As the Nerd Report‘s DC Guy, I’ve been asked about Wonder Woman 1984. But since I don’t do detailed film reviews, I’ll just give my 1st impression. So here’s what I have to say… short and sweet. I didn’t like it.
In years past, the 1st step in the filmmaking process was having a GREAT script. Then a director was hired and a star obtained, based on the strength of that marvelous story and well-written script.
But nowadays, a director is obtained, a star signs on, and a release date is secured, before a script is even written. As if coming up with a good script/story is effortless, and a given. And unfortunately, some productions even begin filming before the script is finalized… I’m not saying that’s what happened here, but why is that a thing?
That being said, I know some people will find Wonder Woman 1984 entertaining. But unfortunately I’m not one of them. I found the story and script, written by Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns and David Callahan, lacking. And that’s a shame, since I am such a huge DC fan.
Wonder Woman 1984: I sat down with my family to watch this, but at the 50 minute mark, everyone bailed on the film but me. And I have to say, that I didn’t blame them.
The story seemed cartoonish and didn’t work for me, and the script itself had a lot of problems. The pacing was sluggish, I found the special effects uneven, and the movie feels too long at two-and-a-half hours. Plus, the climactic battle was blurry and out of focus, and I think the wrap-up was heavy-handed and generic.
I had high hopes for Wonder Woman 1984, since I loved the first Wonder Woman film, written by Allan Heinberg. But I found Wonder Woman 1984 to be disappointing. And yes, a third film has already been greenlit, with no script in sight. Way to go Hollywood! Once again, hoisted by your own petard…