Wonder Woman 1984 review – Needed better writing and more sparks to shine high

Title: Wonder Woman 1984
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wig
Director: Patty Jenkins
Language: English

Story: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is working as an anthropologist at Washington DC. She has to save the world from a businessman named Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), who is in possession of a stone which can grant any wishes.

Performances: Gal Gadot carries her charm throughout the film and stands out as the sole main reason why this film is never boring. Pedro Pascal is excellent in a negative role which is not action packed. Chris Pine and Kristen Wig have done justice to their roles.

Technicalities: Visuals are fabulous and is supported by excellent production design which wonderfully recreates 1984 DC with it’s people, locations and costumes. Music is very supportive and acts as a pillar to the film. Editing should have been given more stress as the movie runs overlong in several scenes which needed to be trimmed down.

Analysis: This film is the sequel of 2017 film Wonder Woman. The movie starts off with an excellent sequence featuring an athletic competition. The entire sequence is superbly executed and gives the film a much needed kick start. Sadly, the film could not capitalize on that and runs on a plain note after that. The action sequences in the film are very limited but they have been designed and executed really well. The Cairo chase sequence is undoubtedly the best portion in the film but sadly, there are very few of such action portions. Once the main point in the story is revealed, the movie becomes predictable. There is more drama and less action than required. This is the usual story which we witness in every superhero film and the screenplay offers nothing fresh or exciting. There is a slight emotional angle associated with the villain which is probably the only novel touch given to the screenplay. The prequel had a lot of exciting moments which gave us the required high and those are what this movie is lacking.

On a whole: Wonder Woman 1984 is predictable, low on action and high on drama. The performances, action sequences and grand scale save this film to an extent and make it a once watchable sequel at best.

Rating: 2.75/5

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