The much-anticipated follow-up to "Wonder Woman," which finds director Patty Jenkins, star Gal Gadot, and co-star Chris Pine all returning in a sequel set in the decadent '80s, is now available for streaming on HBO Max, and can be viewed in theaters where they're actually open.
In ideal times, the proper way to see such a grand-scale spectacle would most definitely be on the biggest screen available with the greatest sound to experience it as the filmmakers truly intended.
But we aren't in normal times, and for the moment it's a good thing that audiences can experience "WW84" from the comfort and safety of their homes. The real question, though, when so many options are available…is the film worthy of your viewing time? And does it live up to the hype?
Reasons to Sink
- At a running time of just over 2.5 hours, "Wonder Woman 1984" can feel a little over (and under) stuffed. There's a lot going on, and you might still think afterwards, it's all a bit fluffy.
- As a Trump-esque entrepreneur who uses a magical relic to grant wishes and then attempts to take over the world, Pedro Pascal's villain is intentionally over-the-top, and may be an acquired taste for some audiences.
Reasons to Stream
- Gal Gadot is the ultimate superheroine, and she's just as fantastic here as she was in the original "Wonder Woman." If you loved her there, you're going to enjoy this next endlessly entertaining, colorful adventure.
- Filmmaker Patty Jenkins goes for broke with the movie, introducing a lot of themes and ideas that lesser directors might assume don't have a place in epic-scale action movies. We're grateful that she knows movie watchers can handle concepts about governance and true altruism along with all of the fight scenes.
- No expense is spared to provide a first-class cinematic entertainment. While we would have loved to have seen this in IMAX, we're grateful to have seen it right now at all.
Sink or Stream?
This is the biggest movie to be released during the pandemic, and it is a must-see on streaming.
Jenkins, Gadot and company continue to expand the "Wonder Woman" franchise in new and entertaining directions. There's also an amazing flourish at the end that may promise another intriguing addition to the series. It's exciting to see the superheroine lead the way in the DCEU, and a third "WW" film has already been greenlit.
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