‘WW84’ (Dubbed) | 24 December, 2020

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Warner Bros.’ WW84 (dubbed from the Hollywood film of the same name; UA) is a superhero film. It is based on the Wonder woman character of the DC Universe and is the ninth film of the DC Extended Universe. It is the sequel to Wonder Woman (2017).

Diana (Gal Gadot) has superpowers which she uses to help those in distress. She shuns the limelight, though. As a child, she would’ve won a daredevil competition against women much older than her had her mother and aunt not stopped her for using a shortcut, which was against the rules of the competition. However, her mother and aunt had predicted great things for her in the future.

Diana works as a senior anthropologist at a reputed institute in Washington, D.C. Also working in the same institute is Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) who idolises Diana. Barbara is so clumsy that nobody wants to associate with her. She is asked to aid the FBI in finding out the history of some antique pieces and artefacts seized from thieves. Among them is an antique stone which grants people their wish made while touching it. However, in return, that person risks losing the thing that’s most dear to him/her. Quite unwittingly, Diana and Barbara make their wishes — and they are granted the wishes.

The magical antique stone is being eyed by Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a con man trying to become the richest and the most powerful man on earth. He loves his young son, Alistair (Lucian Perez), and wants to see him happy as ever. Alistair misses his father who is busy conning people. Maxwell Lord goes berserk when he lays his hands on the magic stone.

Diana must now stop Maxwell Lord from wreaking havoc on the world because of the superpowers bestowed upon him by the stone. But faced with her diminishing superpowers, Diana must think of a way to defeat Lord and Barbara (who has ditched Diana to join forces with Maxwell Lord). If she doesn’t act fast, the world would be destroyed beyond repair.

Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns have penned an engaging story which has a nice underlying message — that one doesn’t need wealth and power to be happy in life; he can experience happiness if he is content with what he has. The screenplay, penned by Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns and David Callaham, is interesting but also implausible at several places. Of course, one shouldn’t use logic while watching a superhero film but some scenes have been written in such an over-the-top fashion that the audience is forced to question the plausibility factor. No doubt, several turns and twists are very good and some of them are also heart-touching.

Gal Gadot does an excellent job as wonder woman Diana. She underplays her character as the incognito messiah and breathes fire into her character as the lady on a mission. Chris Pine is endearing in the role of Diana’s boyfriend, Steve Trevor. Kristen Wiig is superb as the clumsy Barbara Minerva who then transforms into a sexy and desirable lady. Her cheetah avatar is also lovely. Pedro Pascal is quite nice as Maxwell Lord. Lucian Perez leaves a fine mark as Alistair. Connie Nielsen (as Diana’s mother), Robin Wright (as Diana’s aunt), Lilly Aspell (as young Diana), Amr Waked (as Emir Said Bin Abydos), Kristoffer Polaha (as the handsome man), Natasha Rothwell (as Carol, co-worker of Diana and Barbara), Ravi Patel (as Babajide), Oliver Cotton (as Simon Stagg), Gabriella Wilde (as Raquel), Kelvin Yu (as Jake), Stuart Milligan (as Potus), Kevin Wallace (as Televangelist), Wai Wong (as Lai Zhong) and the others provide good support.

Patty Jenkins’ direction is very good but some scenes are so unreal that the viewers mentally start questioning the cinematic liberties, and this comes in the way of their cent per cent enjoyment of the drama. Having said that, it must be added that Jenkins has made an entertainer full of thrills. Hans Zimmer’s background music is very impactful. Matthew Jensen’s cinematography is outstanding. Action scenes are absolutely breathtaking. Computer graphics and visual effects are extraordinary. Richard Pearson’s editing is sharp and crisp. Dubbing is of a very good standard.

On the whole, WW84 is an entertaining fare and will do decent business in multiplexes as well as single-screen cinemas. Of course, business is bound to be adversely affected owing to people’s hesitation in visiting cinemas because of the coronavirus fear.

Released on 23-12-’20 at Maratha Mandir (1 show, daily 2 shows from tomorrow (25-12-’20)) and other cinemas of Bombay by Warner Bros. Publicity: good. Opening: quite good (considering the 50% occupancy, virus fear, night curfew at places, etc.). …….Also released all over. Opening was quite good almost everywhere. The original English version has also opened. It is expected to score well in the big cities and multiplexes.