisible jet finally makes an appearance (my sister and I started cheering), and there was a post-credit scene where the one and only Lynda Carter (the OG Wonder Woman from the ’70s) makes an appearance.
Other than that, the movie spent a lot of time focusing on Max and building his character when he really wasn’t that interesting and kept circling around a plot that really made no sense in the long run. I wish they would have just stuck to having Barbara/Cheetah be the main villain, or focused a little more on the relationship between Steve and Diana and how seeing each other again was such a big deal. I also would have liked to know why Diana is keeping her Wonder Woman persona a secret since she wasn’t afraid of showing people who she really was in the first movie.
Like many people, I had very high expectations for this movie and was severely disappointed when it didn’t live up to those expectations (especially with a runtime close to that of Avengers: Endgame). If I were you, I would stick to just watching the first Wonder Woman movie because I have nothing but good things to say about that masterpiece (chefs kiss).
You can check out the trailer below for Wonder Woman 1984.