“Wonder Woman 1984” Review

A review of the new “Wonder Woman 1984” movie, a sequel of the first Wonder Woman movie released in 2017.


Ellie Connor

With the closure of movie theaters, but the desire to make profit on new movies, Warner Bros. made the decision to release “Wonder Woman 1984”, the sequel to the 2017 original, on HBO Max. Since a paid subscription is necessary to view the film, it is questionable whether the movie is worth $14.99 per month to watch.

The story follows as Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), known by the viewers as Wonder Woman, lives quietly by working a job of curating ancient artifacts, while performing acts of heroism in secret. She runs into conflict when an ancient stone known as the Dreamstone is discovered. The stone grants wishes, but there is a drawback of every wish as it takes the thing most valued by that person in return. 

Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) manages to obtain this highly threatening stone and actually wishes to become the stone himself in order to use it for his own gain, forcing Diana Prince to take matters into her own hands and hunt him down. 

The task turns out to be far more troublesome than she had originally thought as she quickly runs into numerous problems. The wish she made, to bring Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) back to life, is causing her to lose her power and therefore weakening her significantly. In addition, her coworker, Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wigg), attempts to prevent Diana’s pursuit because she refuses to allow her to reverse the wishes made by the stone. 

Despite the success of the first movie, “Wonder Woman 1984” turned out to be incredibly disappointing. Beyond the overall plot and characters being terribly predictable and boring, there are certain aspects of the movie that stand out as being particularly so.

The very beginning of the movie is a flashback scene to young Diana attempting to compete against other Amazon Warriors, which is ultimately a confusing introduction. There is no obvious connection between the first few minutes of the film to the overall plot of the movie, which was apparently evident to Warner Bros. as well. As stated by MovieWeb, Warner Bros. did not want the introduction scene to be included in the movie, but the director, Patty Jenkins, insisted its inclusion.

In addition, the villain, Maxwell Lord, is uninteresting and makes for a boring plot. The story is predictable as soon as the conflict is introduced, so it leaves the movie feeling drawn out and many scenes unnecessary.

Even the conclusion, typically known for being the most exciting part of a movie, is underwhelming and not particularly convincing. Although villain awakenings are extremely common in superhero movies, the particular ending written in this movie leaves the watcher unsatisfied.

Ultimately, despite there being a handful of decent scenes scattered throughout, the poorly written characters and less-than-admirable editing makes for a movie that is worth neither the $14.99 per month subscription nor the 2 hours and 35 minutes it takes to watch.