Justice League proves it's in a league of its own

November 28, 2017

 COURTESY IMDB.COM

(L-R) Ezra Miller as the Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Gal Gadot as

Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman star in "Justice League".

 

Praise comic aficionados for DC’s mightiest heroes have finally made it to the big screen joining forces to defend the world from Apocalyptic-sized disasters, the Justice League unites. 


Taking place months after the death of Superman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the guilt-driven Dark Knight has taken upon himself to recruit individuals with special abilities to stand together against Darkseid’s Elite, Steppenwolf. 


Wonder Woman makes her debut return to the DC Expanded Universe along with newcomers Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash.


“I am the idiot who left but I’m here to make things right again.”


This one quote from the film perfectly describes the overall experience and tone of the film.


I was privileged enough to watch and enjoy this movie not only once but twice allowing me to carefully examine the film’s strongest and weakest points.


 Though I must admit that I myself am a huge Batman geek and with that being established, I will do my best to be as unbiased and as fair as possible with this review.

 

And to be sincere, my expectations for this film were quite high.


To start this off, I will answer the most important question: Is this movie as bad as the majority of the critics are claiming it to be?

 

Absolutely not.  


I can guarantee that most of these people who have been bashing at any DC film are most likely in favor of any movie with the brand Marvel stamped on it regardless of how good or bad it was and Marvel has had its fair share of bad movies. 


Lately I’ve been noticing this DC film-hating behavioral pattern to be somewhat of a trend not only among professional movie critiques but from the general public as well.

 

The website Rotten Tomatoes tends to have a big impact on how people decide whether they should consider watching a movie or not.

 

My response to that is: watch the movie for yourself and develop your own opinion. 


The fact of the matter is Justice League is far from being the perfect superhero film. My main complaint is that the movie felt too short in length and rushed. 


When I say rushed I mean a lot of the content was edited out and some of the CGI wasn’t as good as it should’ve been.

 

Two hours to be exact, that’s how long the movie lasted but I’m also taking into consideration that I just had a blast watching this film and the time felt like it was flying by, which is normal when you’re enjoying yourself, a dynamic that applies to all good movies. 


This might just be me but I enjoyed Justice League a lot more the second time I watched it than the first because I was able to spot some pretty clever placed Easter eggs throughout and the chemistry between each League member held the whole entire movie together despite the film’s rough start. 


It was like watching an episode from the Justice League cartoons I used to watch as a kid.

 

The action sequences were fun and original, especially the tunnel brawl scene. 


I loved the Flash’s funny awkwardness and Aquaman’s “tough guy with a good heart” personality.

 

I was impressed with Cyborg’s character development which essentially drove the film. 


Ben Affleck slays it as Batman and the beautiful Gal Gadot has more than earned the right to have the role of the Wonder Woman. 


Though sadly the villain, Steppenwolf, was just a one-dimensional CGI movie monster. 


He didn’t really make much of an impact than he should have. However, if this was the excuse to band the League together than I’m more than glad he was the reason. 


I hope that Warner Bros. will decide to release an extended cut of the film because I am more than interested to see what was left out. 
I can’t wait to see what direction the DC Extended Universe is taking after the events of Justice League.

 
Also, there are two scenes at the end of the film; one post-credit and after the credits, so be sure to stick around after the movie is over.  The final verdict is 4 League members out of 5.    

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