Gal Gadot starrer WONDER WOMAN 1984 is a complete entertainer that is sure to give you your money’s worth.

Wonder Woman 1984 (English) review {3.5/5} and review rating

The year 2020 has been very bad for the Indian box office. Theaters remained closed for most of the year and even after cinema halls have resumed operations, the crowd has not been as one would have expected. Thankfully, on the last weekend of the year, which coincidentally also happens to be the Christmas season, the thrilling Hollywood film Wonder Woman 1984 has hit the screens. The first part performed well in India and has accumulated a fan following. even the lead actress [Gal Gadot] A recognizable and very popular face for the Indian audience. As a result, there are tremendous expectations from the sequel not only for the moviegoers but also for the exhibitors and the industry at large. So does Wonder Woman 1984 turn out to be a great entertainer like the first part? Or does it fail to entice? Let’s analyze.

Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 is the story of a female superhero who tries to stop a madman who wants to conquer the world. The year is 1984. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) now works as a senior anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She still hasn’t met Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and misses him deeply. At the institute, a naughty girl, Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), joins and she specializes in many fields. She is insecure about her looks and shy demeanor and turns to Diana. Meanwhile, Diana remains Wonder Woman and comes to the rescue whenever the need arises. During one such stint, she saves a jewelery shop from being robbed and gets the robbers arrested. When the police investigate the crime, they learn that the shop was just a front and that the real business of the shop owners was black marketing of antiquities. The FBI sends these antiquities to the Smithsonian Institute so that they can understand its true value. Barbara has been given the responsibility. Diana also joins him out of curiosity as she is the one who foiled the robbery plan. The two stumble upon a dreamstone. According to the inscription, this mysterious object grants wishes when it comes in contact with any user. They try their luck. While Barbara wants to be sexy and confident like Diana, Diana asks for Steve. The next day, Diana slowly begins to realize that her wish is coming true. The same day, aspiring businessman and TV personality Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) visits the Smithsonian Institute. He expresses interest to become a partner in the institute. He visits the place and smokes with Barbara. Barbara, too, is struck by the interest shown by such a rich, pleasing personality. Soon, it is revealed that Maxwell is in debt and duping investors through a bogus Ponzi scheme. To get out of the mess, he needs access to the Dreamstone. That’s why he befriends Barbara. Soon, he steals the stone from Barbara on the pretext of understanding the writing from an expert friend. Maxwell wants to be a stone instead of making a normal wish and have the power to grant wishes to others. On the other hand, Diana can’t stop being happy as her wish is also granted and Steve returns from the dead. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The story of Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns is impressive and more importantly, it is not tied to any other film in the DC Universe. If one has seen the first Wonder Woman movie, one will easily understand the trend. Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham’s screenplay is gripping and even escapist. DC movies are dark but this is purely written as commercial entertainment. The dialogues are simple and sharp as needed. In Maxwell’s scenes, the one-liners are far-fetched but it suits the personality of the character.

Patty Jenkins’ direction is once again very impressive. The first part was also long at 141 minutes but it didn’t feel like a lot because every minute a lot was happening. The sequel is no exception. It is 2.31 hours long and yet, the film does not bore or drag. Some viewers may feel the lack of action in the first half. But Patty makes it clear that she’s setting things up for a gorgeous, action-packed second half in the first half. However, the narrative is much more than just action. The romance between Diana and Steve is beautifully presented and Maxwell’s crazy side too. On the other hand, the finale is entertaining but also quite didactic. And it’s a bit long too. One wish if the makers had kept this bit on hold. Also Maxwell’s flashback adds to the duration of the film. It was without a doubt an important part of the story. But it comes at a juncture when one expects fireworks and a fast-paced narrative.

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Wonder Woman is an exciting start to 1984, showing a young Diana competing in a very tough athletic competition in her state of Themyscira. An important aspect of the story is inserted at the end of this track and one understands that it will have some significance later in the story. Adult Diana’s entry sequence is straight out of a Salman Khan film and is sure to be greeted with whistles and claps. Barbara’s introduction to the narrative and her bond with Diana are sweet. One can be a bit restless as the action mostly lags behind in this hour. But no complaints as a lot is happening in the film. Steve Trevor’s revival takes the cake at this hour. Also watch out for the scene when Steve blows an airplane through fireworks. It has a Disney-like cute touch and will be lapped up. After the hiatus, the action finally unfolds and moves to another level. It’s not just about Diana trying to save Maxwell by destroying the world; Barbara’s track also plays an important role and increases stress levels. The climax, though didactic, makes an impact. The mid-credits scene is quite a surprise.

Speaking of performances, Gal Gadot has again delivered an incredible performance in the lead role. He is a pro in action sequences. But she rocks the most in romantic scenes and scenes that require her to be vulnerable. She also carries her various outfits like a queen and that too is commendable. Chris Pine is cute as ever. He is sure to leave audiences smiling, especially in scenes where he gets amazed by the advancement of technology in the 1980s. Kristen Wiig is the surprise of the film. His role is very well written and he has done full justice. Pedro Pascal is pretty over the top but handles the part very well. Some of his actions may even remind him of Trump. Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta; Diana’s mother) and Robin Wright (Antiop) are fine, as expected, in their cameo appearances. Amr Waked (Amir Saeed bin Abydos) overacts a bit. Ravi Patel (Babajide) delivers a decent performance but his character is shown in haste and takes no time to set up properly. Lucian Perez (Alastair) as Maxwell’s son is lovely. Stuart Milligan (US President) is fair. Gabriella Wilde (Raquel) and Shane Atwool (Dangerous, Drunk Man) are inactive. Christopher Polaha (Pretty Man) is cute. Linda Carter (Asteria), who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series, has a memorable special appearance.

Hans Zimmer’s music is cinematic and amplifies the effect. In some action sequences, however, it overpowers the effect. Matthew Jensen’s cinematography is superb. The opening shot of Themyscira has been shot in a captivating manner. Aline Bonetto’s production design is rich and she does her best to make the film as authentic to the 80s as possible. Lindy Hemming’s costumes are quite glamorous, especially those worn by Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig. The action is superior from a high point and vision. Thankfully, it’s not bloody. VFX is top class. Richard Pearson’s editing could have been crisper, especially in the final part.

Overall, Wonder Woman 1984 is a complete entertainer that will definitely give you value for your money. It is treated professionally and hence, has a lot of appeal. At the box office, it faces several hurdles such as the fear of few moviegoers going to theatres, night curfew in the state of Maharashtra and the once again HD pirated print outbreak on HBO Max on Friday, December 25. On the plus side, the film has received tremendous publicity and moreover, there is a lot of demand among the audience. It releases over the beneficial Christmas weekend without any competition. Also, Wonder Woman series and Gal Gadot have a following in India and hence, its box office result could be very healthy.

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