Disappointing DC sequel is filled with plot holes, overly long.
I saw the first Wonder Woman movie in the theater in 2017. At first, I hated it, although I never thought it was bad. I just didn't enjoy my experience of watching it. However, after a couple of re-watches, I have grown to enjoy the movie. I think it has fantastic production design and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, I think is great! Currently, I can find the first Wonder Woman to be a pretty decent film. However, Wonder Woman 1984 was a big disappointment. The DCEU for me personally has really had its ups and downs. 2017's Justice League, is a film that I would consider to be one of the most disappointing of all time and it practically makes me cringe after each watch. Therefore, I have become not a fan of Zack Snyder. My brother and I will commonly joke about how we thought Wonder Woman 1984 was going to be bad, because Zack Snyder said that it was "good." I really do wish I could say the same thing. Wonder Woman 1984 is far from the worst movie ever made, but much farther from the best. It has many flaws that I could list. The film I felt was attempting to do too much at once. The movie is 151 minutes long and it FEELS THAT WAY. The best word to describe the film is, "overwhelming." The 80's were known to be a very sleek and flamboyant era. WW84 tries to capture that in a way that is engaging and interesting, and I think they only succeed at part of that. The film is entertaining and something fun is happening around every twenty-five minutes. What I think the film fails the most at is consistency. WW84 revolves around a literal "plot device," called the Dream Stone. Everyone is after it and that is how our two villains are tied in. Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) and Maxwell Lord, (Pedro Pascal), are both trying to destroy Wonder Woman while still after this stone. This leads to many plot holes that I don't want to spoil. I think the mixing of the two villains doesn't work very well and for being a long movie, the film is fairly light on action unfortunately. I really do think Patty Jenkins is a great director and I think she has a bright future. There are some very well- directed sequences. The shopping mall scene? Great! I really could go on all day about the flaws of this film but I think that there are some saving moments, some scenes that were really well-executed. But the film doesn't live up to the original unfortunately. After first seeing the film, I gave it a solid B. But the more I think about it, the less I like the movie. I would now settle around a B- or even a C+. Especially considering I saw a much better movie, Soul as well on Christmas Day.