Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Movie Review

Wonder Woman 1984 Stylish & Thought Provoking

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Dave Callaham, Geoff Johns, Patty Jenkins (Screenplay) William Moulton Marston (Creator)

Starring: Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright

Plot: Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

Tagline – A new era of wonder begins.

Runtime: 2 Hour 31s Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Wonder Woman 1984 starts as we see Diana (Gadot) working for the Smithsonian being one of the few people to show Barbara Minerva (Wiig), offering her friendship, while fighting crime in her free time, her latest actions lead to the discovery of a secret item that has the power to grant wishes, one which Diana uses herself to help deal with her loneliness after losing Steve (Pine), decades of loneliness.

Diana gets a chance to be with Steve once again, only for this item to fall into the wrong hands leading to conman Max Lord (Pascal) gaining power around the world and Barbara going through her own transformation, with Diana needing to make a difficult decision if she wants to save the world again.

Thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984

Characters & Performances – Diana has lived decades in the real world now, growing to educate herself working in Smithsonian, giving her access to artifacts from around the world, she does still fight crime around Washington, while dealing with the crippling loneliness of life without her love one Steve. Diana gets a chance to be with Steve again, with the tables turned with her needing to him about the modern world, well 1984. She is however left with another one of the hardest decisions of her life, save the world or have her own happiness. Gal Gadot continues to shine in this role, looking part, showing her distant side and the kindness others avoid. Steve Trevor is the love of Diana’s who has returned to her, he needs to learn about the 1980s culture and support her on the latest fight, even if he does know what is best. Chris Pine does bring the comedy the side to the film, always being amazed by what Diana can do, but he also brings the serious side required in the supporting role. Barbara Minerva is the geek socially awkward nerd figure that is desperate to breakout of her position, have friends. She gets to change, and in a way she doesn’t want to give up, becoming an enemy Diana never imagined seeing. Kristen Wiig does wonderful job in this, showing how important just being part of the world is to her character. Maxwell Lord is trying to sell black oil, he is a glorified con man that has seen his actions catch up with him, until he unlocks a true piece of power that could have harnessed from a mysterious item. Pedro Pascal is great in this role, showing us just how desperate for power his character is.

StoryThe story here does bring Diana into the 1980s, where she is living a quieter life in historical discovery in the Smithsonian, which will see a mysterious artifact appear and change her world, putting Diana in a position where she will need to fight to save the world. This story does go in a very different direction to what you would be expecting, taking an idea to make an enemy Diana wouldn’t be able to prepare for, one which will see her needing to make her own decision to save the world, we get a lot of drama about knowing who you need to be in the world, with Diana needing to learn this lesson, just as much as the other characters, with Diana, Barbara and Maxwell all having in depth looks at their lives and what they would like to change.

ThemesWonder Woman 1984 does have glorious action sequences, with the opening showing us a lesson Diana learnt while she was young, along with the car chase we saw the biggest moment in the trailer, the final battle does however feel like the weakest part of the action, much like how it was the weakest part of the first Wonder Woman movie. When we look at the themes that are being focused on, we do take a step away from the action, which is different for a superhero movie. The film does take place in Washington before a trip to Egypt, which will give the big action sequence, with the journey there giving us a beautiful flight moment. The effects in the film are mixed because the Cheetah doesn’t end up looking as slick as it could, but elsewhere things all look great.

Final Thoughts Wonder Woman 1984 is a delightful treat in the superhero selection of films, one that will stick with you once it is all set and done.

Saturday Church (2017) Movie Review

Director: Damon Cardasis

Writer: Damon Cardasis (Screenplay)

Starring: Luka Kain, Indya Moore, Mj Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Jaylin Fletcher, Regina Taylor

Plot: A 14 year-old-boy, struggling with gender identity and religion, begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Important

Story: Saturday Church starts as we meet 14-year-old Ulysses (Kain) who has just lost his father, meaning his mother Amara (Bingham) needs to work more leaving Aunt Rose (Taylor) looking after Ulysses and his little brother Abe (Fletcher).

Ulysses gets bullied at school, with his family knowing he likes to cross dress, after he meets Ebony (Rodriguez) he starts to learn about the trans community in the city, where he gets to learn about himself and understand his own gender identity.

Thoughts on Saturday Church

Characters – Ulysses is a teenage boy that has been struggling with his identity, he likes women’s clothing, only his family is against everything he is trying to understand, with his aunt pushing him away more than anyone else. Ulysses meets other trans people who help him understand the stigma he will face in life, but show him that everything will be ok in the end for him. Amara is the over the works mother of Ulysses, not only has she lost her husband, but she needs to support the two boys, she tries to discourage Ulysses, but will learn to accept that his happiness is the most important thing. Ebony introduces Ulysses to the Saturday Church, a place where the LGBTQ community can meet and feel safe, learn how to become accepted in the world that often shuns them. Aunt Rose is against Ulysses not being a straight black man, threatening to beat it out of him, bring even more problems in his life.

PerformancesLuka Kain in the leading role is brilliant, showing the insecurity he is feeling, while showing the delight around the people that bring him to life. While the rest of the cast do a great job showing the struggles they have been through or are going through.

StoryThe story here follows a 14-year-old boy that is stuck trying to figure out his gender identity, where he learns who would be in his life during this stage of his life, where he needs them most. This does show us how difficult it could be for a teenager going through a gender identity crisis, seeing how not having supporting in life, can bring on a form of depression until the support needed is found. It shows us how the stigma around Ulysses can ruin self-confidence, but once embraced he will come out of his shell to become a better man.

MusicalThe musical side of the film comes from the fantasies that Ulysses uses to escape the struggles he is facing in life.

SettingsThe film uses the New York setting to show the different worlds around, showing that in every corner of the city will have somewhere you could belong in.

Scene of the Movie – Musical numbers.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The school attitude.

Final Thoughts This is important drama that shows the struggles people who are struggling with gender identity will face in life, with them needing to find a place they can become themselves in.

Overall: Drama worth watching.