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No Wonder: A review of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

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A column header designed for Night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews opinion from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “Stargazer” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now peeps, as you may know, “Wonder Woman 1984” was released exclusively on HBO Max Christmas Day of 2020 and has gotten a divisive reaction, to say the least. People seem to either love it or hate it. I am a huge fan of comic books, and Wonder Woman is one of my favorite female-centric ones. So, naturally, I watched it. So what did I think of it you may ask? Well, read on.

“Wonder Woman 1984” was originally set to be released in November of 2019, only to be delayed numerous times, until it was finally released on Dec. 25, 2020. It tells the tale of Diana Prince, who nearly 70 years after the events of the first film, is still using her powers to help people while working at the Smithsonian Institute. It is here she meets one Barbara Minerva, a pushed over, but kind, zoologist and archaeologist. The two come into contact with an ancient artifact that can grant any one wish for the holder… at a price. Thus, Prince must do battle with the man who steals the artifact, a power-hungry oil baron with delusions of grandeur, and Minerva herself drunk on newfound powers.

The film features the return of Gal Gadot best known for her role as Wonder Woman and for being in “The Fast and The Furious” movies. Chris Pine, known for starring in the most recent “Star Trek” movies in the role of Captain James T. Kirk, also returns in the role of Steve Trevor, Diana’s beloved who has returned from the grave. Joining the cast is Kristen Wiig of “Saturday Night Live” and “Bridesmaid’s” fame in the role of Minerva. Also joining the cast is Pedro Pascal, known for playing the titular character in   “The Mandalorian,” playing the role of Maxwell Lord, a failing oil baron who seeks the artifact to maintain his success. 

The movie itself was…interestingly, not bad. The fight scenes were spectacular; the effects, although reliant on CGI, were nonetheless good. And the villains were good, as well as Gadot, per usual. But then again, I’m pretty sure she could act out paint drying and I would still be incredibly entertained. Chris Pine is also good. 

Parts of the film were problematic from questions of consent if you watched the movie that will make sense, to the movie’s portrayal of Arab people. You could ultimately make an argument that the end was a tad bit cheesy. However, I still overall enjoyed the movie and I would give it six torches out of 10. If you simply want a visually entertaining superhero movie then I recommend this film.