Justice League Review

Justice League Review – Celebrating Movember

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Studio: Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, Warner Bros.
Running Time: 120 mins

Verdict: 3.5 / 5

Say what you will about the DCEU, but Star Wars is the only other franchise that gets people talking and riled up as much as it. And no, not even the MCU elicits this sort of reaction. I don’t think I’ve seen as much chatter and blow-by-blow report of a film like I have of Justice League. From the reshoots to Zack Snyder’s stepping away from the production due to a personal tragedy, not a day has gone by without some news item about this Warner Bros. tentpole.

So, the question is, did all the production woes impact the final movie?

Justice League Batman

Yes, it did. It’s evident that the film has gone through several tonal shifts, reshoots, and rewrites. There are distinct moments when you can spot it’s a Zack Snyder scene or a Joss Whedon one, and you can’t ignore it. That said, it didn’t turn out like a train wreck that most expected it to be and one could argue that the changes made it a better, lighter, well-rounded offering that’ll appeal to a wider audience. This is a fast-paced affair that doesn’t have time for chit-chat and additional arcs. In this way, it’s reminiscent of Avengers: Age of Ultron as it ploughs through the story, sometimes in a messy manner, choosing crowd-pleasing moments rather than ones of introspection.

The storyline is highly generic and simple, embarking down the route of Steppenwolf putting the Earth in peril as he searches for the three Mother Boxes and it’s up to Batman and Wonder Woman to form the Justice League and stop him. Even though the formation of the League was rather swift, it worked well as the characters came together (ha!) in an uncomplicated manner. I feared that we’d see a lot more of the back-and-forth trope between the members, but the members’ reservations for not wanting to join were believable and honest.

Justice League Flash

In terms of the characters, the two standouts are undoubtedly Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/Flash and Ray Fisher’s Victor Stone/Cyborg. Miller delivers the comedic relief and there’s a childlike charm to his character as he acknowledges he’s so far out of his depth on the team. Fisher, in contrast, is a tortured, young man who’s struggling with how his accident has left him, physically and psychologically; however, when he finally accepts the gifts he has, he becomes one of the most important members of the team.

Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is exactly how she was in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman: wonderful. She’s the heart and soul of this team and her presence lights up every scene. As expected, Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman is the badass of the team, but he didn’t get as much as prominent role as the other members of the League. The biggest character change is Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman who does a 180 from his previous appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fact, he has more in common with the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series and absolutely loves to use his gadgets here – although, his humour did feel off at times and didn’t quite resonate as Batman-esque.

Justice League Aquaman

Now, the biggie: Henry Cavill’s Superman. Is his return worth it? Absolutely. He’s more like the classic Man of Steel whom we all love and cherish and he’s s an absolute force of nature in this movie. Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler, but there’s a specific scene that redeems him in the eyes of those who felt that Batman shouldn’t have beaten him in Batman V Superman.

At the same time, Superman also brings with him the worst part of the movie: the CGI. Oh, man, we all laughed about the moustache stories, but there are scenes where you can see the VFX team struggled to reconstruct his lip. Thankfully, it isn’t in every scene he appears in, but it’s hard to miss.

Justice League Cyborg

The other main CGI issue is Steppenwolf. I don’t understand why they didn’t just dress up Ciarán Hinds in an actual costume and then utilise the VFX for the battles. Look, as a villain, he isn’t too bad and he appears threatening enough throughout, but his CGI is not the greatest. You get the impression that the team ran out of time and money at the end and just said stuff it.

The CGI issues aside, Justice League is an enjoyable ride that’s definitely got more in common with a Justice League Unlimited episode than a DCEU film. While it isn’t as epic as it could’ve been, it still delivers on the entertainment factor. Hopefully now that the ship is stabilised, the suits at Warner Bros. will stop messing with the film-makers’ visions and let them deliver on what they hire them to do.

On a separate but relevant note: there have been some over-the-top negative reactions to the film. Most of these critiques have contained fair comments and brought across their points rather eloquently. The problem I have, however, is with the ones that criticise anyone who’ll enjoy the film or give it a good review (I mean, how dare someone share a different opinion, right?!). It’s mind-blowing to even say such a thing and shouldn’t film reviewers welcome debate about the medium? To those who spew such nonsense, I only have one thing to say: get f**ked. People can love whatever they want, and no one’s opinion trumps another.


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67 Comments

  1. Martin Cheetham

    It was entertaining definitely. And supes was awesome. But it felt completely unpolished and incomplete. 2.5 for me. Tough to come out of ragnarock into this

  2. Martin Cheetham

    It was entertaining definitely. And supes was awesome. But it felt completely unpolished and incomplete. 2.5 for me. Tough to come out of ragnarock into this

  3. Marlon Sukhnunan

    4/5 – What a movie,fuck the critics what the hell do they know, amazing fight choreography, awesome character intros, yes I felt it seemed rushed, but Superman tossing Steppenwolf like a rag dollthough, welcome back MOS and they want to draw comparison to that crap waste of money Ragnarok. UNITE THE SEVEN #youcantsavetheworldalone #fuckmarvel

  4. Joe Ike Capone Moore

    I just saw the Justice League and was NOT impressed. This movie was rushed. The CGI looks horrible. The plot was terrible. The action scenes were just OK. I give it a STRONG 2.

  5. Kerwyn Fourie

    4/5 from me. Considering all the controversy surrounding this film, the fact it works as well as it does is a miracle and should be applauded. Not perfect, story and pacing needs smoothing out. Wouldn’t mind an extended/ultimate edition again, especially after Warner Bros. 2 hour mandate. I digged it, but missed DC’s darker tone though. Became a little too much like Marvel to me

  6. Ricky Kent

    4/5 brilliant movie. Superman stole the show. Team worked well together. The fight scenes were brilliantly done. Flash was super cool. The villain was powerful n interesting to watch.A big improvement from BVS. A movie for the fans.

  7. Alex Lopez

    3/5 for me. Only because it was better than the other DC films since they all pretty much sucked anyway. Plus, this one wasn’t as long as those others. Still having trouble getting over the fat batffleck but oh well…at least it wasn’t filled with jokes every 2 min like the latest Thor crap….has the potential to be a lot better with a few sequels….I say that because of the very end credit scene.

  8. Kyle Zefman

    All those damn movie critics that said this movie was damn bad. You smoking something. Dawn of justice for me was slow and not good. But Justice league rocked. All those marvel fans who criticism DC for being dark to hell with you. Atleast DC not Disney. I gave dawn of justice 2/5. I give JL 4.5/5…fresh ratings!!! I was to be 5/5 if the stephenwolf was not so easy and if it was 150mins. Movie was too short for me

    • Kyle Zefman

      But i think like dawn of justice they will have an extended version. I enjoyed the extended version of dawn of justice watched it on Tuesday was 3hours long.

  9. Kyle Zefman

    All those damn movie critics that said this movie was damn bad. You smoking something. Dawn of justice for me was slow and not good. But Justice league rocked. All those marvel fans who criticism DC for being dark to hell with you. Atleast DC not Disney. I gave dawn of justice 2/5. I give JL 4.5/5…fresh ratings!!! I was to be 5/5 if the stephenwolf was not so easy and if it was 150mins. Movie was too short for me

  10. Garo Makai Knight

    It’s not the best hero movie but I enjoyed it. Didn’t hold true to the comics but I enjoyed it. The plot was simple and the pacing felt rushed but I enjoyed it. My major complaints would be the steppenwolf close up scenes (bad cgi) and the flash running scene ( looked like he was running away from his college tuition fees or something) at the last part of the movie BUT I still enjoyed it. Overall, it’s a 4/5 to me.

  11. Kenny Cortinas

    My only major complaint is the 2 hour run time should have been longer. I agree it wasn’t perfect but it’s not nearly as bad as Rotten Tomatoes and Marvel Fan People are making it out to be. It was a really fun movie. 4.5/5

    • George Hernandez

      Was supposed to be 2 1/2 but they adjusted it to 2 hours. But agreed especially since half of the JL had not much of a backstory let alone a standalone movie

  12. Kenny Cortinas

    My only major complaint is the 2 hour run time should have been longer. I agree it wasn’t perfect but it’s not nearly as bad as Rotten Tomatoes and Marvel Fan People are making it out to be. It was a really fun movie. 4.5/5

  13. Natasha Singh

    4. Fragmented to start but that has more to do with bad editing. It got progressively better as it went on especially after the big *spoiler*. The 2nd post credit scene definitely sets up The Batman movie as well.

    My biggest complaint was the editing. If you have a USD300m budget, why can’t you just add 30 minutes on to close the gaps? Releasing a director’s cut is great for the fans but the average movie goer wouldn’t really care about getting it and will go on (unfair, biased) negative reviews.

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