Review: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ represents strength, boldness to young girls

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TRL’s Lily Bouldin says that the film “was nothing but another blockbuster movie as it follows the typical superhero plot.”

As someone who has never been interested in superhero movies, my knowledge of the comics is little, and I will have to admit, I still don’t fully know the difference between DC and Marvel. As I am expecting immense backlash on that truth, it is important to know that I sat in front of the flat-screen expecting nothing. My expectations were limitless.

It had been three years since I had seen my first glimpse of Diana (Gal Gadot), and her efforts to save the world. After the heartbreaking death of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), I didn’t feel another movie would or should’ve been possible, but yet, here we are. 

“Wonder Woman 1984” starts out portraying Diana as a young girl in a competition or some Amazonian Olympics. I was attentive as Diana was flying through the course, and killing the competition, until all goes wrong, and she falls off her horse. In the urgency to get to the finish line before the other competitors, Diana takes a shortcut to retrieve her horse and finish. After completing the course, and “winning,” she is taught a lesson that the truth is the most important thing, a lesson that will continue throughout the movie. 

As a sacred artifact (practically a genie in rock form) turns the world upside through the hands of an evildoer, Diana rushes to protect the world with her sidekick Steve. Oh yeah, we thought he was dead? Well, somehow the artifact brought him back into a middle-aged man’s body through a simple wish. 

Although I only gave you a few details, I practically spoiled the movie for everyone due to this movie’s lack of depth and intellect. I felt as though “Wonder Woman 1984” was nothing but another blockbuster movie as it follows the typical superhero plot. A villain, a good guy and a sidekick. I think it is time for Hollywood to change some of their scripts. Not to mention, the difficulties with the flow of the movie as a result of restrictions with filming during this pandemic. It was evident the film was rushed for the satisfaction of those waiting so excitedly. The release date had also been pushed back multiple times to finally December. For the amount of extra time they had, I was confused about why there were so many jumps in logic and discrepancies.  

Following the artifact, Diana befriends a quirky blonde named Barbara, played by Kristin Wigg. Their friendship starts off light-hearted and playful. Although, it doesn’t take long for Barbara’s greed to take over as she follows the villain, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). Barbara’s initial curiosity turns her into Diana’s new problem. 

The extremely long movie ends with a grapple between Barbara and Diana. Diana’s powers seem to get weaker as Barbara gets stronger, but the fight manages to end in Diana’s favor. When Diana is finally able to outsmart Maxwell Lord by using the ‘truth,’ the world is able to go back to the way it initially was. The hero did it. The hero always wins. 

When watching this movie, I found myself to be dozing off, or predicting every next scene. In the end, I was disappointed with the outcome of this picture. Although Wonder Woman represents strength and boldness to young girls, this isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. 

Rating: C