Wonder Woman 1984 Blu-ray Review


Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s -- an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts, and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

My family and I are huge superhero fans. Although we're team Marvel, we still love DC and their heroes. We were such huge fans of the first movie, Wonder Woman, that I just knew we had to watch Wonder Woman 1984. As much as I wanted to love this movie, I just liked it. 

When we open up to the movie we are in Diana's past where she is a young child back at the hidden island Themyscira, home to the Amazons, women warriors created by the Olympian gods to protect mankind. We see her compete against other women warriors with obstacles coming her way, she almost wins, but is stopped by General Antiope because although she was about to win, she took a shortcut due to an obstacle during the race and that would be cheating. I absolutely loved what General Antiope said to Diana, which proves to be true when we fast forward in time to 1984. 

"You cannot be the winner, because you are not ready to win, and there is no shame in that. Only in knowing the truth in your heart and not accepting it. ... Like patience, diligence, and the courage to face the truth. One day, you'll become all that you dream of and more."

Set in the '80s, I have to say they did an amazing job with set and wardrobe designs from the way things were back then. The first scene of the '80s is the mall and it literally looks exactly like the '80s. It definitely felt a bit comic book cheesy but in a good way. that fits the movie perfectly.

We see Diana living her life quietly going to and from work at the Smithsonian and helping civilians in her spare time but in a low profile way. Although she is kind to co-workers, she doesn't appear to socialize with any of them outside of work. When we see her in her apartment, we see that there are pictures and items from her loved ones that are no longer with her. One of the main ones being Steve Trevor, the love of her life who sacrificed himself to save others in the first movie. There's a photo of him along with his watch he gave Diana. We can tell from this scene that she is a bit lonely and misses Steve greatly. 

Back at the Smithsonian, we are introduced to Barbara Minerva, a shy woman who seems to be ignored and invisible to most. When she drops her briefcase and has papers flying everywhere, the only person to stop and help her pick them up is Diana. She immediately likes Diana and tries to invite her to lunch. Diana, not being very social, respectfully declines, and says maybe some other time. 

Barbara is a geologist and gemologist and receives new artifacts from the FBI, including the mythical Dreamstone. It's rumored that the Dreamstone grants you one wish, but with every wish, there is a price to pay. Barbara thinks the Dreamstone is a fake, so when she shows Diana, not knowing that it's real, Diana wishes to have Steve back.

We're then introduced to Maxwell Lorenzano, a struggling businessman famous for his infomercials. He tries to flirt and charm his way with Barbara to secure the mythical Dreamstone that he's been searching for, forever, but Diana knows that something is off with him. She decides to go out to dinner with Barbara and they have a great time. On Barbara's walk back to the office she is harassed and attacked by a man and Diana is there to save her. When she's back at the office she has the Dreamstone in her hand and wishes to be more like Diana. 

Little do both women know, their wishes are about to come true, but at what price? Steve is back but in someone else's body. Barbara is more confident and is noticed by men, women, just about everyone when she walks into a room. So when she interacts with Maxwell at a company party, he manipulates her into giving him the Dreamstone, which he then wishes to be the Dreamstone and turns into Max Lord. The greed is overwhelming and Max continues to grant people's wishes and in return, he takes power, money, soldiers, and anything else to make his life feel richer. While he's doing that, his son just wants to hang out with his dad. 

As Diana and Steve try and stop Max Lord from taking over the world, they realize that the consequence of having Steve back is that Diana's powers are draining and she isn't as powerful or strong. We see Barbara team up with Max Lord because she doesn't want to go back to how things were, but one thing she is losing is her humanity. Diana has to take on both and in order to do that she must denounce her wish so that she can get her powers back fully, which also means she has to say goodbye to Steve again. 

Although a slow start, I did appreciate the storyline for what it was, I wish there were more action scenes that gave me as much excitement as I had from the first movie, but I did enjoy Wonder Woman 1984 and absolutely loved the bonus scene after the credits. I won't spoil that for you, but a special someone makes an appearance.

I also love how the movie showed how much women were sexualized in the past. How we had to deal with cat-calling and men just walking up to women just because they found someone attractive and because they could, even if it was not mutual. I love that we're in 2021 and how this is not acceptable behavior anymore. It never was for women, but now more and more women and men are coming together as allies and calling other men out for behavior like this. 

Wonder Woman 1984 is out on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD today, March 30, and has been out on digital for you to own or rent since March 16. For more information about  Wonder Woman 1984, check out their Facebook Page.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received  Wonder Woman 1984 on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

John Hughes 5-Movie Collection Blu-ray (Review & Giveaway)


Five essential John Hughes classics arrive in one fantastic Blu-ray Collection on February 23, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The JOHN HUGHES 5-MOVIE COLLECTION includes the beloved favorites Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as well as the Blu-ray debuts of She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful. The Collection also includes access to a digital copy of each film.

Originally released on February 28, 1986, Pretty In Pink celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2021. Produced and written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy. Andie (Ringwald) is a high school girl from the other side of town. Blane (McCarthy) is the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure

Howard Deutch returned to direct 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful, which was also written and produced by Hughes and makes its Blu-ray debut. Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson star in the affecting story of young love in which Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith (Eric Stoltz), run deeper than just friendship. When Keith gets a date with the most popular girl in school (Lea Thompson), the girl's old boyfriend is unable to let go of her and plans to get back at Keith. 

Also celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off continues to be enjoyed, quoted, and revered 35 years after its theatrical debut on June 11, 1986. Matthew Broderick stars as a delightfully charming high school student who, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck), ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities.

Produced, written, and directed by John Hughes, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles stars comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy. The uproarious classic follows a businessman (Martin) who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman (Candy). Filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth, the film also features appearances by Michael McKean, Edie McClurg, and Kevin Bacon.

Hughes wrote, directed, and produced the romantic comedy She’s Having A Baby, which arrives for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, the film follows an aspiring writer who must face up to the responsibilities of marriage and fatherhood despite his persistent doubts and unfulfilled ambitions.

I am a huge fan of movies from the '80s. I remember watching so many different movies on television when I was a tween and most of those movies that I ended up loving so much came from John Hughes. Some of his movies brought together misfits and "popular kids," and gave others a perspective that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

So when I had the chance to review a 5 movie collection from John Hughes, I knew I was going to love it. Not only does it include two of my favs, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty In Pink, but it also includes three other movies I hadn't seen in years. So it was nice to take some time to sit back and relax, grab some popcorn and a few adult beverages and head back to the '80s. Since I recently watched and reviewed Pretty In Pink, I started off with Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, She's Having My Baby, Planes Trains, and Automobiles.

It was great to go back in time and watch some classics and introduce some movies to my teenagers. They've both seen Pretty in Pink, so I had them watch  Ferris Bueller's Day Off and they both absolutely loved it. They can't wait to go back to school in person and one day, maybe, have a day off like Ferris did, minus "borrowing" a vehicle.

All five movies brought back so many memories and left me reminiscing on the past, but glad it's behind us and that I now have these movies in my movie collection to watch whenever I feel like back to the '80s. This 5 movie collection is now available on blu-ray as of February 23, 2021.

I'm excited to team up with our good friends over at Paramount Home Entertainment to offer one of our readers (Canada Only) a chance to win a copy of this 5 movie collection. To enter, all you need to do is comment below and share which of the five movies you would watch first. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received  John Hughes 5-Movie Collection on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.