Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman 1984 is another win for the DCEU. The film is a call back to earlier superhero films and television with its fun and camp. Like the first film in the franchise, this one features a massive heart. Lastly, Gal Gadot returns to form with a new level of comfort and confidence in the role that solidifies her as the Wonder Woman of a generation.
Bringing Back the Camp
One of the most striking things about the film is its effective use of camp. It uses just the right amount, which brings warmth and fun to the story. Jenkin’s has expressed her love for Superman The Motion Picture, often hailed as the first modern superhero film. Wonder Woman 1984 seems to be a direct callback to that film in that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It features campy criminals, 80s references, and quirky characters that solidify it in the superhero comic book genre.
Keeping the Heart
In 2017, the first Wonder Woman film was considered the best film in the DCEU. One of its biggest strengths was the heart of the story. The Sequel expands on that element and keeps the heart at its core. This film explores the themes of desire, longing, and love. It also looks at the consequences of selfishness. Its finale reminds us that we often fail to see that what we need or desire is already there. But it doesn’t sugar coat anything either. When things don’t turn out, we are reminded through Diana (Gal Gadot) to find the courage to move on.
Wonder Woman for a New Generation
The biggest strength of Wonder Woman 1984 is Gal Gadot. Her debut as Diana Prince was well-received, and she has now raised the bar. Gal seems completely comfortable as Wonder Woman. She exudes the heroism and confidence of the character while also adding a playful charm. This film also features more physicality, and Gal rises to the occasion. More importantly, the film features some heavier, emotional scenes. Gal Gadot executes them with ease and displays some of the best performances of her career.
If you enjoyed Wonder Woman, you will find the same enjoyable qualities in Wonder Woman 1984.