BAXTER — Ah, the awesome ‘80s — a decade of neon colors, leg warmers, unabashed greed and now “Wonder Woman 1984.”

For those of us old enough to remember the decade, we look now upon the 1980s with a kind of fondness, nostalgia and perhaps through the oversized sunglasses popular of the time.

And it’s with that reverence and fun “Wonder Woman 1984” from Warner Bros. is in theaters like Lakes 12 Theatre in Baxter that reopened Friday, Jan. 15, and streaming through Jan. 24 on HBO Max.

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The ageless iconic superheroine of the sequel to the stand-alone outing of the comic book role model was finally released in theaters after much delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The superheroine’s origin story was retold in the blockbuster movie released in 2017, and “Wonder Woman 1984” picks up where that left off but updates the action to the 1980s.

Wonder Woman stands up for those who cannot fight for themselves. Photo by Dale de Vera on Unsplash.com
Wonder Woman stands up for those who cannot fight for themselves. Photo by Dale de Vera on Unsplash.com

Gal Gadot again stars as the titular Amazonian in the Patty Jenkins-directed sequel along with Chris Pine, who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise.

Wonder Woman first appeared on the big screen in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the 2017 entry in the DC Extended Universe, but it was more of a cameo than a starring role.

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Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s seemingly immortal alter ego, is pining in the motion picture sequel for her long, lost and late love Capt. Steve Trevor, who — spoiler alert — died ages ago.

The film begins with her as an adult reminiscing about her upbringing. Her history is presented in flashback about her time as a young child on an idyllic hidden and female-only island.

A girl wears an outfit reminiscent of the recognizable patterns and colors worn by the superheroine Wonder Woman. Photo by Gabriela Braga on Unsplash.com
A girl wears an outfit reminiscent of the recognizable patterns and colors worn by the superheroine Wonder Woman. Photo by Gabriela Braga on Unsplash.com

The daughter of Queen Hippolyta, Diana is raised and surrounded by warriors created by the Olympian gods to protect mankind against the influence of Ares, the Greek god of war.

The Amazonians’ lives are upended when Pine, who plays American pilot Trevor, breaks through the veil surrounding the island and crash lands his plane off the coast in the prequel set during World War I.

In the present day — 1984 in the film — a con man named Max Lord rises to prominence and power by granting wishes with an artifact at the Smithsonian where Prince works when she isn’t Wonder Woman.

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A mousy, shy and socially inept colleague of Prince’s played by Kristen Wiig, envies Prince and crosses paths with Lord, a sort of modern genie in a power suit with shoulder pads.

Pedro Pascal plays Lord as if he was the lovechild of Gordon Gekko from “Wall Street,” a 1987 feature film from Oliver Stone about corporate greed, and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

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Wiig’s transformation from overlooked and underappreciated coworker of Prince’s to assertive, sexy and selfish resembles an updated Greek tragedy in which Wiig loses more than she gains.

Gadot’s striking beauty and stature are mirrored in real life. The 35-year-old Israeli actress and model was crowned Miss Israel in 2004. Afterward, she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a fitness/combat readiness instructor.

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Much of the gentle humor of the family-friendly feature film, which is rated PG-13, comes from the era-based trends, fashion, style, technology and look of the dated period once thought edgy.

For example, women wearing giant hoop earrings, men with rolled-up coat sleeves and crowded malls set the ‘80s scene but may require explaining to eye-rolling, incredulous younger viewers.

"Wonder Woman 1984" is the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster starring Gal Gadot now playing at the Lakes 12 Theatre in Baxter. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch
"Wonder Woman 1984" is the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster starring Gal Gadot now playing at the Lakes 12 Theatre in Baxter. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch

Jenkins directed “Wonder Woman 1984” from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham from a story by Jenkins and Johns, and based on characters from DC.

The sequel was supposed to be in theaters on Dec. 13, 2019, before being pushed back to June 5, 2020. When theaters closed in March due to the pandemic, the release date was again delayed to Aug. 14, 2020, and then Oct. 2, 2020, before it was released Christmas Day.

FRANK LEE may be reached at 218-855-5863 or at frank.lee@brainerddispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bdfilmforum.