WONDER WOMAN 1984
In grand fashion, Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins recapture some of the magic of their 2017 cinematic epic. This time around, Jenkins also handles writing chores with help from Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham. The story may not be unique, but there is much fun from beginning to end and a moral. A flashback to young Diana, again played by Lilly Aspell, participating in warrior games opens the film. Connie Nielsen returns here as Hippolyta, queen of Themyscira and Diana's mother. Also back for the opener is Robin Wright as her aunt, Antiope - general of the Amazon army. Things get a bit crazy when 1984 enters the picture. Chris Pine reappears as Steve Trevor, the intrepid pilot and Diana's true love from the first movie. To reveal how this happens would be a spoiler. The villains are not as strong as some memorable baddies. Yet they're still interesting. The force is with Pedro Pascal ("The Mandalorian"), chewing up the scenery as the slightly crazed Lord. Kristen Wiig plays Barbara first as that wimpy SNL character she perfected and then believably transforms into the ferocious Cheetah. The performances are good, but once again it's all about action and effects. Several sequences go on way too long (seemingly necessary to reach an epic film's epic length - just over two and a half hours). Knockout set pieces, including a 1980s - style mall, and a stirring score by composer Hans Zimmer add to the pleasure. Definitely made for the biggest screen possible, this fantasy is enjoyable in any format. And yes, there is a scene during the end credits. "WW84" lassos another thrilling adventure. (3.5/5 CAMS)
Rated PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence)
Running Time: 152 minutes
In theaters and streaming on HBO Max December 25, 2020.