Justice League [Review] **Major Spoilers**
Fcuk Rotten Tomatoes !!!! Yes, Ladies and Gents that’s how I’d like to open my review for Justice League. Now since that’s out of the way, let’s get to it. Justice League is G.R.E.A.T, I don’t give a rat’s a** what “acclaimed” critics think of the movie, as far as I’m concerned if you’re that good a critic you probably should have been directing, but since you aren’t your opinions don’t count squat.
The movie isn’t without flaws, editing is still DC’s Achilles heel and the score this time around wasn’t as good either. Ignoring that the movie is a great adaption of the literature. If you’re a DC Fanboy you will enjoy this, if you’re under 10 years old, Thor is playing in a theatre near you.
What’s there to like?
A lot honestly, for starters I was happily surprised with how they managed to make Cyborg so interesting, he was integral to the story and his fears and conflicts were well fleshed out. I liked how Cyborg learned something new every day about his powers and is towards the end able to manipulate to reveal the iconic Cyborg suit from the Teen Titans.
Flash was a treat to watch, a complete contrast from the Barry Allen that we have on TV, he’s goofy, geeky and shy around Wonder Woman, he’s still learning about overcoming his fears and being a hero. The scenes with him tapping into the SpeedForce are very well shot. I can’t wait to watch the Solo Flash outing and hopefully it’s Flashpoint (wishful thinking).
Aquaman is the dude, he’s like a Jock who knows how to dish out a mean beating but in his lone time hangs out with cute little puppies or dolphins in his case. Snyder nailed the look and Mamoa makes up for whatever is left with his charisma. Just take a look at this hair flick.
The scene where he’s sitting on the lasso of truth and talking about his feelings is gold. Could have had a meatier role but I guess we’ll have to wait for his Solo run.
Wonder Woman is doing what she does best, kicking a** and looking absolutely stunning while doing it. Her character development is also well catered to where she goes from being conflicted about Steve’s death being her fault to leading the team towards the end. She holds her own with Steppenwolf and is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Also I’m gonna leave this here
Batman acts as the anchor here, pulling together the team of super-powered dudes and dudettes while he’s willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, as well as the guilt of Superman’s death. His idea of toying with the Mother Box to bring Superman back to life is evidence enough of how desperate he is to amend his mistake and save the world. I believe we have a great Batman on our hands, Ben Affleck however shitty a person he may be, is the Batman we deserve right now. He’s dark, brooding and surprisingly, funny as well.
Now we come to the big reveal, Superman, boy I marked out when I saw him in his first scene in the movie. He’s lost a bit of his soul, is mean ruthless and confused. This scene where the league tries to restrain him is by far the best scene of the movie. While Superman had Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg in his grip, the Flash moves at Superspeed to flank Superman. But Superman not only hears Flash coming, he turns his head and looks right at Flash while he is running at Superspeed. Superman then goes after Flash at Superspeed, but Barry is fast enough to dodge Clark’s haymaker punches.
There’s also a moment with Batman where Superman mocks BvS himself and asks Bruce “Do you bleed?” to which Bruce later replies after being beaten up “Something is definitely bleeding”.
But what’s a relief is that they got Superman RIGHT in this movie. The minute he’s on the screen there’s genuine “hope” for the movie, he’s smiling and enjoying himself even while Steppenwolf is throwing punches at him.
Speaking of Steppenwolf, I agree with most that the CGI on him was shoddy, but he’s a mean character. His army of the parademons are a stuff of nightmares and he’s ridiculously strong, that is until Superman shows up. The initial fight sequence between him and the Amazon Warriors is great. The whole scene with him chasing the Mother Box while the Amazonians whiplash it across to one another using arrows is so beautifully shot. Steppenwolf’s origin could have been better explained. The introductions of the gods and the Lanterns in the flashback sequence was brilliant.
End Credit Scenes
I don’t care they went the Marvel route, I mean with Whedon on board it was expected, but we got to see the “Who’s faster” Superman vs Flash sequence (well not really) and post that we also got a glimpse into what’s in store for the league next. With Luthor and Deathstroke on board, I hope we see a Justice League: Doom script somewhere.
What went wrong?
- DC messed up with Editing, so many scenes just abruptly ended, it disrupted the story flow.
- A lot of what we saw in the trailers was missing, I’m gonna take a wild guess and say it was because of the reshoots, because the whole “He said you’d come, let’s just hope you’re not too late” scene with Alfred was missing and I really wanted to know who it was, even though now I know it couldn’t have been anybody else but Superman.
- I really would like to know more about the Batman Nightmare scene with Flash, I was really hoping they address that in this. Maybe they did in a way when Superman is out of control and Alfred brings in Lois referencing the whole “Lois is the Key” but I think it could have been more detailed.
Go watch this movie, this is a great outing for the Justice League members and hope with this marks the arrival of many other great movies from DC. Also, stop comparing it to Marvel. A lot of people think DC copied ideas from Marvel, like the Tesseract and Mother Box, Cyborg and Iron Man, you’d be really stupid to bring these up, one because all this has been in the DC Mythos for strong 75 years, and second there’s no need for competition cause the more we allow these to co-exist the greater possibility there is of seeing an actual Marvel v DC movie (one can hope).
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Ratings: (3.5 / 5)