Wonder Woman 1984
2020
**
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucian Perez, Amr Waked, Gabriella Wilde

Wonder Woman was an uneven but mostly enjoyable superhero movie. This sequel, which is set in 1984, continues in the same light-hearted fashion but ends up a bloated and poorly written mess. Max Lord, a wannabe oil tycoon, knows that one of the artefacts at the Smithsonian can make him an immensely wealthy figure. Diana, who works at the museum, and her timid new colleague Barbara have just unknowingly used the item to fulfill their own personal wishes. This wishing stone plot device becomes boring, repetitive, and illogical surprisingly fast. During the events, Wonder Woman discovers old and new powers in herself and her Lasso of Truth. Oddly she had forgotten all of those in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Cold fact is that Gal Gadot cannot act. Pedro Pascal can, but he really chews the scenery as Max Lord, who turns out to be a greedy and self-deluded man rather than a proper villain.