Wonder Woman 1984

October 29, 2023 - People of a certain age may remember the holidays as the time when the mail carrier delivered the best thing of the year – the Sears Wish Book. Kids spent hours combing through the catalog and circling all the toys they hoped Santa might bring. But not all of those toys appeared under the tree, and even some that did, didn't live up to expectations. So, kids, be careful what you wish for.

Movie fans learned that the hard way. When Wonder Woman wowed audiences in 2017, they – me included – enthusiastically wished for another one just like the other one. What they got instead was Wonder Woman 1984.

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine returned for this PG-13 film that was released in theaters on Christmas Day, 2020. Director Patty Jenkins also returned and helped write the script. The cast featured Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter also appears briefly.

As you may have guessed from the title, the film is set in 1984. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gadot) is working at the Smithsonian. She's still mourning the loss of Captain Steve Trevor (Pine) more than 60 years ago. But then an ancient relic ends up in the hands of a desperate businessman (Pascal). Suddenly, he has the power to grant wishes, and Diana can’t resist wishing for Steve to come back to her. But, as Diana and everyone else in the world soon find out, wishes often come with unintentional and unwanted consequences.

Overall review: ** Not as good as the first film and, at 2.5 hours, longer than necessary. Mostly, it seemed like a giant contrivance to pair up Gadot and Pine for a second time.