Justice League - Movie Review

Justice League – Movie Review

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in the same movie? That’s what we get in Justice League, one of the most expected movies this end of 2017.

Is it all worth? Let’s check it out.

Unfortunately, this movie didn’t have a smooth production. Zack Snyder’s personal familiar problems made him leave production in the middle, many scenes were scrapped and recorded again from scratch, too many reshoots for a healthy consistent production of a class A movie.

Fans of Zack Snyder particular style will find it a bit different from its latest productions.

The introduction of heroes for a new team that only gave a glimpse to the fans of this Warner Brothers fantasy world raises, even more, the excitation of seeing this movie.

Justice League - Movie Review

The majority of the public will be fine with the backstory of the characters in the team, but most fans will be disappointed to find the narrative is kind of rushed and gets reasonable plain and empty.

The character lot works as a team, not the same as the movie as a whole. Not many character confrontations to keep us motivated and the main adversary is not really one we will remember for long.

Everything seems a bit canned into an acceptable watching time, setting up all these characters and this plot creates an issue along with a smooth and in-depth story flow. Some moments seem to be a collage of film shots, one after another, like little episodes trying to connect a bigger story, save it the endpoint which becomes clearly understandable.

Won’t blame the fact that this is an adaptation of a comic book fantasy Universe, it just doesn’t feel that it reached what was expected of this team together at some point. It’s an entertaining and respectful adaptation of the Justice League comic books and it’s a good start, maybe too high expectations are to blame in the end.

Batman and Wonder Woman need to get a team to fight Steppenwolf, the villain in charge of upset the lives of our heroes, and the earth itself if needed, in order to accomplish his catastrophic plans.

I didn’t saw a growth in character on Batman and Wonder Woman, but Superman is one of the best so far. The newcomers deliver some fun moments and work really well. Their chemistry is noticeable along the effort to develop a mixed personalities team fighting together for the same objective.

Two hours is little time for what the movie intended to offer at times, the cuts are noticeable when we are expecting a big action moment, all goes smooth and resolved as if nothing came up. As a whole the movie fails to find its balance of action/character development, mix a somewhat confusing story and you get a hard to deal DC Universe film in just 120 minutes.

The CGI villain is a turndown. Yes, Steppenwolf is all CGI. The voice is good, but the character itself feels empty and not entertaining. A particular lack dominance and allure for a team this size and caliber.

Justice League - Movie Review

Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg have their moments, they help to relieve the expected dose of Batman drama, especially flash which includes some bright moments along a great performance. Cyborg is convincing, left me wanting a bit more. Aquaman does its thing trying to be an integral part of the team, but the dialog leaves him behind on the pack of good guys. Maybe in the actual Aquaman film, we get all our doubts and wishes about this character concept completely done and delivered.

The effects are awesome, the CGI used is spot on and convincing. Lots of fantasy moments were welcome and well applied. Visuals never become the more important part of any movement but work really well in the background scenes.

The movie in Zack Snyder’s vision will please the fans that wanted all their heroes in the same film, but it tries too hard to please. Even if you pretend to forget what we know already from the past movies, uncommon moments feel rushed and trying hard to connect everything it intended to be – a great final moment.
Maybe post-production changed the actual movie script itself… guessing we will never know.

I liked the movie, honestly. I did spot some problems regarding the continuity of Batman V Superman heroes tone, and the rushed reshoots of Joss Whedon were clearly visible as I tried to immerse in the movie as simple entertainment.

Gladly the humor was not injected too much into the action, as it seems to be current on superhero movies lately, they all have a sweet little joke to tell even if it is not into the tone or mood of the moment or the setting.

The movie works and it is entertaining, feels like a superhero movie and looks like it. The consistency problems might be only noticeable to fans of great DC Comic’s adaptations and comic books, the rest of moviegoers will not be too much bothered since all the actor’s performances are great along with the background story and fantasy scenes.

Giving credit to this movie alone, it will not disappoint, the pacing might not be for everyone, but overall the pieces are stitched together for a two-hour competent action fantasy movie. There is the issue that we could get a little more, the feeling that not all it was supposed to be is shown on the screen to us, and the lack of real tension on the menace side of the story tastes somewhat bland.

All that is easily forgivable due to the opening moments of each character and the hero feeling overall, but it’s not forgettable, I am expecting the viewer experience will be all over the place regarding this one with plenty different opinions about it.

Directed by Zack Snyder

Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Music by Danny Elfman

Cinematography by Fabian Wagner

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

Score: 8/10