First off, I would like to thank AMC Theatres for allowing me the opportunity to watch the Wonder Woman 1984 screening as an AMC Stubs Premier Member. I was able to take my daughter Gracie with me to watch this movie and she loved it. During this pandemic time, our country’s movie theaters have been taking a big hit financially, and I was a little hesitant to go see the movie in the theaters, but I could not pass up the opportunity to see one of the most anticipated movies of the year for free. AMC also did a great job of making sure social distancing was observed for the safety of my daughter, myself, and all the other moviegoers.
Before moving forward, I only think it fair to warn you that there are some spoilers in the below Wonder Woman 1984 Review. If you do not mind spoilers read on. If you do mind spoilers, please click off of this page or do not scroll any further!Tony Reed
Wonder Woman 1984’s release date has been changed many times once production ended. It was originally scheduled for release on December 01, 2019, and got pushed up to November 2019. Then the release date was pushed back to June 05, 2019, which as we all know didn’t happen. What did happen is the world got hit big with the COVID-19 disease and Wonder Woman 1984’s release date was pushed to August, then October, and now December 25, 2020. Merry Christmas America!
This will be a most unusual release, as well. Many in the movie industry do not like Warner Brother’s approach for the release, but they are doing it for the safety of the public. Warner Brothers had decided to do a dual release in the United States on December 25, 2020, releasing the moving both in theaters and on their online streaming service HBO Max at no extra costs. This has upset Movie theaters, but I believe that considering the times, it is a great option for the consumers of the movie. We get the choice to get the theater experience or choose the safety of our homes to enjoy the blockbuster movie.
What I like about Wonder Woman, as a father of 2 daughters, is that she personifies a strong woman, both in brawn, brains, and ethics. She is a superhero that my daughters can look to and know that they don’t have to be the mean person to be popular. They can look up to her when making tough decisions and know that the best results come from the truth. Wonder Woman 1984 does not disappoint in keeping teaching life lessons while still giving me the action I desire.
The movie starts with Diana Prince (played by Lilly Aspell) as a child on Paradise Island. She is participating in an arena style Amazonian competition where Diana is the youngest participant. She looks to be the only child in the competition. There is no death in this tournament, even though it looks like it could be a Roman Gladiator situation. The competition is a long obstacle course that goes through many different terrains and modes of transportation (feet and horse). I will not spoil what happens, but Diana learns a lesson that will affect her life in 1984.
Fast forward to 1984 and we are confronted with all things 1984. This movie has the big hair, parachute pants (because everyone is parachuting in the ’80s), CRT TV’s, preppy polos shirts, blazers with the sleeves rolled up, and our beloved fanny packs. Costume designer, Lindy Hemming, went all out with this movie and it shows. If I did not know it was 2020, I would have thought I was actually in the year 1984. Not that I know what it was like back then, I was only 2 years old. We see Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), yes, he is back, try a lot of these 1980 styles on for his love Diana (Gal Gadot) since he has no clue as to what is in style.
Diana now works as a curator at the Smithsonian and runs into Dr. Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), a newly hired gemologist who mostly ignored and unknown, after stumbling in her heels and dropping all the papers in her briefcase. Diana was the only person to stop and help. Barbara proceeded to ask if Diana would like to get lunch, but Diana was dodging, saying she was busy when she found out the FBI wanted to talk to Barbara about the item that was confiscated during a mall robbery that was foiled by none other than Wonder Woman. You could see the interest in Diana’s eyes.
Later Diana pops in on Barbara to get a look at the relics. There was one piece that Barbara was not quite sure about and Diana was able to read some Latin around the base or the stone mentioning something about a wish. Barbara mentions that she would not know what to wish for and Diana, while hold the stone says she knows what she would ask for and you could see her hair get blown by some unknown wind as she thinks about her wish. We all know what that is! Diana learns that Barbara is a pretty decent person and invites her for dinner to which Barbara gladly accepts.
Throughout the whole movie, we are reminded of the pressure women had to go through in 1984 to be able to fit into a man’s world. They play on this with the heels that are worn, stating how they are a symbol that represents the pressures that women all around the world have to bear. And, I have to say that women are still fighting this battle today.
Diana and Barbara are also having to deflect passes an assortment of guys are making throughout the whole movie. After drinks and dinner, Diana and Barbara split ways and walk their separate ways home. A drunkard starts harassing Barbara after she stumbles again in her heels and ends up getting handsy. After the man gets a good grip on her, Barbara is struggling hard to get away when suddenly he goes flying backward and Barbara ends up falling into Diana’s arms. Barbara goes back to the office where she holds the mysterious rock in her hand and says she wishes she were like Diana.
At this point, we have caught a glimpse of Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) during his oil commercials. His tagline is “Life is good, but it can be better.” Lord also makes an appearance at the Smithsonian after the robbery stating he is planning on making a sizable donation and requesting a private tour, which was to be given by Barbara. It did not take long for Lord to see Barbara’s low self-esteem and take advantage of it to find what he wanted to find, the mysterious rock.
Later, Steve has been brought back to life, but not in his own body. He is understandably in awe of everything in 1984. He thinks he is going to fall down the escalator, he thinks the trash can is a piece of art, astonished by the train line, and astonished by the NASA rockets and planes that can fly internationally without stopping to refuel. He is the proverbial fish-out-of-water. Of course, Diana did not realize who he was, but after giving her the same watch he gave her in the original Wonder Woman movie from 2017 and she knew right away who it really is in that unknown body.
At the same time, Lord was manipulating Barbara and gets her to leave a Smithsonian party and go back to her office. Once there, you could tell his mind was not on the same thing as Barbara’s. He eventually persuades Barbara to let him borrow the stone and he, in turn, takes it back to his office.
I will not go any further into the details of the movie except to say that from this point on many people have their wishes granted and hell on earth is unleashed. It takes all the power that Diana has and she ends up reflecting back on her time at the beginning of the movie as a little girl to help the world out of a cycle of self-destruction.
Overall, I will have to say that my time was not wasted watching this movie. Not only did I get to spend some quality time with one of my daughter’s I also know that she learned some lessons from the movie as well. Along with all the invisible planes and lightning riding Lasso of Truth awesomeness, the true passion of Wonder Woman was still present. Her first thought was not of her own survival, but that of others, and that is something I only wish that all girls will grow up wanting to imitate.
Post Credit Scenes
Did you just ask if there were any post credit scenes? I thought you did, and the answer is … YES! There absolutely is, and if you are a diehard Wonder Woman fan, you will love it!