Parents' Guide to

Wonder Woman 1984

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Melancholy DC sequel about redemption has mixed messages.

Movie PG-13 2020 151 minutes
Wonder Woman 1984 Movie Poster: Wonder Woman stands in the center of the poster, looking out at viewers

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age 12+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 12+

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Wonder Woman 1984 is a really good movie with positive role models, but beware because it has some scenes you might not want your child to watch, like (spoiler alert) when Wonder Woman and shirtless Steve are in a bed kissing on top of one another, there are some bloody scenes but its nothing a child can't handle. there is some violence, and there is a thief who drinks and there are some uses of the words, sh*t and b**ch, and the antagonist is not scary. I think the age doesn't matter when watching a movie, it depends on the maturity of that person and if they can or can not handle some scenes whether its you that's watching or your child. But overall wonder woman is a great movie and I would definitely recommend it. I hoped this helped you decide.

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 10+

Really fun, but kind of shallow

I LOVED the first Wonder Woman movie, so I was super excited for the sequel. Sadly, I was somewhat disappointed with WW84. Visually, this movie is very cool. It looks similar to season 3 of Stranger Things. Oversaturated 1980's nostalgia is everywhere. For Stranger Things I thought it worked well, but I don't think it fits Wonder Woman very well. Also since this came second, it feels like it's trying to piggy back on to the success of other nostalgia-heavy tv shows and movies that have come out recently. The character of Wonder Woman feels very different in this movie. She still is struggling with the loss of Steve, but it has been about 40 years since he died so it's kind of hard to believe she' still hanging on to it. The writing of Diana also feels different than the first one, and even different from Batman V Superman. Can't put my finger on why. I love Steve and thought Chris Pine was great as the character again. But, the way that they had him return is very odd. Almost possessing another man's body after Diana wishes for it? And then Diana sleeps with Steve, but that means she also slept with this strange man who is totally unaware. . .wish they would've handled his return better. I loved Pedro Pascal's villain. He did a fantastic job! But, as much as I love Kristen Wiig I just felt like her character was unnecessary. And the final fight scene with her, the CGI looks really rough. This movie is fun and watchable, but you can't think too hard about it or you're not gonna like it. I think Wonder Woman is a hard character to bring into "modern" times and they have not succeeded at it yet. But hopefully they will bring back the same good writing and story from the first for the third one.
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Parents say (28):
Kids say (80):

Campier and less revolutionary than the original, this long but entertaining sequel still shows the many ways women can be strong, heroic, and smart. (Though it does suggest that some of that hinges on being able to pull off high heels.) Wonder Woman 1984 also highlights the dangers of greed and excess. Director Patty Jenkins seems to relish displaying the "me" decade in all its materialistic glory, with the big hair, the big malls, and the big desires to win at all costs. Working from a screenplay she co-wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, Jenkins also features a more melancholic Diana this time around. She's spent 65 years missing her one true love, Steve, whom many fans will agree is worth a lifetime of "pining" for. When he reemerges, there's a sweet callback to the first movie's fashion show sequence. Now Steve is the one trying on different 1980s outfits to blend in with the times (get ready for Pine in a fanny pack and Members' Only-style jacket). There's also a lot of immediate romance, since they're lovers reuniting rather than strangers meeting-cute and getting to know each other. Once again, Diana and Steve are one of the most romantic superhero-partner couples.

Wiig is a precise choice for Barbara Minerva, who's described in DC Comics lore as ambitious, selfish, and neurotic -- although in this case, the selfishness only manifests after her wish is granted. Barbara's metamorphosis is well executed, as is the character's desire to be as beautiful and bold (not to mention strong) as Diana, even though that doesn't ultimately bring her happiness. Pascal is wonderfully smarmy and self-aggrandizing as Lord, the entrepreneur who wants it all. Diana's commitment to change hearts rather than break bodies (she refuses to use guns and only hurts people when she has no other choice) is a powerful reminder that protectors can use other skills besides their might to help defuse situations. Of course, she still has to knock out a bunch of evil-doers, but these aren't the death- and blood-filled battles of the Batman movies. Despite the performances of the supervillains, Wonder Woman 1984 is at its best when Gadot and Pine are together -- and not (just) because they're both disarmingly gorgeous, but because their chemistry and their connection are what drives the story forward. It's just too bad their reunion here comes with some tricky issues related to consent.

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