Justice League (2017)



Movie Title: Justice League

Year Released: 2017

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 2h 0min

Genre: Action, Superhero

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons

Review: 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 in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller), it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. This movie is really tough to analyze. There were pros, but there were also certainly some cons. For one, this movie suffered from the overly dark, ominous tone set forth by previous cinematic installments in the DC Universe. The DC Extended Universe had fallen largely flat with their installments of Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. However, Wonder Woman proved to be a breath of fresh air. Luckily, Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman continued to do so in Justice League. And hey, there was even some light banter and humor (finally!), especially between The Flash and Superman. Unfortunately, those scenes were few and far between, and a murky story lead by a poorly-animated CGI villain overshadowed some of the smaller elements that this movie got right. The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg were all welcome additions to the Justice League, but I will reserve full judgment on their characters until their stand alone movies hit the big screen. At the end of the day, the Justice League is your typical superhero team up, and that inherently makes for a good watch if you're a comic book fan. But when stacked up against Marvel's The Avengers, it feels a lot less fun, and ultimately comes up short.

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: Ciarán Hinds portrays Steppenwolf in performance-capture. Hinds was unfamiliar with using the technology and got advice from his friend Liam Neeson, who had earlier done performance-capture acting in A Monster Calls (2016).


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