The DC Extended Universe gives its answer to The Avengers…
Director Zack Snyder returns to the DCEU with 2017’s Justice League. Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller, the film gathers DC’s biggest guns to confront the military leader of Apokalips, Steppenwolf.
After the death of Superman, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) and Diana (Gadot) recruits three metahumans: Victor Stone (Fisher), Barry Allen (Miller), and Arthur Curry (Momoa). With the arrival of the world-conquering Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), the group attempts to stop the invasion.
Yet another DCEU movie with polarizing opinions between critics and fans. Well, here’s my review…
What immediately clicked is the group dynamic of the characters. Bruce was very affected on Superman’s death; the Diana and Bruce relationship was explored; the friendship loner Cyborg made from Flash and Aquaman was heartfelt; and the climax where they worked together was fantastic.
Also, Zack Snyder is a visual genius! A lot of the shots seem to be taken straight out of a comic book. Have you seen that shot of Batman on a rooftop? So cool!
Despite having a bad taste to some, the film’s tone is a welcome change for me. It is not a total 180 degree turn. It had enough humor and seriousness, and the film is balanced enough.
May I just say it again? Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are simply perfect as Batman and Wonder Woman. They are exactly how I picture the characters to be. Ezra Miller provided much of the comic relief in the group. Some of it are good enough, while some unfortunately feel forced.
As a DC fan, I am thrilled that the film has a lot of DC Easter eggs!
Now for the bad things…
First of all, right from the very start of the film, I noticed that there is a change…not in tone, but in the music. Danny Elfman may have shaped the music of Batman in the 90s, but what Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL did in the past DCEU films were more appropriate to the overall vibe of the franchise. Add the fact they also played the old Superman theme, it only gives us the feeling the filmmakers (or Warner Bros….more on that later) are banking on nostalgia.
Second, some CGI shots were painfully obvious to see. According to its Wikipidea page, this film is one of the most expensive movies to make, but seeing the obvious green screens made me question where did the budget go? Also, Joss Whedon reshoots are blatantly obvious.
Third, the public (DC fans in particular) seem to point out that the greatest villain of the DCEU is Rotten Tomatoes. I disagree. Especially in this film, I think it is Warner Bros. The film could have been more than two hours, but WB gave a mandate to reduce it to two (including the credits). And it is obvious that there are a lot of scenes that are cut. Just look at the trailer, and you know what I am talking about. These scenes could have made the relationship among the characters deeper and the story more cohesive.
Justice League is a film where all the negatives combine together and almost makes you think that it is a movie. Thankfully, for me, the positives BARELY outweigh the negatives. I still hope the future of the DCEU to be brighter than this though. This film is…