‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Early Reviews Are, Dare We Say, Wonderful
"It’s just what I needed. What we all need."
After a year of ever-shifting release dates the long-awaited sequel to Wonder Woman is almost here — and early reviews are calling Wonder Woman 1984 a bonafide badass sequel that more than lives up to its predecessor.
The sequel sees director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot reunited, and doing what they do best. There is a review embargo on the film until 15th, so all the reviews coming in now are totally spoiler-free. But that hasn’t stopped those who have already seen it practically singing on Twitter about it.
It’s Full Of Hope, And Exactly What We Need Right Now!
Many critics cannot stop gushing about the film’s timely message of hope and love. Wonder Woman 1984, despite being set in the past is exactly the film we need right now.
I’m so happy to report that #WW84 is an absolute blast from start to finish. An exceptional compliment to the first film, it’s stuffed w/ heart, hope, love, action, romance & humor. @PattyJenks, @GalGadot & team delivered one of DC's best sequels. I was in tears when it ended. pic.twitter.com/ivPkBFmehd
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 5, 2020
Amy Ratcliffe, editor at Nerdist tweeted that Wonder Woman 1984 is “just what I needed. What we all need. It’s uplifting, hopeful, and so utterly Wonder Woman.”
While Luke Bugg from The Podcast of Steel said that WW84 is “the film the world needs right now, no matter what sized screen you get to see it on.”
WONDER WOMAN 1984 is — forgive the term — wonderful. It doubles down on the compassion and cheese that made the first so great, as well as its tenacious belief in the best of humanity. A magical, sorely needed beacon of hope in this year
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) December 5, 2020
The New Characters Played By Pedro Pascal And Kristen Wiig Are Show Stealers.
Of course, praises for Gadot’s reprisal of the role were plentiful. “Gadot perfectly captures the essence of Wonder Woman once again!” JimmyO from JoBlo’s Movie Network tweeted.
But admiration for Pascal and Wigg, both new characters in the franchise are equally as high. Megan Damore from CBR wrote, “All of the villains are so wonderfully layered. Kristin Wiig excels in the role of Barbara Minerva/Cheetah… Pedro Pascal adds a lot of fun as Maxwell Lord, but even he is more than he appears.”
Huge news: Wonder Woman 1984 is fantastic! The story is excellent & has a great, timely message; it packs in a ton of surprises; and amazing work is done with both Cheetah & Max Lord (Wiig & Pascal are both stellar). Get hyped, because it's the real deal. #WonderWoman1984 #WW1984 pic.twitter.com/9UQLyxn3gx
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) December 5, 2020
Erik Davis from Fandango wrote, “…a terrific ensemble cast; Pedro Pascal & Kristen Wiig were complex & unexpected foes.”
Brandon Davies tweeted that Pascal and Wiig, “are the highlights of #WonderWoman1984 for me.”
Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig are the highlights of #WonderWoman1984 for me.
Pascal goes ALL IN on a wild portrayal of Max Lord, a conflicted but vile villain.
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) December 5, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 Is An Instant Classic!
Many critics remarked on how the film feels different to other superhero films. Namely, because it feels more like a classic superhero film. Amy Ratcliffe tweeted, “WW84 doesn’t look or feel like any other modern superhero movie.”
While critic, Courtney Howard also said that Wonder Woman 1984 is, “tonally reminiscent of the SUPERMAN movies in the best spots.”
#WonderWoman1984 is spectacularly fun. A blockbuster with lots to value. Tonally reminiscent of the SUPERMAN movies in the best spots. Delivers a different kind of empowering kick than the original. Sentiments & themes are thoroughly enriching. Action sequences, sublime. pic.twitter.com/QFwbbFRieX
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) December 6, 2020
Josh Horowitz from MTV also praised the film’s nostalgic edge. He tweeted, that the Wonder Woman sequel, “felt like a lost film from the Richard Donner era of superhero films.”
Donner, of course, is the iconic film director responsible for the original Superman films from the 70s and 80s, as well as Lethal Weapon and The Goonies.
The highest compliment I can pay #WW84 is that it at times felt like a lost film from the Richard Donner era of superhero films. Plenty to love in this one. I have some exciting stuff cooking with the cast and @PattyJenks. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/aB9H7EA8XH
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) December 5, 2020
The Only Critique So Far? It’s A Little Long…
If you’re not a fan of films over 2 hours long, reviews of Wonder Woman 1984 have warned against its long run-time.
Viewers are warned that the film’s 2hr 31-minute runtime does potentially drag in places (only if you object to over 2 hours of Wonder Woman excellence).
I prefer Wonder Woman to Wonder Woman 1984. But I also much prefer seeing filmmakers take new, big swings with sequels and that’s definitely what Patty Jenkins and co. do here. Not everything adds up, but the value of selflessness, love and compassion do shine through. #WW84 pic.twitter.com/xG4JS0NVbv
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 5, 2020
Germain Lussier over at io9 wrote that despite the film’s ambition and well-needed message of hope, that “it’s also very long, to a fault at times.” Similarly, Hoai-Tran Bui from Slash Film wrote, “it’s definitely on the long side, and sometimes slathers on so much cheese that it might be a health hazard.”
Was It Worth The Wait?
The short answer is hell yeah!
Dorian parks from Geeks of Colour wrote, “I loved the first film and I can confidently say the sequel take everything to another level!”
I had the chance watch #WonderWoman1984 early!
I loved the first film and I can confidently say the sequel take everything to another level! Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig absolutely kill it as Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
Let Patty Jenkins take charge of the entire DCEU! pic.twitter.com/UpPbCNOsxH
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) December 5, 2020
Damore echoed that the sequel was worth the wait, “between the stunning visuals and resonant emotional beats, it’s a piece brimming with charm and confidence.”
Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting Australian cinemas Boxing Day!