Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Warner Bros’ first attempt at a superhero team up movie based on the DC Comics characters. This League, and Superheroes in general, has come a long way since its first appearance in DC Comics’ Brave and the Bold (1960).
This is supposed to be the biggest movie based on DC Comics’ characters.
Justice League is a movie about its heroes. From the beginning, we are introduced to a world without Superman. From Lois Lane to Bruce Wayne, all feel the loss of Superman in a major way. It seems that the world is without hope – the symbol of the Last Son of Krypton. The opening few minutes of the movie is well shot with classic slow motion sequences and low light scenes, a style which is now synonymous with Zack Snyder. Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, performed by Sigrid, plays in the background.
As the plot thickens, we are introduced to the threat of the otherworldly Parademons, and their general – Steppenwolf. Batman and Wonder Woman feel the necessity of gathering the other ‘metahumans’ as teased in the movie Batman V Superman. From here onwards, we meet The Flash, Cyborg and the Aquaman.
Ezra Miller as the Flash, is the comic relief of the movie. With complaints about the DCEU being all dark and grim, Flash provides some hilarious gags but a few times, the jokes felt plain and force-fed. Jason Momoa as the Aquaman, is a tough cookie. He makes sure that the League understands that he is special and is not to be meddled with. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg provides the emotional bond in the league as well as the tech support. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman leads the team, and continues her hit run from the solo movie.
Some of the action sequences are brilliant with Steppenwolf squaring against the Amazons, being a notable one. The soundtracks are good but not as brilliant as the modern master Hans Zimmer. Composer Danny Elfman manages to bring his classic Batman theme as well as John William’s Superman tracks to beautiful effect. But one stills laments over the lack of a perfect theme score for the League as a whole.
Now coming to Superman, there is not much to tell about him without spoiling. Comic book readers may be disappointed at the manner of his return, but Henry Cavill does a brilliant job in his short time. This movie shows the full might of Superman, after taking some heavy blows from Batman and Doomsday in BvS. One seriously underdeveloped character in this movie is the villainous Steppenwolf. His intentions or actions aren’t explained properly, and his only claim to fame is namedropping his nephew – the tyrant ruler of Apokolips.
Now let’s come to the faults. Justice League is a let down on many fronts but one glaring flaw is the editing. The movie credits 3 person – David Brenner, Richard Pearson and Martin Walsh – for editing the movie, which feels disjointed and rushed. Multiple scenes from the trailers were absent. This is the third time, this has happened to this franchise after Batman v Superman and the disastrous Suicide Squad. Jos Whedon’s reshoots were apparent in a movie which provided unnecessary comic relief in tense moments instead of character development. Though the screenplay was tight, the dialogue seemed pedestrian. Overall, I felt the movie can be summed in one word – Rushed.
As this movie looked to undo the errors created in the first few movies, the studio chose an expendable villain to mount a weak challenge against our heroes. This movie is thus a collection of what it could have been rather than what it is.
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