I cannot believe that the wait is finally over. Those who know me are aware that I have been waiting for this movie for what seems like forever. I am the biggest Wonder Woman fan and having the long awaited sequel pushed back way too many times truly made me think that I would never get to see it. So when I finally settled down to watch on Christmas Day, I couldn’t help but think that I had just received the best present ever.
It’s the 1980s and our heroine Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) has been trying to quietly live her life among mortals as a curator of ancient artifacts at a local museum. Her alter ego, Wonder Woman, is someone she tries to keep separate from her every day life.
But when Diana encounters Max Lord (Pedro Pascal), a man who is hungry for power, she must do all that she can to stop him from taking over the world. However, Max Lord isn’t the only foe that Diana must look out for – her former friend and colleague Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) has become The Cheetah, a villainess with superhuman strength. She wants Diana out of her way so that her plan to stay powerful doesn’t get thwarted. With the help of old flame Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Diana has this covered. Or does she?
There was a lot that worked here. The special effects were great and really made me feel like I was brought into the film. I also really liked the stunts performed by Wonder Woman. They were super cool, very bad ass and definitely had that girl power essence to it.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, I absolutely love Gal Gadot in the titular role. She was the perfect choice for me ever since I saw her in the first movie and I don’t think that will ever change. I believe that she has become a great role model for girls of all ages to look up to; I know I do. Actually, I must say that the other casting choices for this installment were well done too. It’s hard to imagine these characters played by anybody else going forward.
I must admit that despite my utter excitement, Wonder Woman 1984 did not surpass the amazingness that was its predecessor. The multiple, interwoven storylines were a bit too much at times and I found it difficult to keep track of everything that was going on. There were also some slower moments, particularly in the beginning to get everything set up that I didn’t really find necessary. And I do feel like the extra waiting time had an affect.
With all that being said, the movie was still a ton of fun and exactly what you would want from a superhero story. I’m so happy to have finally seen it!