While not as good as the first film "Wonder Woman 1984" is still a great film that offers a lot of excitement and reminds us why we need female superheroes in our lives. Patty Jenkins returns to the director's chair, and her decision to set Wonder Woman in the 1980s shows that women have come a long way since World War 1 to become heroes within our everyday lifestyles. Gal Gadot is once again fantastic as Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman. Continuing from the original film, Gadot shows that she is the definitive Wonder Woman captured on screen. Chris Pine reprises his role as Steve Trevor, his performance and chemistry with Gadot is once again very good. Kristen Wiig is excellent as the villain Barbara Minerva AKA Cheetah, breaking away from comedic roles such as "Bridesmaids" and her long run on "Saturday Night Live," Wiig completely strips her comedic chops for a dramatic villainous role and pulls it off with great success. Pedro Pascal also gives a good performance as businessman Maxwell Lord, the other villain of the movie. The pacing in the first act is very slow, but it's an exciting adventure from beginning to end once the action kicks in the second act. "Wonder Woman 1984" may not be superior to the 2017 masterpiece, but the film manages to stand on its own and be a fun, feel-good superhero movie in a time where we need great escapism films. A huge majority of the film's success is thanks to the great action scenes, amazing direction by Patty Jenkins, and fantastic performances by Gadot, Pine, Wiig, and Pascal. The film also reminds us that Gal Gadot's name surprisingly hasn't come up in the conversation when it comes to actors that were made for superhero roles. Between this film and the 2017 original film, Gal Gadot has 100% earned her spot in that prestigious club along with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
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