Work is a bit slow today, so I finally have a little (somewhat) free time on my hands to finally write down my thoughts on the Justice League movie! Yay!
Please bear with me, it’s been almost a month since I saw it, so it’s possible I forget stuff… but I’ll do my very best to be honest nonetheless.
Spoiler alert! This is not going to be spoiler free, I’m too tired to think around all the spoilery stuff, sorry.
This movie introduces us to three new main characters, the Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) who all get recruited to save the world from Steppenwolf, a not-so-memorable super-villain who, after failing to conquer the world over a thousand years ago and being banished by Darkseid for it, tries again to regain Darkseid’s favor after the death of Superman. But in order to do so, he (it? I don’t know if Steppenwolf even has a gender…) must first find the three Mother-Boxes that were hidden by the Atlanteans, the Amazons and the humans who first defeated Steppenwolf. When he combines the three Boxes, bad things happen – by which I mean, literally world-altering things -, and so we have ourselves a movie.
Okay, so I have to start by saying that the DCEU does not have the best track record when it comes to movies. I enjoyed Man of Steel, and Wonder Woman is one of the best (superhero) movies ever, but Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad are not good movies (I know my review of Suicide Squad says differently, but I’ve recently watched it again, and I’m not entirely sure I want to be held accountable for my first impression…). And though I like that they introduced us to at least half of the Justice League before making this movie, I still feel like the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman all deserved proper introductions before being thrown together and drowned between Superman being dead and Batman being kind of a d*ck… or at least given enough screentime to get to know them a little better. As it was, we are shown what they could do but know next to nothing about who they are as people.
That being said, I enjoyed this movie. It was nowhere near as good as Wonder Woman, but it was nowhere near as bad as Batman v. Superman. I liked the dynamics of the team, I liked that Diana took the lead, and it made me laugh.
There are still some issues I need to address, though. I’m sure almost everyone saw the pictures of the Amazons in Wonder Woman being compared to how they look in Justice League, and although I had hoped they were taken out of context, they were not. The constumes of the Amazons – at least a handful of them – are a lot more sexualized than they were in Wonder Woman; so much so that it wasn’t even believeable anymore. They showed waaaaayyyy too much skin – they’re warriors for crying out loud! No warrior would ever leave their midrif open like that. That’s where all the important stuff is hidden; you know, the sh*t where that’s most likely to make you dead if someone so much as punches you too hard? Why would they leave that unprotected? And I’m not saying they were any less badass, but come on. That was not necessary. The costumes they had in Wonder Woman were perfect, believeable, researched and still sexy. So what the hell?
I also despise the way Bruce treats Diana at times. He’s a real *sshole to her, and they try and tell us it’s because he “likes” her. That’s not how you treat people you have a crush on, no matter how rich you are. We really do have to stop telling our kids that the way to show the people we are interested in them romantically is by treating them like sh*t. Diana didn’t take it too well, either, especially when Bruce talked sh*t about Steve Trevor.
Now, the good stuff. Like I said, I like the way the team is built. I would have liked to know more about Aquaman, Cybord and the Flash, but I liked the things they showed us. Aquaman is badass and funny, as is the Flash. Cyborg is smart, cool, and I like how he slowly learns more and more about his powers.
Batman is cool when he isn’t talking (except the scene where he tells Barry, who’s freaking out a little, to tell him that he doesn’t have to save the world, just one person. That was a good scene, and a good talk), and Wonder Woman is still freaking Wonder Woman. Superman is… well, he’s Superman. The way they bring him back with one of the Mother Boxes makes sense, and I quite enjoyed that he doesn’t go back to being his old cheery self in 0.3 seconds after being resurrected from the dead, but goes a little crazy first. After he gets his sh*t together, he goes and saves the day – and I mean that literally. It takes most of the Justice League to try and stop Steppenwolf, and they don’t really make it – and then comes Superman and saves the day. I’m not entirely certain how I feel about that; on the one hand I get it, because he’s Superman and damn near invincible, but so is Diana. And the Flash is so fast, he should be able to do a lot more than just run around and “push people over” (his words, not mine).
The battle scenes were still pretty cool, though. Batman’s toys are awesome as ever, and Alfred is still his funny, bitter self. The effects in this movie are cool, and in typical Zack-Snyder-style, it’s visually stunning in its own way.
The pacing was a little off, but I guess that’s what happens when the studio gives you a time limit of 2 hours and you have 2 directors. This movie should have been longer, and it defenitely shows that it was supposed to be. I hope there’s like a director’s cut/extended edition or whatever they want to call it coming out, because I want to know how much and what was lost on the cutting room floor.
All in all, I liked this movie. I mean, it’s the Justice League! Superhero teamup! Who doesn’t love those? I liked and/or loved the characters, I’m super excited for their standalone movies.
My rating: Acceptable. That always sounds worse than it’s supposed to be… it was a fun movie, I enjoyed it, and I’m going to add it to my DVD-collection (yes, I still have one of those) once it’s out. Although there’s still room for improvement, the DCEU is on the right track, and I hope it continues to be, because I really do want to enjoy their movies. They have awesome characters, after all, and so so many fantastic storylines they can adapt to the big screen! So here’s to hoping the next few movies are more like Wonder Woman, and less like Suicide Squad.