Wonder Woman 1984 sees the return of Diana Prince as part of the DC Extended Universe.
The film starts with a younger Diana Prince in a racing contest. The introduction is fun and adds a little backstory to her superhero family.
Then we find an adult Diana working in a museum. The film takes a while to set up the different characters, reintroducing us to old ones and explaining the protagonist. Steve Trevor turns up (somehow?).
Our baddy, Max Lord wants to grant everyone their wish. He fakes an interest in her nerdy coworker, Barbara (Kristen Wiig) to make contact with an archeological crystal. When he finally gets his hands on it, the crystal explodes and he’s imbued with magical wish-giving powers (think genie).
Barbara (Kristen Wiig) is perhaps the most interesting new character. But she unleashes a completely new side when she wishes for her own superpowers.
The 1980s setting is cool. The storyline meanders around but fails to explain the reasons behind what is going on. Max’s megalomania becomes out of control.
Some parts of the film drag on too long. It feels like a blockbuster that was rushed out the door with no audience feedback. All of the right elements are here, but the editing could have done with a second opinion. There are parts where the dialogue sound like it’s been badly translated.
If you’re a true Wonder Woman fan, then the film deserves a visit to the big screen but just suspend your judgement and expectations.