Justice League directed by Zack Snyder and guided through post-production by Joss Whedon could have set the DC Extended Universe of films on the path to fame. While it does have some things in its favor, including an all-star cast, it fails to inspire. You can check out my live reaction here. After taking a few days, I have more thoughts.
Based on the DC Comic series of the same name, the stories picks up almost immediately after the previous film. The world is reeling from the death Superman (Henry Cavill). Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) set out to recruit a team of metahumans including the mysterious Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
They are battling an enemy known as Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) who has come to Earth to unite three alien ‘Mother Boxes’ to open a portal to his home planet where a conquering army of Parademons are waiting to feast on humanity.
I will stop with the plot details as I will give too much away. I will say that while I enjoyed the film, it did not blow me away the very first Avengers movie did. Warner Bros. and Snyder have a problem knowing what their fans want to see, choosing instead to attempt a ‘mass appeal.’ The problem is, when you try to please everyone, you end-up pleasing no one.
The core issues are three things. There’s too much of a reliance on CGI, making the film seem wobbly in places. Two, the plot and the villain are way too simple. I like a straightforward plot without all the psychological mumbo-jumbo that leaks into movies, but the villain and plot lacked any “umph.” The third is its portrayal of Batman. While I’m not a complete fan of the Frank Miller Gotham City guardian shown in Batman V Superman, I understand it. Ben Affleck chose to perform a confused, guilt-ridden Dark Knight who needed to grow a back-bone. He was also totally useless in the final battle with Steppenwolf. He just served to get tossed around. That was disappointing for a hardcore fan like myself.
That being said, I do believe the Hollywood elitists have been too hard on the movie. Granted, it does not peak The Dark Knight or even Wonder Woman, but it is thoroughly entertaining. The cast had great chemistry with each other and the action scenes are loaded with some cool effects. I will say, I enjoyed the soundtrack. It matched the movie perfectly, including Danny Elfman’s “Batman Theme.”
Overall, the movie served its purpose in bringing the DCEU heroes together.
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PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Violence
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