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Wonder Woman 1984
Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah.

Starring Gal Gadot, Kristin Wiig, Pedro Pascal...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Jan 4, 2021
After having enjoyed the first "Wonder Woman" installment from 2017, I was really looking forward to seeing the next one. Given the dearth of new releases in theaters as a result of the pandemic, "WW84" was going to be a great way to get back into a theater and watch a big-budget action flick on the big screen.

As the release date approached and many theaters were still closed around the country, the prospects for that theatrical experience started to dim, and then the news came that Warner Bros. was going to use the movie to raise the status of its HBO Max streaming service and release the movie to that service and to theaters at the same time.

I chose to watch the movie via HBO Max, more out of curiosity than any other reason, as movie theaters have been very good about safety protocols since they reopened. This wasn't on a 65" flat screen, but rather in a dedicated home theater with a 4K projector illuminating a 10-foot-wide screen and backed up by a Dolby Atmos-equipped sound system. This is much closer to the ideal theatrical experience than it is a typical living room, which is hampered by the many distractions of everyday life.

Suffice it to say that this was giving the movie, and HBO Max, just about the best opportunity possible to impress.

Enough background... how was the movie?

It starts out really strong. There is an extended flashback to Diana's childhood, where she's competing in a game of strength against other Amazon warriors far older than she is. Seeing Gal Gadot back on the screen in her role as Wonder Woman brought back all those good memories of the original movie. She likely embodies her role better than just about every other example in superhero history. The establishment of the role of Barbara Minerva was equally good, leaving only Max Lord as a pale imitation of a cross between Lex Luthor and a certain other contemporary non-fictional villainous character (to which there are a few thinly-veiled references).

Lord's character is the weakest element of this movie, but it's by no means the only fault to be found. That comes in the many things that come up in your own mind as well as during any post-movie discussion with others. All these flaws add up to an unsatisfying mix that makes you wish you could have seen a better movie instead.

Perhaps my impression will soften with time, but I can't see myself buying this one on disc when it comes out (even though I have the first one). It was good to have seen once, but it's not something I would see again in a hurry.

Maybe it works better as an HBO Max, made-for-video, movie. You put it on in the living room while you do other things, which will help one miss some of those issues which accumulate with time. It's a good movie, but it's not as good as the original. Perhaps, it's the best we can expect at this time, and serves as a way to get us back into the swing of seeing big movies on the big screen again.

I was wavering about what rating I was going to give this movie, but now having written these comments, I'm confident that it definitely belongs in the "Wait for Rental" category.

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