When it comes to films or TV shows, I like to think that I cover opinions pretty well in a more formal review. However, in my effort to be more concise and to shorten them, I don’t always detail the “why” of what I don’t (or do!) like. So, today’s first victim is reasons why I don’t (and do) like Wonder Woman 1984.
Here’s the thing, there’s good and there’s bad in this film. There’s lots to love and enjoy and there’s arguments to be made for why it’s not really that good. With that in mind, I’m going to break down some of the reasons my opinions lean towards good or bad and why I feel this way. However before I do, I will say, I think this is one of DC Comics best franchise. Let’s jump in.
Quick disclaimer, when I say this is DC Comics best franchise, I’m saying this with a bit of skepticism because if the rumors of future stories for Diana are true, I know I won’t be as excited about these films.
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NOTE: There will be spoilers
1: CHRIS PINE
Have to add him. I love him as Steve and though his story here just goes on repeat (more on this later), I’m glad he made a return.
2: DIANA PRINCE
I think Diana is a solid hero who has good intentions every time. Does she have passions or longing for a different life? Sure, but no one blames her for this. She still steps up and does the hard thing every time. It makes us wish for her simpler times and happiness. Something which she has short supply of.
3: THE FIREWORKS
Weird, is this? I don’t think so. I mean, the fireworks scene is one of the prettiest firework scenes ever.
4: THE SCRIPT
There’s some good quotes that inspire, but given some of the other things, I have to wonder if they’re given sincerely.
5: THE WHITE DRESS
I mean, this entire sequence IS A MOMENT! Can we just applaud it?
I think the film also messes with choice in a few ways I don’t care for. It’s not bad in the sense of overcoming it to enjoy good, but it’s a little bit sketchy (for me) and that’s what I take issue with.
2: IT’S A LOVE STORY?
So, Steve is back, which I’m happy about (and it’s kinda sweet and clever), but his story is also virtually the same. There’s the sacrifice angle and the “I’ll always love you” confession, tears and just, in general, the hopeless love story. It makes me happy to see Diana happy, but also sad to see her have to let go of a piece of her heart (again).
3: THE SCRIPT
Most of this script is fine and it has good things to say about courage (which is part of the appeal of Diana) and being truthful and fair. However, I think the script works, maybe subtly so, against the narrative of good too. It tries to backpedal its messaging a bit by the whole “wanting” more element. It’s a kind of instrument that implies one thing isn’t enough and we shouldn’t “settle” or learn to be content with the good in life. This applies most so to Barbara who is a character we could have 100% loved.
As I already did say, there’s some really good things about this script. However I’ve been reflecting (it’s been a while now since I saw the film) and there’s also a specific agenda in the scripting too.
Your turn! What are some of the things you LOVE(LOVELOVE) about this film? What are some of the no-nos you cannot stand? Comment all of your thoughts down in the comments! I’d love to chat with you all.
You can find Wonder Woman 1984 digitally on Amazon Video
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