Justice League (Movie Review)
Justice League is here and it is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavil, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams and Jeremy Irons. Justice League is the 5th film entry in the DCEU and unites the iconic heroes Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Batman and Superman in one film.
Justice League had a tough road ahead of itself with not only being the team up film that saw these mythic heroes come together but also faced criticism for their decision to keep Zack Snyder on as director. That being said lets talk about the film. From the get go we start assembling the Justice League, recruiting the members with Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince spearheading the recruitment. The story from the outset is simple unite the team to fight a coming threat out of this world. The first problem with the movie is the villain, not his motivations or story but the overall look of him. Steppenwolf didn't work for me as a believable villain due to poor VFX work, when the camera shot is a close up of his face I don't believe this is a character I can see walking and talking in the real world which is where this film is set in. Another issue if we continue with the VFX is the CGI of Henry Cavils mustache, although this is not the films fault as Cavil was contractually obligated to keep it due to his part in Mission Impossible 6 role the VFX team didn't get the best result leaving me for annoyed and bothered by the Man of Steel's upper lip. To end the negatives, was the overall story of the film, scenes felt cut short or cut out completely to save time which this movie sure needed plenty of to tell a well cohesive story. I look forward to watching a Directors cut that fills in the holes in the holes.
Positives, the team in the movie is great! The chemistry between all the actors and characters fit so well that as a viewer this was all I wanted. Ezra Miller as The Flash aka Barry Allen was the audience in a sense, reacting to all the cool things happening in the film. His comedic dialogue really was a positive for me as a nice comedic relief which sets it apart from previous installments in the DCEU. Although his take on the character diverts from the one in the comics it still had me excited for the Flash solo project. Jason Momoa as Aquaman/Arthur Curry is the Aquaman fans of the DC character fans have wanted since the announcement of a Justice League film and Aquaman solo film. Mom brings his charm and wit to the character and makes it his own and unlike any we've seen or read from the panels of a comic. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is perfect. When Gal Gadot comes on screen all you see is Diana Prince and when she is in full Wonder Woman mode she steals the movie with a smirk, smile or strong performance in a cast full of heavy hitters. Ben Affleck as the grizzled Batman is perfect casting on the part of Zack Snyder, Affleck's take on the Caped Crusader this time around is more fun. This version of Bruce Wayne definitely is a great comic to screen adaptation aesthetically but with a lighter tone which is a complete 180 from 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The true revelation is Ray Fisher as Cyborg. This character is one fans of the DC Comics hoped Warner Bros. would get right and from the fan response it seems Cyborg is the breakout star of Justice League. Subtle and witty, he fits perfectly in this diverse cast and could be one of the next of DC films to be a success. Much of the film plot surrounds Cyborg so Fisher shows up to play and brings fan favorite character to life. Now for the big one Henry Cavil's Superman. Without revealing too much, the Superman we get in this film is the Man of Steel we wish we had gotten in BvS maybe sooner. Cavil brings the best parts of himself that can make a good Superman and highlights them.
Overall, the film is fun to watch. You have to ignore some of it's faults to truly enjoy the parts that work and when they work they have you cheering and smiling from ear to ear. As a superhero film it is okay and falls somewhere in the middle from Great and Bad. The plot is too simple and sometimes not even there but the formation of the League is why moviegoers are watching and they will leave the theater happy.