Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Network Premier: December 25, 2020
DVD Release: December 25, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
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sex
language
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drugs
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Synopsis

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

Dove Review

Wonder Woman 1984 opens with Diana as a young girl entering a race against more experienced Amazonian warriors. When she falls off her horse, she cheats to try to win the race, but is stopped by her mentor who cautions her that “no true hero is born from lies.”

Fast forward to 1984, where we meet Diana, an archaeologist at the Smithsonian Institute who is saving lives undercover as Wonder Woman. She lives a solitary life, deeply missing Steve, the man she loves who was killed many years before. Her life is changed when a Dreamstone surfaces, which is imbued with power from the gods to grant wishes in exchange for something of value to the person who wishes. She knows what she would wish for – and surprisingly, Steve re-enters her life in another man’s body.

Unbeknownst to Diana, her colleague Barbara, a self-conscious misfit, makes a wish to be like Diana, whom she admires as strong, sexy, cool, and special. She wakes up the next morning changed and her newfound attention from men makes her easy prey for Max Lord, a swindler whose oil sales get-rich-quick scheme has been exposed, and he will stop at nothing to prove his worth and ultimately make his young son Alistair proud of him. He cons the Dreamstone out of Barbara’s hands and makes the profound wish to become like the stone with an ability to grant people’s wishes in exchange for whatever he wants to accomplish his dreams of power and success.

As Max strategically grants wishes to gain control of the world’s oil reserves, it affects international affairs, leading the world to the threat of nuclear warfare. His unquenchable thirst for power and prestige throws the world into chaos as he takes control of a satellite where he broadcasts his message to all peoples that “you can have what you want if you just wish for it.” He’s gaining the world, but as his health declines with every wish he grants, he is unwittingly losing his life and his son in the process.

As Diana and Steve work together to stop Max’s wicked plot, they realize that Diana’s power is slowly seeping away. She gained Steve with her wish, but at the cost of her superpowers, which have transferred from her over to Barbara. Wonder Woman has a new foe as she realizes that Barbara is now stronger than she and has become The Cheetah, a formidable foe fighting for Max and against Diana’s and Steve’s efforts to save the world. Steve tells Diana she must renounce her wish, and she knows she should, but the only thing in the world she wanted was Steve, and she is reluctant to give him up. As the world nears the brink of complete destruction, she realizes she must renounce her wish and let Steve go so she can be the hero she was always meant to be.

With the wish renounced, her power returns and she is able to encourage people all over the world to embrace truth and renounce their wish, saving the day. The world repents and Max realizes his son is all he really wants in life, closing the film with a powerful reunion of father and son. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman finds fulfillment in her true destiny.

While strong themes of family and integrity play out, several instances of sexual misconduct (even among church leaders) and intense fighting aren’t appropriate for a young audience. Curse words and typical villainous deeds are scattered throughout the plot as well. Because of these intense elements, this film is Not Dove-approved.

The Dove Take

Wonder Woman 1984 presents a strong message that “no true hero is born from lies” and ultimately offers hope that our true destiny can be found when we stay true to the values of integrity and honesty. However, parents beware of sexual and violent elements.

Content Description

Faith: Brings forth strong Christian values of integrity and honesty, with Christian implications of redemption, grace, hope and love. Picture of Christ shown through Max's son, who is willing to forgive the most dastardly deeds.
Integrity: Excellent examples of integrity and arc of significant positive change.
Sex: Infidelity; implied pre-marital sex by lead chararacters. Barbara and Max Lord kiss. Diana and Steve hug and kiss; we see them in bed together with him shirtless and her in a nightgown.
Language: Few utterances of mild obscenity. Max Lord: What the hell is going on here; Steve: shit; Max: bitch (although fairly unintelligible)
Violence: Violence involving fighting or weapons. Gunfire, machine gun fire, car chase as Diana and Steve try to stop Max Lord. Diana and Barbara fight using their superpowers against one another. Minor blood is shown in a few fighting scenes from injuries.
Drugs: Occasional drinking: Diana drinks a glass of wine with meal; guests drink champagne at an upscale party.
Nudity: We see Steve without a shirt; Diana’s dress for a party is styled to show her long legs as she walks, and her Wonder Woman costume is short-skirted.
Other: Disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity: Mild-moderate with consequences, positive shifts. A pastor in Max’s office has his wish of a sex tape erased but gives up his congregation in exchange for it. Max tries to get that same pastor to have his people “wish” rather than “pray.” Later, when Max realizes the error of his ways, he changes his wish to a prayer. Max twists his speech to appeal to the president: “You are a man of faith, you have been very blessed. I want to share my blessing with you – the power of positive thinking.” Diana mentions “many gods” from the past who imbued objects with power, but exposes the “god of lies, the duke of deception.”

Info

Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: William Moulton Marston (original DC comic writer), Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Dave Callaham
Director: Patty Jenkins
Genre: Action
Runtime: 151 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Laura W.