H.Earlier, Reagan had an enjoyable Amazon attack in America – but the real surprise was Kristen Wig, the warrior queen’s annoying and emotionally wounded opponent playing Barbara Minerva.
It’s the second superhero adventure in the world, held by 1984, big hair, rolled-up jacket sleeves and the pre-coveted utopian era of the upcoming nuclear war, and the more publicized killing men than Themisikara Diana. This is the first time we’ve seen this legendary warrior queen acting like Gal Gadot, and she just made her debut in the midst of World War I in a fiery costume. Now Diana Prince (she can never be called a Wonder Woman, even more intensely) is living discreetly as a civilian in Ronald Reagan of Washington – or anyone so discreetly can.
Prince works as an archaeologist at the Smithsonian Museum, and it is here that Diana examines an ancient stone that has the magical power to make anyone wish. Poor, lonely Diana silently wishes to be reunited with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), whom she fell in love with, but her nerdy colleague, the Maledroit gemologist Minerva, who is more beta-stalker than the impossibly gorgeous Diana, Desire. And there’s a third sage: Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a maglominiac oil entrepreneur and museum donor, who has multiple desires, so he wants to be a stone of love, to be a human stone, so that he agrees with anyone. Meets and wishes something useful for his interest. Is it a version of Maxwell Lord Norman Vincent Peel, the positive thinking guru who had such an impact on President Nixon and Trump?
Wonder Woman 1984 kicked off with two huge and very entertaining set pieces. On the legendary island of Themisira herself, Diana was portrayed as a little girl (starring in Lily Aspel’s first film) competing explicitly in the annual games: physical fitness, endurance, archery and horseback riding – and a fierce competition as well as a very enjoyable adult. The use of Diana at the big end is the end of a moral lesson. (Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright are accidentally portrayed here as the old, intelligent Amazon, but Diana seems to have been in her beautiful prime for the past 60-odd years.) Then we see a jewelry robbery attempt at a 1980s shopping mall, which is Magic. Revealing the gem and letting Diana cheat with some A1 buddy-failure. None of the successful activity scenes have a funny idea
Thus the chaotic, and CGI-internationally located operation continues with some very mature and eyebrow-raising images of Egypt. Chris Pine’s resurrected Steve has to grab the body of an existing human in Washington like a ghost, and the idea is that Diana has fallen in love so much that she (and we) only see Steve’s lovely chops. Diana herself, she leans in with confidence about the place, and the white gown she wears for the museum party scene, daringly spread her legs, is a joy.
Yet the scene thief is Waig: she plays the clutter loser and stumbles around the place because, unlike Diana, she can’t handle the heels, which is an important indicator of female power in this film.
He saved Diana from being harassed by a drunken man, the source of her unhealthy envy. Her own transformation has resulted in Olivia Newton-John being miraculously super sexy at the end of the grease – but oddly enough, she is looking at the mature flower of her villain to transform into a cheetah as an alpha hunter. (I think he looked better as a man than a lost cast member of cats.)
Often, I hope Wig could have been given a more accurate line of fun, but it wasn’t obviously going to ignore the seriousness of the stars – even though jokes are allowed in movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is an epicly long and epicly brushed film by director and co-writer Patty Jenkins, but the Queen of Gadot has self-possession and she has imposed her authority on him.
• Wonder Woman 1984 has been in cinemas since December 16th.