Is Wonder Woman 1984 OK for Kids?

GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Christmas Day 2020 brought several movie "presents" to households with the release of Pixar's Soul, Netflix's We Can Be Heroes, and Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984.  Wonder Woman 1984 was highly anticipated by superhero fans as the much anticipated sequel to the 2017 Wonder Woman movie.  While it is the most "grown up" of the releases on this list, parents may be wondering if it's OK to turn this one on HBO Max while the kids are around - after all, kids like superheroes too, right??

Wonder Woman 1984 - Movie Review

Let's start with a brief review before we dive into whether or not this one is OK for the kids.  I have mixed feelings on this movie which really shouldn't be surprising given the reviews I've heard out there.  There was plenty I enjoyed about the film.  First Gal Gadot is a fabulous Wonder Woman.  I loved her in the original and was thrilled to read today as I'm writing this that she is signed on for a Wonder Woman 3.  Next, let's talk about Chris Pine and his 1980s fashion show.  I won't spoil how Steve reincarnates back into Diana's life, but y'all know he's there from the trailer so let's just say that watching a WWI soldier playing "dress-up" and figure out a 1980s world was pretty amusing to me.  And perhaps the biggest suprise of the movie to me was Kristen Wiig who stars as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah.  I'm so used to seeing her in comedy roles like Bridesmaids that her performance here really blew me away.  I loved her as the shy, awkward Barbara and thought she was stellar as she was embracing her new powers.  Now, she kind of lost me when she fully became Cheetah - but I think that's more because her character reminded me of something out of CATS at that point and that was just not a positive image for me.

CHRIS PINE as Steve Trevor in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

What wasn't so good about the movie?  It was long.  Like stupid long.  It's 2 hours and 35 minutes and it feels like it's every second of that.  That last quarter of the movie picked up the pace a bit and was significantly more exciting, but the first half felt drawn out - with too much focus on character and plot development that never quite fully came together.  There were times I got bored and started scrolling social media so I was glad I was watching this from the comfort of my couch and not spending money to see it in the theaters.  I think shortening the first part of the movie would have helped with pacing, consolidated the story, and made it easier to grab the audience in so that you didn't lose them in some twists and turns.

(L-r) KRISTEN WIIG as Barbara Minerva and PEDRO PASCAL as Max Lord in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Overall, the movie was OK for me.  If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I'm newer to the superhero realm of entertainment. I really jumped on the bandwagon when Disney acquired Marvel because. . .well. . .it's Disney now and I know those characters would begin showing up on my cruise ships and in my theme parks so I figured I should get to know them.  I've read reviewers who either highly praised or harshly criticized this film and I think both are extreme.  If you can make it through the first hour without losing interest, things will pick up and get better from there.  Will I watch it again?  Maybe.  I mean we have HBO Max and I could see myself pressing play again - but maybe as background while I'm cooking, cleaning, or writing.  

Wonder Woman 1984 - Is it OK for Kids?

GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

When it comes to determining how kid-friendly a movie is, there is a lot that is up to the discretion of what you are comfortable letting your kids see.  In my household, my boys have seen some of The Avengers films and I feel like this is no worse (and maybe even slightly tamer) than many of those.  Mild language and superhero violence are present - but nothing that is cringeworthy.  I think a bigger question for this movie is will you kids want to watch it.  Mine see a superhero film and are immediately interested in watching, but I think they're going to struggle to follow along.  Between the length of the movie at 2 hours and 35 minutes and the lack of action in the first half of the film, my bet is the average kid would be bored.  And that's OK.  There's a reason this movie carries a PG-13 rating so it's certainly not made with young kids in mind.  If you have younger superhero fans in your household, you may want to check out We Can Be Heroes streaming on Netflix - it's made for kids and stars kids.

About Wonder Woman 1984 (from Warner Bros. Media)

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones are producing the film. Rebecca Steel Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Wesley Coller are the executive producers. Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC. Joining the director behind the scenes are several members of her “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) is cutting the film. The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “The Lion King”). Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Atlas Entertainment/Stone Quarry Production, a Patty Jenkins Film, “Wonder Woman 1984.” This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.

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