This is a pleasant immigration from the Amazon to Reagan’s America – but the real marvel is Kristen Wiig, who plays the indignant and emotionally wounded antagonist of the military queen, Barbara Minerva.
It’s 1984, the precocious utopian era with big hair, rolled – up jacket sleeves and impending nuclear war, and Diana from Themyscira gets her second superhero adventure in a world ruled by overly advanced dead men.
When we saw this mythical warrior queen in Wonder Woman in 2017 – played as here by Gal Gadot and with incredibly beautiful costumes – she had just reached the top in the middle of the First World War.
Now Diana Prince (she’s never called a Wonder Woman, even obliquely) lives discreetly as a civilian in Ronald Reagan’s Washington – or as discreetly as anyone as brilliantly can.
Prince works as a modest archaeologist at the Smithsonian Museum, and this is where Diana explores an ancient stone that has the magical power to give anyone a wish.
Bad, lonely Diana will silently reunite with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), the powerful pilot she once fell in love with. But her nerdy colleague, the awkward gemologist Minerva, who has a captivating fascination with the impossibly beautiful Diana, will be as strong as her.
And there is a third wish: megalomaniacal oil entrepreneur and museum donor Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), who wants more than one wish, so he will sneak into stone, become a human wish stone, so he can fit. any individual he meets, to desire something useful for his interests.
Maybe Maxwell Lord is a version of Norman Vincent Peale, the positive-thinking guru who then influenced Presidents Nixon and Trump?