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Wonder Woman 1984: A Review

Wonder Woman 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Much like Barbara at the beginning of this movie, the film seemed to be trying a bit too hard, stumbling around in its own shoes.

First of all, it’s set in Washington DC in 1984 (hence part of the title), and there are constant reminders throughout the movie to let you know this is the 80s. But I didn’t understand why it had to be set at this point instead of later or earlier.

The two main themes of the movie were “how to grieve like a superhero” and “don’t try to cheat the realities of life.” After the loss of her love, Steve, Diana has cut herself off emotionally from the people around her, even though she is still moonlighting as a superhero and works in a museum as an anthropologist. When a crystal surfaces that starts granting wishes, she is reunited with Steve but at a big cost. She then has some very hard decisions to make.

Outside of Diana and Steve, the new characters that are introduced didn’t have a lot of depth. Barbara fit the stereotype of the nerdy, awkward museum employee. Max Lord is a washed up entrepreneur who would give anything to be successful, forgetting the things that are most important. But that’s about it. Each makes a wish that they don’t want to give up, but their development is abrupt and confusing at times.

Then, there is the amount of information dumping that happens. The backstory of the crystal towards the beginning of the movie, all the way to the backstory of Max Lord towards the end (which I wasn’t sure if it was his childhood or his son’s for a minute). None of it really helped me understand or care about these new characters. They seemed like props to help move the story along.

The only two characters with any depth were Diana and Steve, but that was because of the previous movie. Here, they are just echoes of who they were before. Diana’s sacrificial choice towards the end was heartbreaking, but the emotions tied to that scene seemed to die with that scene. As the plot continues on to the final battle with the big bad, the monologue at the end that is supposed to reflect the transformation of Diana’s character is overshadowed by the weird info dump of Max Lord’s backstory.

I didn’t hate the movie. There were funny parts and emotional, sweet parts. I can see how they were trying to zero in on Diana’s humanity since the first movie was more about revealing the god-like part of her character. It seemed like they only had time to focus on either the special effects or the story. I just wish they had chosen to develop the story more.

There is profanity in the movie. Sexual content includes some kissing, including kissing in bed. There is a small possible trigger warning of Barbara being sexually assaulted in the park. Other violent content includes gun fire and fight scenes which are par for the course in superhero movies.

Justice League: A Review

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This will be an attempt at a spoiler-free review.  The only references I will make will be things that are found in the trailers.  I think I can review this movie without even talking about the major plot points.

The short answer is I didn’t hate it.

The movie was okay.  But it was really too convoluted.  The major overarching plot felt drowned out by all of the very quick attempts at character development for those characters we had yet to see in a DC movie.  Some of the development was done better than others, so because the characters basically drove this movie, I want to review it by how well I felt like they were developed and represented.  I will only be reviewing those shown on movie posters and portrayed in the trailers.

Batman – I didn’t watch Batman vs. Superman.  I think I was sick or something when my husband went to go see it.  When he came back unimpressed, I decided to remove it from my to-watch list.  I did watch a YouTube video that recapped all of the movies leading up to the Justice League, and it looks like I didn’t miss much.  In fact, it looked like BVS was pretty convoluted, itself.  I’m pretty familiar with the Batman story, so I felt pretty good on that front.

In this movie, he was….weird.  Maybe it’s because Christian Bale will always be Batman for me, but he didn’t really convince me.  It just fell flat, especially any of his comedic lines.  I know he was at the pivotal points throughout this movie, but he just wasn’t really memorable or even felt necessary.

Wonder Woman – This is why I watched Justice League.  Wonder Woman’s standalone summer film was phenomenal.  And I was excited to see her in action once again.  But some of her emotional moments felt stunted.  I just think they could have taken more time to develop her transition from being a loner for basically the last century to being part of this team.  Still, she kicked butt, but I hope they take time in the future to let her character really breathe into the scenes.

Aquaman – Jason Momoa was amazing in this character.  When I heard that Aquaman was going to join the Justice League, all I could think of was the Aquaman from the Big Bang Theory.

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But this Aquaman was much more fascinating.  I know that his standalone movie is coming out next year, but I think it might have been better to come out before Justice League (but I can see why they didn’t, considering my above assumption).  His story was drowned out by the other characters (pun definitely intended).  I didn’t know why he did the things he did, why he was angry, why he was a loner.  I know these questions will probably be answered next year, but I think it would have strengthened this story’s plot.

The Flash – Ah, the comic relief.  That was pretty much apparent in the trailers, and Barry Allen’s lines did not disappoint.  I think they tried too hard to get parts of his story into this movie when they really didn’t need to.  They could have done what Marvel did with Spiderman in Civil War, just introduce his character.  And then they could have done his standalone easily afterward.  His origin parts just over saturated a lot of the plot, when other things needed to be deepened and explained more.

Cyborg – By far the best character development of the three new characters.  It helped that his story arch coincided with the main plot of the movie, but I actually enjoyed watching his character grow from a loner to a team player.  I think they could have spent time on his origin story, which I heard that they shot but didn’t use.  But still, his introduction was done the best.  Of course, I can’t go into details because it is so tightly wrapped into the main plot.

I think DC is rushing things way too much, and I don’t really see why.  They don’t need to catch up to Marvel.  They can take this at a much slower pace than they are.  They have a great structure in a lot of the characters (except for Batman, that is just a confusing, deadpan mess), and I really think this could be something great.  I also heard that they had a two-hour cap on this movie which is why a lot of things were cut.  I don’t think that helped at all.

As far as profanity, violence and sexual content, it’s pretty clean.  And the ideas of teamwork and believing in yourself are throughout the movie (although, again, better character development would have made these themes stronger).  Also, the actors were phenomenal (though the jury is still out on Batman – not sure if it’s a writers thing or an actor thing).  I think this movie would be a great RedBox night, but not really worth seeing in the theaters.  There are so many great movies coming out this year that I would save your money on this one.  I would give it three out of five stars.