Directed by Patty Jenkins
Written by Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, & Dave Callaham
Story by Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns
Based on Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston
Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, & Connie Nielsen
Release Date: December 25, 2020
Running Time: 2hr 31min
Set in 1984, Dina Prince/Wonder Woman (Gadot) is working as a the senior anthropologist at the Smithsonian, while also secretly fighting crime. One day stumbles across an artifact that has the ability to grant wishes. One of her colleagues, the shy and awkward Barbara Ann Minerva (Wiig) unwittingly makes a wish to be more confident, desirable, and popular; which ends up coming true. Diana also unwittingly wishes for the return of her lover/ally from WWI, Steve Trevor (Pine). The stone ends up in the hands of Max Lord (Pascal), a failing businessman who absorbs the stones powers and used it to amass great fortune, while granting the wishes of others. But like any wish granting item, it comes with some sort of catch. This naturally throws the world into shambles.
The film premiered on December 15, 2020, via the DC FanDome virtual platform. It was theatrically released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 25, 2020, and also made available to be streamed digitally on HBO Max for a month before it will go to premium video on demand. In international markets that do not have HBO Max, the film was theatrically released beginning on December 16, 2020. It was praised for its “escapist qualities” and Jenkins’ take on the 1980s, but many critics found it “overindulgent or cliché.”
I really don’t get the major divisiveness here. I expect superhero movies to be cliched some because the stories have pretty much always been that way. But people seem to forget that being cliched isn’t always a bad thing. I really enjoyed this, which isn’t something I can’t say about the majority of the live action DC movies (something I don’t like saying, but it’s how I feel). The action was thrilling, there was some good humor (cringey here and there, but that’s expected since it has Kristen Wiig), and the overall performances were solid. Gal Gatod is once again solid as our main heroine, while Pedro Pascal and Kristin Wiig give some effective menacing turns (though I do wish more had been done with Barbara). I’m also a sucker for 1980s nostalgia, which there is a good deal of.
It’s not perfect, but few movies are. I think it’s very much worth a watch!
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