There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in rubbish.
A year since the loss of Superman (Henry Cavill), a guilt-ridden Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) works alongside new-found ally Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to save the planet from Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). To save mankind, they form the Justice League: Aquaman / Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa) , Flash \ Barry Alan (Erza Miller) , Cyborg / Victor Stone (Ray Fisher)
Hands up who else had such low expectations for this film? It’s just second nature to know that the DC universe probably won’t produce an outstanding film; this sort of changed with Wonder Woman but it was hoped that the all-mighty Justice League would smash all previous judgment. I’m here to report that it did not. It didn’t even come close.
Zack Snyder was tasked with the overall mission of bringing together the five-some. Seeing the list of names associated with the project such as Joss Whedon, Chris Terrio and even the god himself – Chris Nolan; I was hoping for a smart, well written entwining of characters but I was so disappointed. The opening shots were beautiful and poignant; showing a solemn nation after Superman’s death. I loved the cinematography, again holding my hopes high but it just went downhill from there.
We jump from sequence to sequence, from Batman catching a baddie, to Wonder Woman catching a baddie, to the introduction of 3 new and important characters. All literally just like that, choppy and unrelated. Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are delivered to us in mere minutes. Compared to Batman V Superman’s almost three hour running time, Justice League comes in at 2 hours; yet there’s so much more content that can be elaborated. I feel like Snyder hasn’t even bothered with any character development. Let’s go as far as to say, the entire storyline.
The league is encompassed in a bubble of its own; ask yourself this after/upon watching – where’s the rest of the world? No reactions, no real humanity; a massive difference to the Marvel films. It’s like no one else apart from the heroes and villains exist – come on, really?! Again, the antagonist is typically meaningless and flat. Steppenwolf has no real purpose and not intimidating at all. Motives? Not a clue, apart from total world domination of course.
I follow the majority where I don’t enjoy Affleck as Batman. In the previous film I liked exploring a different nature of Batman; but in this one; the irritation mounted quickly and I couldn’t wait to watch another character; namely the fabulous Wonder Woman. Miller did a great job as Flash; an awkward youngster with a sarcastic humour. Cyborg lacked any personality for me, driven by a lacklustre back story. Aquaman, although beautiful, again was slightly lacking but I think Mamoa didn’t have a chance to reveal him; maybe we just need to see the standalone film to see him shine. The supporting cast are stellar; JK Simmons, Joe Morton, Amy Adams. All, I believe, wasted of their talents and I wish the storyline was a bit more clever so everyone could have been exploited to their best abilities!
There’s no doubt the action in this is great but I feel like I say this with every superhero film. With Justice League particularly, the CGI is evident but I loved the flashbacks involving the Amazons, the Atlanteans and their old-school gladiatorial battles. With the script writer of Argo on board, I thought we were in for something clever and different. Nope, big fat negative. The script was shocking! Predictable cheesiness and mild humour. Another disappoint to tally.
There were a few positives don’t worry! The biggest unkempt spoiler – Superman comes back from the dead. I love Henry Cavill as him and when he returned on screen, he was in another league (no pun intended). He felt like an actual superhero and made Batman look laughable. The other leaguer on his level is of course Wonder Woman. I freaking love her. The inner feminist in me just revels in seeing strong women on screen. The script she was given to portray, on the other hand, was such a decrement to her character; it’s so frustrating to watch.
All in all, these characters really deserve better. Justice League is a mix mash of messy scenes, basic dialogue and un-relatable content. A longer run time and deeper character exploration is heavily needed and it is actually ok for it to be! This is the Justice League! A mountain of big characters and complex storylines; it’s what it deserved.
I’ve bashed it quite a bit but it wasn’t an terrible film. Funny in parts and still worth a look, it’s a good ‘film’. But as an actual ‘film’, I lacked any connection to the characters or story and this is what kills it for viewers. It’s no-where on the same level of the Marvel films and I’m quite shocked seeing the impressive brains attached to it. When you have Thor:Ragnarok still in cinemas, this is actually quite an embarrassment.
2 out of 5 CGI’ed Henry Cavill moustaches
Did you guys dislike it as much as I did? Where did 7.6 come from on IMDB?!