Justice League Review

They’ve work hard for this, you have to give them credit that they really tried to pull everything together and form the League in less that half the movies that their rival comic took. But the DCEU continues to get critisized. In fact the future of DCEU movies might depend heavily on the success of Justice League.

So is it a dud or did Joss Whedon save them? Let’s take a look.

The Plot

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes–Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash–it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The Verdict

I’ll start on a positive by saying that just hearing the 1989 Elfman Batman theme and the classic John Williams Superman theme is enough reason for you to watch this film.

Having said that, it’s pretty obvious this movie has been edited in terms of tone. Out are the draggy Zack Snyder story telling and in place is more Joss Whedon style straight to the point plot littered with humor.

The stand out characters are Aquaman and Flash who add a lot of humor to the film, in fact they probably have the funniest lines. I read also that more scenes with Cyborg were added which I feel did a lot for the film. While is is part machine, his character added a lot of the human element to the film.

I must say that the cast does show that they have incredible chemistry but I think the lack of solo films for Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg do make things look a little rushed. Perhaps because the actors are such great characters, it helps you to “get to know them” quickly so the lack of solo films aren’t as bothersome.

You’ll find that Justice League is a lot of fun. It’s got it’s problems but I think it’s time you ignore them because it’s not that big a deal. These characters (some of whom have not had solo set up films) make you care about them.

It is also a visually stunning film. I’ve read reviews that the CGI on Steppenwolf isn’t very good but I thought it was ok. Anyway he’s the bad guy, he’s supposed to be ugly.

Credit to Zack Snyder for this visual spectacle. I loved the Flash CGI moments and all the slow mos that he added to the film. It certainly makes it stand out by giving DC a visual signature….that’s more makes it different from the other comic to movie films.

Overall it’s a great film, it’s much brighter than Batman v Superman and it’s got the same hopeful tone of Wonder Woman. Though I do wish Justice League had a deeper story.

Justice League isn’t as good as Wonder Woman but it’s isn’t far behind either. It’s fantastic to see DC go in this direction and I think audiences can see now that there is so much story to tell with characters like Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman. DC can now look beyond Superman and Batman movies. Plus with Wonder Woman, they’ve got a sure win formula now.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

There are 2 end credits scenes. Do not leave too early!

Justice League opens in cinemas 16 Nov 2017

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

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