What’s happening readers! If you have not watched WW84 you probably shouldn’t read on (unless you really want to). I’m not going full blown spoiler but I will be going into details over certain scenes so putting that out there up front. Good? Alright….Go time!
So after a few setbacks Wonder Woman 84 hit theaters and HBO Max on December 25th. AMC hosted an early IMAX screening a week before so I saw a good portion of the movie a week early. I say that because I dozed off for 20 minutes. That runtime….oof! The movie clocks in at 2 and a half hours but with the previews you’re in the theater for 3 hours. For me the film started dragging after the scene with the oil tycoon and Max Lord. I missed the White House scene the first time I watched. Ooops! It was a nice snooze though. The movie is visually pleasing in IMAX. There are some not-so-great CGI moments that stick out but for the most part the visuals were nice. The “I believe I can fly” scene was fantastic in IMAX. All the nostalgia was cool to see. Nothing like 80s gold! That fannypack man!!
The story didn’t blow me away. I appreciated Diana doing her Wonder Woman thing on the low key tip and I liked how she had to employ compassion and love instead of force in order to save the world but the story didn’t WOW me like the original. I didn’t have that excited feeling when I left the theater. I thought the way Steve was brought back was silly even though that sets up some fun moments in another guy’s apartment. I was impressed with Kristen Wiig as Barbara/Snow Leopard. Sorry….Cheetah. I just wanted more. Hopefully she returns somehow and looks more like a cheetah. Max Lord was very over the top. I wasn’t too familiar with the character going in so I did some research. Pascal’s performance wasn’t an exact match of how the character is in the comics but I can appreciate a businessman being corrupted once he has control of a powerful relic. “YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!!!!!” Haha. I felt like the “villains” weren’t really that. Wiig and Pascal’s characters aren’t bad people. We know that power can adversely affect people with good intentions though. It’s a familiar theme. The villain in this movie was people’s negative desires and fear so Diana had to adapt in order to stop a global crisis. I think Gadot handled that well. I could feel her depth of emotion, especially during her monologue to the people. She is terrific as Wonder Woman and I hope she continues in the role for a few more times. Side note: That scene with her in that white dress during the Smithsonian party had me like “HEYYYY DIANA……I SEE YOU!”.
Overall, I liked WW84 but I don’t love it. Terrible, nope. Not by any means as far as I’m concerned. To kind of quote Max Lord…….”It was okay, but it could be better!”. I’ve seen it a few times since my initial viewing so I was able to look at things with a different lens and mindset. Shoutout to Dolby Cinema! I went to see Wonder Woman in that format and passed out. Gotta love those comfy chairs! I’ll be adding WW84 to my collection when the Blu-ray drops. Hopefully there will be a dope steelbook edition. I am on standby to see if the third Wonder Woman movie will be more thrilling. Dun dun dunnnn…….
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I also joined my fellow Defy Life brothers from Take A Knee for a WW84 themed discussion on their podcast. You can listen to the show here: Episode 105- Wonder Woman 84 w/ Movie Man Migs – Take A Knee For Marvel Vs DC | Podcast on Spotify