Wonder Woman 1984 review: Gal Gadot’s return is a wild, neon-injected thrill ride

Surprise Girl returns for her ’80s journey.

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Greater than a 12 months after its authentic launch date and a number of coronavirus-related delays later, Surprise Girl 1984 is right here. And the delays have not harm the blockbuster in any respect. Actor Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins‘ second solo DC Prolonged Universe film is a pleasure.

After a flashback on our hero’s house island establishes the film’s central theme by a spectacular opening sequence, we soar ahead many years to search out Diana (Gadot) stopping crime in essentially the most ’80s location possible: a shopping center. This units us up properly for the neon-tinged Chilly Conflict-era journey forward.

The sequel to 2017’s Surprise Girl hits UK theaters Dec. 16, US theaters and HBO Max Dec. 25, and Australian theaters Dec. 26. Regardless that practically 70 years have handed for the reason that occasions of the primary film, immortal demigod Diana hasn’t moved on from the lack of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). He was the primary man she’d ever seen, and he whisked her off to a lifetime of pleasure and superheroics, so I assume it is comprehensible.


Barbara Minerva takes a trendy flip as her character evolves.

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Within the midst of this loneliness, she befriends fellow museum employee Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig). She’s the sort of socially awkward character seen in numerous ’80s motion pictures, an individual others ignore or overlook. Wiig places her Bridesmaids-honed comedic chops to good use because the seemingly powerless Barbara, making her completely endearing regardless of occasional bumbling, and offers a pleasant distinction to Gadot’s extra stoic Diana. 

Minerva’s villainy performs off that relationship, and he or she turns into extra intense (and cooler trying) because the film progresses. She loses a lot of her appeal as she goes unhealthy, nonetheless. 


Max Lord is a person of favor.

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Fundamental villain Max Lord (The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal) matches one other acquainted ’80s mildew — the top of a failing enterprise whose slick TV infomercials lure traders right into a pyramid scheme. Determined for true success, he needs to trace down an historical stone that may grant needs. 

Pascal infuses a few of the appeal we noticed in his Recreation of Thrones character Oberyn Martell into the greasy Lord, making him a nuanced baddy with sharp retro fits. We by no means lose sight of his emotional turmoil, even when there are additionally some distracting logical leaps in terms of the powers he positive aspects (although these leaps are in the end excusable, since they’re magic).

Diana quickly finds herself coping with the return of Steve Trevor, organising a pleasant flip of the dynamic they’d within the first film. She is not the identical wide-eyed fish out of water she was the final time they met — by 1984 she’s in tune with the trendy world, whereas his final reminiscences are of 1918. This sends us on a enjoyable tour of ’80s Washington DC as they examine the reason for his return.


Steve Trevor adapts to a brand new period.

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Gadot and Pine are as enjoyable to look at as ever on this colourful setting. They even handle to convey Surprise Girl’s most ridiculous gadget into this cinematic universe convincingly, giving the film a heat emotional grounding as Lord goes on a wish-granting energy journey and occasions develop into more and more chaotic.

A piece of the film would not have main motion sequences, however the characters are all so partaking you will not get bored. And when the motion comes, it is a delight. Diana’s powers provide loads of visible selection, whereas composer Hans Zimmer makes use of her epic theme music to get your adrenaline pumping.

Surprisingly, the film would not faucet into many ’80s songs to set the scene, like 2019’s Captain Marvel did with its ’90s soundtrack, leaving Zimmer’s rating to do a lot of the heavy lifting. As an alternative, colourful outfits and areas, massive hair and beige workplaces convey us into the period.

As partaking as most of this journey is, it does really feel just a little lengthy at 2 hours and 31 minutes. The situation of the finale can be just a little drab and darkish, contemplating all the colourful locations we go to beforehand. 

Surprise Girl 1984 works superbly as a followup to the superhero’s 2017 journey, increasing Diana’s character and leaning into the ’80s with type. It is simply essentially the most emotionally partaking DC Prolonged Universe film, with eye-popping motion scenes, vivid settings and a optimistic message that is a breath of recent air. Jenkins’ subsequent cease is likely to be a galaxy far, far-off, however let’s hope she and Gadot reunite for one more DC journey quickly.

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