Wonder Woman 1984: A Great Throwback in More Ways Than One

Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham is the editor-in-chief of Elections Daily. He is a lifelong resident of western North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University. You can follow him on Twitter at @decunningham2. @decunningham2.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    Your assessment of the film is far more generous than mine.

    There was a fair amount of “Magneto syndrome” in the Barbara Minerva storyline, and the Max Lord character development never really picked a narrative of who he was to follow. Should we feel sorry for him, is he a recapitulated Trump, is he Lex Luthor? No, he’s not Luthor, which is fine, but… he just didn’t work as a villain. The rules of his game weren’t well explained or demonstrated, and it just never clicked.

    The cameo was wasted.

    Most all, though, the script lost sight of who Diana is, what makes her special. There’s a bit of Superman II that could have been echoed with her arc, had a) the intro sequence foreshadowed it (or at least, done so more clearly), b) the rules of the plot had been explained better and earlier, and c) Diana’s dismissal of the silly masculinity of the modern world had been more prominent.

    I found it a great disappointment. YMMV; the visual spectacle (yes in the truck chase especially) is enjoyable and Hans Zimmer produced a terrific score.Report

    • I don’t see Lord as a stand-in for Trump, really. He’s clearly a flawed conman who gets way in over his head and gets drunk on power. He’s almost more of a mockery of televangelists. Most of the so-called political statements here are insanely weak compared to, say, anything in the X-Men franchise.

      As for the dynamic of losing powers, that reminded me more of Spider-Man 2 than Superman II but I can see the comparisons to either.Report

  2. Oscar Gordon says:

    I enjoyed it. Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.Report

  3. Chris says:

    With Suicide Squad, easily one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.Report