Wonder Woman 1984

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Caleb Kunz

The new Wonder Woman movie: good or bad? This movie is probably the most diverse DC comics movie to come out since Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s the Superman Returns (2006) of the DC Extended Universe, a majority of people dislike the new Wonder Woman movie while some think that it’s good, but what should be the right way to clarify it. If I were to say anything I think it’s both good and bad, some stuff in it is good and it feels like a comic book, it has flashy colors and the imagination, kinda like the first Christopher Reeves Superman movie back in 1978, but some stuff doesn’t make sense like the wishing rock, you’d have to assume a lot of stuff to have it make sense like the end when everyone renounces their wishes, and the villains are not the best part of the movie like the villains are in other DC movies like The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight the Joker is easily the best part of that movie. I will say that it’s not as good as the first Wonder Woman movie, the first movie is really good, but Wonder Woman 1984 has positives and negatives about it and we are going to go over what it did right and what it did wrong.

First and foremost I am going to acknowledge the fact that WW84 feels like a comic book movie, it’s filled with a lot of cheesy moments and dramatic moments in the movie, and that, to me, is what makes a movie feel like a comic book. Other superhero movies have done this too, like the Superman Movie (1978) for example, and other movies including the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, Michael Keaton’s Batman movies, and even Batman Begins (2005). Those movies have moments that feel like they belong in a comic book and that is how WW84 feels like, but probably the biggest positive about this movie is that it shows us what it means to be a hero. Sacrifice. Heroes sacrifice something every day, the one hero who has shown this the best is Spider-Man, because of his actions as Spider-Man, Peter’s life sufferers, and I think the movie Spider-Man 2 (2004) demonstrates this perfectly, Peter’s life in Spider-Man 2 sucks. Mary Jane is sick of waiting around for him, Aunt May can’t afford to keep her house, his best friend Harry Osborn hates Peter because he ‘takes pictures of Spider-Man’ and he believes that Spider-Man killed his father, Peter’s failing at school and he is in danger of losing his job. WW84 is like this, Diana renounces her wish and sacrifices the opportunity to spend the rest of her life with the man she loves to get her powers back and save the world. One other big thing that heroes do is save people, you see this time and time again in so many superhero movies, and in the case of WW84, you see Diana save people all the time, rather than fight the men shooting at her, she is saving those that are in danger while stopping those shooting at her.

Now let’s name the negatives, and there are quite a few. This movie has a lot of stuff that doesn’t make any sense, stuff like how the main villain of the movie Maxwell Lord, played by Pedro Pascal, knew about the Dream Stone or even what it does, and the movie doesn’t even really explain why he wanted the dream stone, or even why he wanted to be the Dream Stone, he just wants to get and become the Dream Stone to show everyone that he’s not what his father said he was and that he isn’t what the kids at his school said he was, and to do that he is going to give everyone the thing they wish for, how is that gonna show everyone, it doesn’t make any sense. Even the Dream Stone doesn’t make any sense, one minute you can only have one wish, and then apparently you can have two, it doesn’t make any sense, everyone gets one wish, except Barbara Minerva (Cheetah), played by Kristen Wiig, she gets two wishes. And the ending with everyone renouncing their wishes is kinda dumb because what if someone wished to feed their starving children, or if someone who’s blind wishes to see, or someone has cancer and wishes to be cured, the writers want you to assume that everyone’s wish is greedy and bad. This movie is just flat-out goofy and makes no sense, but I feel like that’s how comic book movies can be, filled with cheesy dialogue, flashy colors, and fun action, so to me Wonder Woman 1984 is a good superhero movie, not great but just good.