Cert: 12A Runtime: 120 mins Director: Zack Snyder Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Jason Mamoa, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, J.K. Simmons and Jeremy Irons
There are heroes among us. Not to make us feel smaller, but to remind us of what makes us great.
Justice League is a film that has been in limbo for 10 years, after George Miller left the project in 2010 Zack Snyder took the helm of the DCEU. This is our 5th film of the franchise, and after riding high with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman we were hoping for more of the same. After the departure of Snyder due to the lose of his daughter, Joss Whedon filmed all re-shoots and extra footage. Then the media claimed the film was in bad shape, Junkie XL was replaced by Danny Elfman and Henry Cavill’s moustache caused a lot of issues. Early reviews have panned the Justice League all ready, but don’t always believe what you read. So what is Justice League about you ask? Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Prior to popular belief and being recognised as a Film Snob, I had a great time with Justice League. Wonder Woman is still the superior Comic Book movie of 2017. Snyder and Whedon have provided a fun, humorous and action packed two hour movie. Justice League is certainly more lighthearted than its predecessors. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman focused on the realistic societal aspects of a world with superheroes, which I think was one of the strengths of the DC films, it lacks here in Justice League. Given that this is literally a superhero team that’s getting together; society is less of a concern when they know it’s in danger. There is a good balance between the run-time, action sequences and story. You can tell that there are plot gaps through out, all situations are resolved in less than two minutes. The extended cut should make for interesting watching.
The main characters are all well developed here. Some get more screen time than others but every one of them brings something different to the movie and the little bits they bring meld together well. Their interactions in pairs or together are all done well and in some cases you are left wishing for more.As an ensemble the cast gels nicely and the bond they have feels believable. Ben Affleck’s ageing Batman has his limitations, but as the brains behind the operation his Bruce Wayne is still the best of the bunch. Gal Gadot is just a fantastic human being, she is getting stronger and stronger as each film moves on. Welcome Superman you have finally arrived after 3 films, Henry Cavill has delivered. The one liners, the strength and his compassion has arrived. I am so glad he has finally delivered. Ezra Miller is wonderful as the Flash, he is showing great potential and I can’t wait to see more. Ray Fisher gives a great depth to Cyborg, but I haven’t warmed to him yet. Jason Mamoa was great casting as Aquaman. He is a great individual and he gives Arthur Curry the edge that he so needed.
The biggest issue with Justice League is very rushed storytelling. A lot of conflicts are set up extremely quickly and therefor you don’t feel the emotion that clearly was intended from the director. The rumour going around is that Warner Bros. mandated the films 2 hour run time, and in a lot of instances it feels like something is missing. Even whole scenes feels like they are missing. Also the CGI in this film sometimes looks very bad and this takes you out of the movie sadly. Steppenwolf, is one of the most one dimensional villains you could come up with. He can’t carry the whole antagonist part of the movie by himself. Yes he does look strong and even scary, but that’s not enough. There’s nothing more there. Upon reflection, I enjoyed much more about Justice League than I disliked. If you want some fun then go watch this movie. It’s not mentally challenging, it’s not a masterpiece but it’s a good popcorn film and an enjoyable one at that.