Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.– Warner Bros. Pictures
After years of waiting Justice League is finally here on the big screen. So let’s see how this thing is.
Justice League was directed by Zack Snyder (kinda) and Joss Whedon and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon. We all know who Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon are and Chris Terrio wrote Argo, a fantastic Ben Affleck movie and co-wrote Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, another film with Ben Affleck.
Before I dive in I just want to preface this review with a little background of the DCEU and me. I liked Man of Steel. I was super excited for BvS, enjoyed it but it’s certainly flawed. Suicide Squad, I enjoyed it at first but after repeated viewings it hurts, I can’t watch it anymore. Wonder Woman was absolutely fantastic and I love it. The road to Justice League has been a bumpy road with ups and downs, more downs than ups. Of course I was excited for Justice League, I loved all the trailers and was hyped for the movie but still I couldn’t help but feel apprehensive. Still I went in optimistically.
Justice League is not perfect, there were many flaws but I had a great time watching it. Going in with low expectations certainly helped. The first 30 minutes or so of the movie felt clunky and out of place. Justice League would abruptly bounce around and introduce different characters to set them up. It was like watching a couple short films strung together, loosely. After the set up scenes were over Justice League flowed much better, flowed just like Momoa’s luscious locks. The ending was a tad rushed, once the final fight started it felt like it was already over. The studio had cut the film down significantly so I’m gonna assume that’s why the ending felt rushed. I’m 100% expecting a director’s cut and I’m okay with that. The story wasn’t really the best either. Steppenwolf was good enough for the movie. He gave the League a reason to form and he was way better than Enchantress, like way better. The characters and their interactions are really what made the movie for me but I did like a few things story wise.
I don’t think this is a spoiler but just in case you’ve been warned. Superman came back, we all should’ve seen that coming but I actually really liked how he came back. It made a lot of sense to me and I feel like it was the best way to do it without it being too deus ex machina. Another thing to add to the plus column is that Justice League did sprinkle many tidbits of future storylines throughout the film but it wasn’t shoved down your throat like in Dawn of Justice.
Justice League absolutely looked like a Zack Snyder film which might be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what he think about him. You can clearly spot the Joss Whedon stuff added in. Overall though this is totally a Snyder film with some Joss Whedon jokes mixed in and you know what I thought that worked for the film. Say what you want about Snyder but I do really enjoy the way he shoots action scenes sometimes the slow-mo is a little too much for me but other than that I like it. There were quite a few scenes that after watching I thought to myself “damn that was pretty cool.” One of my favorite scenes took place on Themyscira were all the Amazonians were basically playing keep away with Steppenwolf and it was fantastic.
Like any big budget super hero movie, Justice League does heavily rely on CGI. CGI is both a gift and a burden to modern cinema. On one side it allows us to see the impossible but on the other side it allows us to see the impossible very poorly. Good CGI is good but bad CGI is terrible. The CGI isn’t terrible but at times it took me out of the movie especially Henry Cavill’s mustache. For the upcoming Mission Impossible 6 Henry Cavill plays a villain who has a mustache, somewhere in his contract it says he can’t shave it. During the JL reshoots Cavill had the mustache so they had to CGI it out, which was a damn shame cause the man can grow a fine mustache. Seriously look at the thing:
Whenever Superman was on screen my eyes would zero in on his upper lip, it looked somewhat unsettling. But really the lip and a couple bad green scenes weren’t enough to declare the CGI terrible. Cyborg looked really good most of the time and he was like all CGI.
Time to get down to what I liked most, the characters. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman make up the League, so far. Like I’ve said before I love Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. Affleck is perfect at doing the Bruce Wayne/Batman smirk. This time around he seemed way more Batman-y. Superman has finally been done right. This go around he was actually happy, not all brooding and gloomy. Superman seemed like Superman, wild. Hopefully his happiness sticks around. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, perfection. Erza Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash wasn’t much personality wise like his comic counterpart but I’m cool with that. Barry was the comic relief and even though he has some godlike abilities he is the most relatable member of the League. Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman was easily one my favorite characters in the movie. Like The Flash he isn’t much personality wise like his comic counterpart but I don’t care. Momoa was a badass, a real manly dude, a guy’s guy, who can talk to fish. Aquaman doesn’t get the respect he deserves but I’m hoping now because of Jason Momoa he will. Throughout reviews I saw many criticizing Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg. I don’t see why I was a fan. I feel like one main criticism is probably his flat dialogue. If you were half machine I’m confident you’d struggle with putting emotion in your words too. Cyborg had a solid arc and I feel that he is on the route to being much more like his comic counterpart, so boo-yah.
Quick shout out to Jeremy Irons as Alfred. He is indefinitely the best film version of Alfred. His snark is on point at all times.
Strictly looking at Justice League from a film critics’s point of view Wonder Woman is a far superior film in every way but from just a popcorn eating member of the masses’s point of view Justice League was more fun and enjoyable. I enjoyed both films and Wonder Woman really was fantastic but I think in the future I see myself watching Justice League more.
If Justice League alone doesn’t excite you for the future of DC movies the two post-credit scenes will so make sure you stick around for them. I know I’m certainly excited for the future. Justice League was a good stepping stone to where the DCEU needed to be. Now bring on Aquaman.
I give Justice League a 7.77 (unite the seven) out of 10, would watch again.
“A strong man is strongest alone, ever heard that?”