‘Wonder Woman 1984’ enters the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) as the 9th film in the cinematic universe. After a stuttering and somewhat, disappointing start to the proposed DC world, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ flies to the top and becomes the best movie of the series so far. After enduring box-office bombs, internal issues on productions (Justice League and Suicide Squad), awful casting decisions (Suicide Squad) and a male centric universe, Diana Prince, or known as Wonder Woman is the shining light of this universe and deserves the top spot.
In this film, we catch up with Diana in the year 1984. Many years have passed since her first solo movie set during World War 1. These days, she is lying low in Washington, D.C as a senior Anthropologist, whilst protecting the citizens of D.C as Wonder Woman. Her world is turned upside down when a mysterious artefact is presented to the museum which holds the ability to grant you any wish you desire. Enter Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a failing businessman who is desperate for success and will do anything to achieve it. Once he has his hands on this artefact, he starts to wreak havoc on D.C and the world as his ego and desire for total power have grave effects on the world.
We have a love/hate relationship with the DCEU. Many movies that have been introduced since its inception with ‘Man of Steel’ back in 2013 have severely disappointed us thus far. But what is certain, is that these two instalments of the Wonder Woman films have been a step in a positive direction for the franchise, and we believe, the driving force and powerhouse going forward. Even though we enjoyed the first film back in 2017, this sequel has stepped up Diana’s story to another level. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is an example and a staple for what the DCEU could be in the future. It’s easily the best screenplay of all DCEU movies so far and one of the most enjoyable, too. But what makes it a great success is its blockbuster feel. During these times, new releases feel like a rarity, but if there was to be one film that brought us out of our funk and ended the cinematic year on a high, it’s this film. On a visual scale, the film is brilliant to look at and immerse yourself in. Especially in the IMAX screenings, its best to enjoy this film the way it was intended to be seen. Especially for its grand opening which is a thrill ride.
Honestly, we didn’t expect to be so amazed at what we saw. Yes, ‘Wonder Woman’ was a good movie but its sequel is a huge step up in quality all round and benefits from a fantastic cast that are all on top of their game. Gal Gadot brings a freshness and familiarity to the role once again and shows off a side of Diana we haven’t seen before, vulnerability. As always, Chris Pine is brilliant as Steve Trevor. His return to the series is done in a very smart way but we won’t go into further details as to how that happens. The two new cast members joining the film are Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. Wiig playing Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, and although we’re not her biggest fans, this has to be her best work yet. Pedro Pascal joins the crew following his so far brilliant run as The Mandalorian in the popular Disney+ series. Following his quick rise to fame, Pascal continues his impressive run of work as Maxwell Lord and is one of the more inventive and fun characters that has been exposed to the DCEU so far.
Our only gripe with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is its run time at two and a half hours. It could do with being slightly shorter but that’s a very small grip that we have. Apart from that, the film itself is an absolute joy to watch and rounds off what has been an extremely strange and worrying time for our cinematic adventures. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is available in UK cinemas right now. It’s released in cinemas and HBO Max on Christmas Day in the United States.
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