‘Justice League’ Review


There have been many bumps in the road along the way, but the fifth installment in Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe or whatever it ends up being called has finally arrived. Justice League is a superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon. The film features an ensemble cast that includes returning actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and newcomers Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, J. K. Simmons, Amber Heard and Ciarán Hinds. The story follows the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and has Batman and Wonder Woman recruit The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to form a superhero team to honor Superman following his death. Once the team comes together they must defend the planet from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf, who plans to terraform the Earth with his army of Parademons before the arrival of his master, Darkseid. For all intents and purposes, Justice League is a Marvel film. The film boasts a comedic tone, focuses on the heroes, and has a weak villain. This is both good and bad in that it brings a sense of hope and lightheartedness to this film universe, but takes away the dark gritty tone that makes the DC films different. There needs to be a balance to keep this franchise more distinct from the competition. The plot is very thin and the pacing is relatively quick. Much of this comes from the film being mandated to a two-hour runtime. With 15 more minutes, this film could have ironed out many of the pacing issues. Snyder and Whedon did a great job directing this film. It doesn’t feel disjointed like it was directed by two people. Danny Elfman does a fine job with the score, but it is a far cry from what Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL did in previous films. The music plays in the background softly and doesn’t stick out during any major scenes. The films’ CGI could also use a little more polish. This issue is more noticeable with Cyborg and Steppenwolf. The team dynamic is great and one of the best parts of the film. Watching all of the characters on screen together was very enjoyable. The new team members’ first interaction with Superman is nothing short of brilliant. Considering that only a few of the characters have solo films, viewers get to know the newcomers relatively quickly. Ezra Miller steals the show as The Flash and provides much of the film’s comedy. Jason Momoa gives us an interesting take on Aquaman that’s very different from the comics. Affleck and Gadot still have great chemistry as Bruce and Diana and watching them interact feels like an old married couple. Ray Fisher is good in his role but isn’t given much to work with. Ciarán Hinds does a great job voicing Steppenwolf, even if the character leaves the viewer wanting. Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard and J. K. Simmons are basically extended cameos to provide connection to both past and future films. I give Justice League a Decent 8/10. This franchise is slowly finding its bearings and I’m willing to stick around to see what more it has to offer. Also, stay until the very end because the two post-credits scenes are worth the wait.


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