Sometimes the anticipation of a movie causes the expectations to be larger than they should be.  I think that is what might have happened to me while watching this movie, as I can only give it 3.5 Icees out of 5.  Apparently I am not alone because Rottentomatoes has this at a critic rating of 62% and an audience rating not much better (72%).  This movie spent too much time building the baddies and not enough time dealing with them.

This movie was delayed so many times I am not sure when the original release date was (May, August, December?).  Perhaps when you combine that and the fact that the original movie was SO good (4.5 Icees), it gave me hope that this movie would really just knock it out of the park.  Although it is a good movie, it’s not nearly as good as I had hoped it would be.

First and foremost, the 2-1/2hr movie spends way too much time developing the baddies.  Yes, character development is important, but when you spend twice (or maybe three times) as long on developing the baddies as you do defeating them, it’s just a bad mixture.  Secondly, Gal Gadot spent more time as Diana than she did as Wonder Woman.  After all, the movie wasn’t called, “Diana Prince 1984”.  Finally, some of the CGI was bad… I mean, you had 8 extra months to fix it!!  Finally, the “event” was too big for something to have happened in the past.  People would still be talking about it today if this thing had actually occurred.  If you’re going to do a movie about the past, either make the event historically plausible (like in WW-1) or make it more low-key.

Now just a word on Warner Brothers decision to air this on HBO-Max at the same time it was in the theaters.  Maybe this wasn’t about increasing HBO-Max subscribers after all.  Maybe they knew this one wasn’t as good and wouldn’t do as well at the box office and this was a way to hide that?  I am probably wrong because they have already green-lighted WW-3.

Okay, so I’ve spent enough time trashing the movie, let’s talk about what is good about it, shall we?  The acting is great, especially Kristen Wiig as Cheetah.  The action scenes (although there are not nearly enough of them) were done very well, but the best part of the movie for those that like this sort of thing was the storytelling.  It does tell the story in enough detail that you understand why the villains are villains.

There is a scene partway through the credits, but nothing afterwards.

Enjoy…