Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Wonder Woman 1984: Meh.
By: Domonique Salberg
Not too long ago, another Warner Bros. property, Joker, proved the risky intellectual blockbuster could have a major payoff. It opened up doors for Patty Jenkins’ unapologetic Wonder Woman 1984, for instance. However, unlike Joker, it was a letdown. Heck, I’m shocked this script and concept was even approved. In an almost three-hour movie, little to no piece of dialogue, scene, or actor positively stood out. But the over-inflated sense of self-importance script, repelling cartoonish juvenile quality, overacting, and poor CGI all contributed to the film’s disappointing outcome.
After a forgiving opening, besides its on-the-nose moralistic foreshadowing, the following mall scene made me feel embarrassed for Wonder Woman. How can the creators justify having “Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules” princess Diana lasso through a dirty mall as her entrance into her own movie? Who thought that was fitting? It appeared to have been chosen to establish and do more for the 80s setting instead of Diana’s character. She deserved an iconic entrance. Additionally, the silly acting style from the failed heist criminals and parody cuts of Wonder Woman’s interaction with the extras took away from any gravitas and created a bothersome atmosphere. The worst scene in the entire film.
Although 1984’s biggest crime was its self-important script riddled with cumbersome dialogue, it worked desperately to suggest depth and universal truths, which ended up having no influence or poignancy. Many lines were eye-roll inducing, and the story was told in a way that did not treat the audience with intelligence. In its place, it chose to tell and not show every concept around conveying Wonder Woman as not only a hero and warrior but an activist for the virtue in all of us. Such as having her deliver lines like, “But Barbara, what about your warmth? What about your humanity?” and the entire monologue at the end that saves the day.
But to keep this short, my last criticisms are the crappy CGI for a movie this expensive—am I the only one tired of seeing Hollywood drop hundreds of millions on a movie just for it to turn out poorly in virtually every way? Then, Patty Jenkins’ work on the film displayed her inexperience as a director and Gal Gadot’s acting was lackluster. Nevertheless, the issues presented in this article are not all that was wrong with the film by a long shot; instead, I believe they are what took away from the quality of the film most. Ultimately, 1984 is another DCEU film that fell victim to the directionless vision at Warner Bros. and the directors taking on these IPs.
What did you think of WW1984?