'Wonder Woman 1984': 7 New Details We've Learned From Critic Reviews

Rose Burke

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  • Wonder Woman 1984 was screened by movie critics over the weekend and their reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
  • The sequel is set to be released on Christmas Day on HBO Max and will be free to stream for current subscribers.
  • Critic reviews have revealed the film will pay homage to the '80s in numerous ways, have a memorable opening scene, leave viewers in tears, and more!

Several critics got an early preview of the long-awaited DC film, Wonder Woman 1984, and their responses have fans scouring every corner of the internet for more info. Scheduled to be released on HBO Max December 25, the anticipated sequel takes Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, and Steve Trevor into the '80s where they navigate a world full of new technology and poor fashion choices.

Both Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprise their roles in the film, while actors Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are introduced to the franchise as villains. Wiig plays Barbara Minerva, aka The Cheetah, while Pascal portrays Max Lord. You can get a look at them in the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 here:

Details surrounding the film's plot have been kept under wraps however, critic responses give a bit more insight into what viewers can expect. Here's a look at what critics have revealed about the new Wonder Woman 1984 film:

1. Heat Between Gal Gadot And Chris Pine

The chemistry between Gadot and Pine in 2017's Wonder Woman was undeniable, leaving many wanting more. Fans will be relieved to learn that the heat isn't lost in the sequel!

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Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

According to film critic and Managing Editor of Fandango Erik Davis, things are so hot between Diana and Steve that the only way to describe it is with a fire emoji.

Another critic chimed in on their relationship saying:

"Much like the first film, the chemistry between Gal Gadot's Diana and Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is off the charts!"

2. Epic Music

Davis also claims Wonder Woman 1984 is "among Hans Zimmer's best scores." The award-winning composer has created dozens of memorable scores for films, including The Dark Knight Rises, The Lion King, Gladiator, Kung Fu Panda, and Inception.

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Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig on the set of "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

3. A Vintage Vibe

Several critic reviews mention that Wonder Woman 1984 has a different feel than other superhero movies. They even say it stands out from the first film released in 2017. Critic and MTV News correspondent, Josh Horowitz, said in his review that "at times felt like a lost film from the Richard Donner era of superhero films."

Amy Ratcliff, Managing Editor at Nerdist, shared a similar sentiment in her review, saying "WW84 doesn't look or feel like any other modern superhero movie." Now, if that doesn't get you excited, then this next tidbit certainly will!

4. Pedro Pascal's Performance Is Epic

Pascal's role in Wonder Woman 1984 has critics raving! He goes above and beyond portraying the sketchy businessman Max Lord in a performance that has earned him high praise from early screeners.

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Pedro Pascal on the set of "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

Film critic and Managing Editor of Entertainment at GameSpot, Mike Rougeau, does exactly this in his review:

"It's absolutely delightful and a wonderful movie for this moment in time. It made me feel things (a rare feat these days). Chris Pine's return is done well and makes sense. Gal is of course a goddess ... I also want to note that Kristen is great but Pedro almost steals the show. Dude goes HARD."
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Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal in "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

Another critic, Brandon Davis, expressed a similar opinion in his review:

"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. Wiig's Cheetah evolution throughout the movie is heartbreaking yet epic. We need more!"

5. A Memorable Opening Scene

The one thing most of the critics seem to agree on is the fact that Wonder Woman 1984 has a memorable opening scene. While we don't know what the first scene depicts just yet, based on the trailer we can make some guesses. Some of the scenes that take place on Themyscira, the secluded island where Diana and the other Amazons live, were certainly remarkable in the first film. Perhaps they amped it up for the sequel!

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A movie still from "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

A critic for JoBlo.com described the movie's opening scene as "breathtaking" in their review:

"#WW84 is a glorious success! From it’s breathtaking opening sequence to the refreshingly original final act, there is much to rejoice in."

Other critics have labeled the movie's opening scene "stunning" and claim "the opening 10 minutes will bring tears to your eyes."

6. Some Jokes About Koosh Balls

Based on the film's trailer, Wonder Woman 1984 is jam-packed with fun references to the '80s. These include some rad MC Hammer-inspired parachute pants, those hideous fifty-pound computer monitors, some awful hairstyles, and apparently some crude jokes about the infamous Koosh ball.

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Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

According to movie critic Ben Mekler, there's a "near-fetishistic obsession" with the popular '80s toy! He leaves much to the imagination in his review:

"I really wasn’t expecting to love #WW84, but it is without a doubt the movie we need right now. Full of wonder, optimism, and a near-fetishistic obsession with 1984’s favorite toy, the koosh ball, WONDER WOMAN 1984 is quite simply the best DC film since THE DARK KNIGHT."

7. A Heartbreaking Ending

Another consistent comment among reviewers is that Wonder Woman 1984 is a bit of a tear-jerker, so you might want to keep the tissues handy when you stream the film! Meagan Damore, Editor at Comic Book Resources, claimed there were two moments she choked while watching the movie. She describes it in her review:

"I'm not a big crier, but I felt myself tearing up at two points in this film — for very different reasons. #WonderWoman1984 knows how to land those emotional gut punches in between all the fun and cheer-worthy action."
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Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984" | Twitter

Erik Davis, the movie critic from Fandango agrees, claiming he was "in tears when it ended." Looks like the DC Universe has another hit on its hand!

Are you planning to stream Wonder Woman 1984 when it's released on HBO Max? Let us know in the comments section!

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