First, I like this model where movies are released for streaming concurrently with the theater release. As someone who rarely goes to the theater anymore, and usually just waits for the movie to come out on streaming anyway, it’s a very cool change. I know Warner Brothers is taking a lot of heat from people in the industry for it, but I hope it sticks around.
I have nothing against theaters but…well, that’s not true, I do. Theaters are a hassle. We’re forced to arrive early, sit through commercials and trailers we can now catch on Youtube, pay stupid prices for snacks, there are no bathroom breaks, and getting out afterward is a hassle. So, sorry movie theaters, but I’d just assume you weren’t mandatory anymore, although I hope you’re able to find a business model for people who still want the experience.
Anyway, the movie is something of a slow boil. It has a lot of set up, but it does pay off pretty well. As the title indicates, it takes place in the 1980s, and we’re pretty much hit in the face with 80s motifs. Diana now works for the Smithsonian as an anthropologist. She’s still mourning Steve Trevor several decades after his death.
The story centers on her, and two other characters that, at the beginning, are both in unhappy circumstances. Not being up on my Wonder Woman lore, I wasn’t familiar with their names, so the foreshadowing wasn’t obvious, but it probably will be to hardcore Wonder Woman fans. All of their lives are upended, and gradually the entire world, from an ancient artefact that appears to grant everyone a wish (hey, it is movie based on comic books), with all kinds of unanticipated consequences.
What follows has its ups and downs, with continually escalating action. It gradually becomes clear to the audience that Diana is going to have to pay a terrible cost to save the world, and what that cost will be. Despite knowing it, I still felt it when it came time to pay.
DC has had a lot of struggles with their movies. I never thought the worst performing ones were as awful as many made them out to be, but DC definitely wasn’t hitting it out of the park the way Marvel could. The first Wonder Woman movie seemed to finally get them out of dark and edgy mode (a formula they kept applying long after it was obvious that what worked for the Christopher Nolan Batman movies wasn’t necessarily applicable to everything else).
I wouldn’t say this one was quite as good as the first movie, but all in all I enjoyed it. If you like superhero movies, I’d say it’s definitely worth your time to check out.