Review: Wonder Woman 1984 – Gal Gadot makes a whip-cracking return

Yes, it's 1984 and a sad Diana Prince (still, nobody is calling her Wonder Woman) is balancing floridly-costumed, crime-fighting with low octane work in the archaeology department at Washington DC's Smithson museum.

There she comes across a phoney-looking, wish-granting artefact. Silently, she wishes she could bring her lost love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) back to life.

Her klutzy, besotted, co-worker Barbara (Kristen Wiig) wants to be as confident as powerful as Diana. Pedro Pascal's lying Trump-like businessman has other ideas, and hits on a overly-complicated scheme to take over the world.

The plot is a little sketchy but there are some spectacular action scenes including a flashback to a young Diana competing in an ancient pentathlon and a fun heist in a shopping centre which summons up the breezy charm of a Christopher Reeves Superman film.

Fans will probably see the two and half hour running time as value for money. But I'm not sure all the edits were in the right places. I would made more space for Wiig's physical comedy by cutting the big fight with the film's second villain, an angry feline who looks like she's leapt out of last Christmas's big blockbuster.

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