Movie Review: Justice League

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours long. Stars Ben AffleckGal GadotJason Momoa. Directed by Zac Snyder and partially by Joss Whedon.

I had a lot of fear and low expectations walking into this movie. Though not a masterpiece by any margin, Justice League is a fun movie for fans of the superhero/comic book genre and a nice opportunity to shut off your brain and enjoy some special effects and pretty shots.

Justice League takes place after the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman is dead and an alien invasions has begun. Batman must now rally other superheroes like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg and defeat this new threat.

This film reminded me a lot of the first Avengers film in that it tries to do a lot of the things you want to see in a big superhero movie, but doesn’t do any of them extraordinarily well. There’s action of course, and the special effects here are pretty great with the exception of Superman’s face. When you first see Superman’s face you can tell something is slightly off, but I ignored it. It was only later that I read that they used special effect to remove a mustache he had and couldn’t shave off because he was in another movie at the time and they needed to re-shoot certain scenes. Otherwise, I enjoyed Zac Snyder’s particular brand of action here, his speed up then slow down action cinematography style. This mostly worked because of the Flash and speeding up, then slowing down actually made narrative sense because of his superpowers.

The story… is about as bad as the first Avengers movie. There are just so many characters they are trying to introduce that you only get a superficial taste of each character. What you end up with are an ensemble of two dimensional characters with no real depth. Each character does get a chance to explain themselves, it’s just not enough to love, hate, or give too big of a crap about any of them.

Performances are okay given the context of the film. Don’t expect any Academy Awards for this movie.

The best part of this film is the action and visuals. There are some genuinely pretty shots and imagery. Most of the action scenes are fun to watch with moments of levity sprinkled throughout.

Overall, Justice League was fun. It’s not a masterpiece by any degree, but it was enough to get me looking forward to the next Wonder Woman movie, to a potential Flash movie, and hopefully maybe even a Green Lantern movie.

Score: 6.4/10

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