Justice League – Review

Genre   Superhero
Directed by Zack Snyder
Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons
Released on October 26, 2017 (Beijing), November 17, 2017 (United States)
Duration 119 minutes
Channel Amazon Prime Video

Justice League is a 2017 superhero movie directed by Zack Snyder. It revolves around the prominent figures of DC comics – Wonder woman, Batman, Flash, Cyborg, Aqua man and Superman (hush hush). It was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and garnered a lot of attention through the trailers and social media. but I can say with certainty, it did not live up to its hype.

The problem with this movie and it’s predecessor ‘Batman vs Superman – Dawn of Justice’; is the fact that they dwell too intensely in moments. As Youtuber ‘Nerdwriter’ rightly explains through his video: the film comprises only moments and loads of them, but no story in order to bridge them together. Zack Snyder has a history in photography which probably contributes to this. There are long dramatic drawn-out sequences wherein the audience is supposed to feel something for the characters, but we can’t feel anything for them since we aren’t even introduced to them properly. ‘Justice League’ failed to impress anyone because all the heroes we were looking forward to were dumped into a soup of a boring story, mixed with sleepy action sequences and a pathetic loser of an enemy. The superheroes did not a strong character development, they are certainly not layered and their actions feel random and unmotivated.

The major issue is that the story, tone, and theme of the film is very messy and uncertain. Stephen Wolf was the villain and hence, the film should have put in extra care in order to establish the enemy, his strength, his goals, and vice versa – what Batman and team wanted. All We have is a broken story about these wannabes trying to fight and save the world, but they don’t even know what they’re doing. There is no proper development to the story, no buildup or satisfying resolution.

All we have is an over the top climax with Superman rising from the dead and kicking everyone’s butts. Then comes the tone. If Snyder was going for something dark like the previous movie – he should have taken notes from Nolan. If the tone is dark, all the characters must fit into the tone and contribute to it, helping it develop and so should the story. I’m not sure what the tone here was. It seemed like an action-thriller, suddenly a dark -comedy and then it became light-hearted. The tone of a film is crucial to help explain to the audience what they’re looking at. It inspires the cinematography, lighting, music, production designing – practically everything.  Finally, the theme – was it a redemption for Batman? revival for Superman? vengeance for Cyborg? what was it?. Each of these stories were too much to be put together. The film was trying to do too many things by putting in too many themes. This odd amalgamation throws it all over the place.

When the film begins, we start to understand that they have not yet grouped together and are still working individually. Batman eventually brings them all together in order to form a team. This is when it starts to lose any little meaning it had. Batman tries hard to be Nolan’s dark knight, failing incredibly. Ben Affleck just doesn’t suit the role. He tries to be a serious, brooding man one moment and suddenly tries hard to pull off a Tony Stark another moment, it just looks very weird. Wonder woman, well she barely does anything. After having a great movie on her and establishing her character and her background so well – we see nothing of her, her character suddenly falls flat, is monotonous and eventually gets boring.

The Flash is a character that has so much potential. Most of the comic relief lies on his shoulders but he tries to constantly crack jokes, to the point that it’s annoying and silly. Then there’s Aquaman, I mean, why is he even there? what is the point of him? he does literally nothing except for scream ‘my man!’ which feels like the highest point for him in the film. Cyborg, was he even there? probably just threw a few punches. His story had the potential to be a vengeance/justice story; his actions could have had a base in his traumatic history, but no, he was just as random as the others. Superman, woo-hoo, he’s here to save the day. No, he’s the weirdest of the lot. The second he appears, the rest of the characters become effectively pointless and powerless, and he does practically everything,  has all of their powers combined and so, why didn’t they just quit?

Overall, the film does have a little entertainment quotient and you can enjoy it. However, if you are a DC fan, well, all the best.

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