Hello you movie lovers and my faithful readers here on Hive! Are you ready for another movie review with me?
After the last movie I saw, I needed a break from it for a while, because as I said in my previous blog it was one of the worst movies ever. So, I was hoping that WW84 will fix it and make me love movie nights again.
We do have movie nights dedicated usually on the weekend, where we prepare some delicious food, open a bottle of wine and after the kid is in deep sleep, we relax and watch new movies. This time we watched the sequel to Wonder Woman and be warned, there will be spoilers.
- Title: Wonder Woman 1984 (WW84)
- Year: 2020.
- Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
- Directed by Patty Jenkins
- Running time: 2h 31 min
We are once again reminded that Diana or the Wander Woman was a child, raised to be a warrior and protector of the humans. She has trained for it her whole life and she still does it in 1984 where the movie is set. But we can see that it's a lonesome life and she clearly misses her love we met in the last movie.
In her place of work, we get introduced to a new character, the total opposite of Diana. She is clumsy and scrappy, but with a bright mind and kind heart, Barbara.
We are also introduced to the villain in the movie. I'm not comfortable with calling him that, because I couldn't see him as evil, rather misunderstood. He has been the troublemaker in the plot when he steals the wishing stone from Barbara to manipulate the entire world.
But his intentions are not clearly evil, he doesn't really have a plan. He goes on as someone who can grant wishes and take advantage of them, but I'm not sure for what cause. His quote in the movie better describes him, classic " I want it all" persona:
"Welcome to the future. Life is good! But it can be better. And why shouldn't it be? All you need is to want it. Think about finally having everything you always wanted."
On the subject of wishing stone, Diana made a wish for her dead lover to come back to life, and Barbara wished that she was more like Diana. Both did it as a joke since no one really knew that wishes will be granted but with a high price to be paid.
Diana's love does come back and Barbara does become a sort of superwoman herself, but they both lose a big part of them, Diana her strength and Barbara her humanity. As the movie progressed, things with wishes get complicated and humans show just how little it takes for the world to come to an end.
Of course, our hero is there to save the day, with some amazing battle scenes, an interesting storyline, and all along with grace that I loved in the first movie.
If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of girl power and strong women characters in movies. This one was no different, even with some childish scenes and fantasy roles, I love Diana and her ability to stay graceful but strong at the same time.
There is a risk with these movies to go in two ways, to be too emotional because women generally are. Or to be too manly and try too hard to be a superhero. It's easier to be a male superhero because the whole plot is based on his strength and abilities to save the day.
With women superheroes, as we see in this movie, there is a fine emotional line that goes through each scene in the movie, and we feel the burden she has to carry.
On the other hand, I like that they incorporated another female character who is, in the beginning, a total opposite to Diana, Barbara. She is represented as insecure and I wanted to see where that insecurity would lead her as she made her wish to be more like Diana.
The power she got, soon overwhelmed her and took over the humanity and kind heart she had in the beginning. She was becoming an animal of a sort, not being able to balance the new powers she had. That's what I expected because giving power to someone who felt oppressed in life is a dangerous thing. As the main bad guy Maxwell Lord showed us, it's the desire to be something that you are not that kills us.
Wishes had to be renounced for the whole world to be saved, and that meant that Diana's love had to die one more time. She would then try to stop Maxwell and the entire planet from doom, by connecting to the emotional and human side in everyone.
I can't imagine a male superhero ending the story this way, in tears and beaten up, talking to bad guys and the rest of the world, and convincing them that there is something beautiful to fight for. There was that silver lining that you either hate or love in this movie, her power was not just strength and muscle, it was empathy and compassion.
What do you think about it, did you get a chance to watch it? If so, let me know in the comments below!