Controversy doesn’t spoil WW84

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Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman

Maggie Erekson, Editor in Chief

For some, the new Wonder Woman sequel is the first movie they have seen in theatres in a year. Despite being postponed multiple times, it was released on Christmas Day. It was also released at the same time on HBO Max, which costs $14.99 a month.

Thanks to many other movies being postponed or moved, it has been one of the most highly anticipated movies all year. It also had to live up to the hype from the first movie, which received a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  All in all, people had high hopes that this movie would send 2020 packing with a bang. 

In the end, what they got was a movie, but no more or less than that. It certainly wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. With a run-time of two and a half hours, it might have been a good way to pass the time over winter break, but it wasn’t the success that the movie studio and audiences were hoping for. 

If all you were looking for was a fun superhero romp where the heroine has to overcome some obstacles and minions before she defeats the boss in an epic final battle, this is your movie. On a very basic level, it checks all the boxes. However, the more you think about this movie, the more it becomes problematic. 

The plot of the movie centers around an ancient, wish-granting, artifact called the dreamstone. The rules of this are never explained very well, but it is the driving force behind both of the movie’s villains. Barbra Minerva (Kristen Wiig) wishes to become more like her new friend Diana, but gradually loses her humanity as she transforms into the villain Cheetah. 

In a twisted and confusing way, the other villain is a con man named Max Lord (Pablo Pascal), who becomes the dreamstone, and tries to take over the world.  

Barbra was a sweet girl, and her obvious admiration for Diana made her relatable, but her descent into villain-hood seemed sudden and the explanation a little shaky. Lord would have been a good villain if the rules were a little more clear. 

The biggest issue that most viewers have with the wish-granting is Steve Trevor. His death at the end of the first movie was tragic, so many were confused how he would appear in the second movie. Turns out, it is in the body of another man.

 This may seem confusing, and believe me, it is. Where did the other man’s consciousness go while Trevor was in there? Did the love scene between Diana and Trevor constitute rape? Why did he have to inhabit a different body at all if the dreamstone can make nuclear missiles appear out of thin air? Unclear. 

In the end, this movie didn’t live up to the hype. It tried to go bigger and better, and was crushed under its own weight. But as a source of escapism, it’s pretty good. 

Three out of ten paws