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Justice League (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack) (BD)
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.]]>
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Meanwhile, DC movies have been following a plan. A plan that wasn't apparent at first, but many arcs that started since Man of Steel and later were supposed to conclude in this film, ending the DCEU's "first phase" with a perfect closure. A closure that has now been entirely ruined by WB. After director Zack Snyder was forced to step down due to sad personal problems, WB brought Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish the film. Whedon re-filmed a few extra scenes, but in the process seems to have removed about an hour worth of content. Make no mistake, this movie is still fun... but by God it has been gutted like a slasher film's victim.
Justice League tells the story of the eponymous group of heroes, who join forces to battle the menace of Steppenwolf, "the end of worlds", who has set his sights on Earth for the second time after having been exiled by Earth's previous protectors now that Superman is gone and he feels he can't be stopped. He has to find three artifacts called "Mother boxes" that will allow him to free his power and subjugate the planet. Batman and Wonder Woman are in a race to recruit other heroes to help them fight Steppenwolf and his army, and both are also in a path of redemption for feeling they had abandoned their true selves.
The story is, of course, nothing special. Neither was the Justice League animated series pilot episode or the Avengers film. And that's because it's not needed. What you need for a film like this is characterization, and you have it in spades here. The story is not important and neither is the villain. Which is good, because the villain is not particularly interesting (well, the version we get to see here anyway). In contrast, all of the heroes are impecably handled. Batman, Superman (yes, he's back from the dead, don't pretend to be surprised) and Wonder Woman feel better than ever in their roles. Newcomers Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are great. Cyborg in particular is surprisingly interesting, even though it looked like he was going to be dead weight. There's not really much of Aquaman, sadly, which is a shame because the character seen here is great and we all know the guy needs the push, since he has to deal with unfair fame from non-comic fans.
On to the negatives, though. Special effects are fine for the most part. There's nothing wrong with them, but you know people give them crap anyway despite them looking no worse than any Marvel film's. There is one, though, that is absolutely atrocious. You might have heard this already, but since Henry Cavill was called for reshoots at the time of filming "Mission: Impossible 6" he had a full moustache, which he wasn't allowed to shave by that film's contract, so WB decided to erase it with CG. And it just looks terrible. I really think they should have made the effort of finding a different solution.
Another negative is the music. When Whedon came on board, he fired Junkie XL and got Danny Elfman in place, even though Junkie's score was already completed. Leaving aside the fact that the score now doesn't fit with the previous films, Elfman's work is terrible. The music is generic, lazy and entirely forgettable. The only parts of the score that are memorable are the ones Elfman stole from previous works of his (Tim Burton's Batman and the old Flash TV show) and John William's Superman score, which he sometimes intercalates with the rest of the music. Those bits of music just don't fit with this universe, and every time they come up they take you out of the film, but they're technically memorable. I wish Elfman doesn't come back for these films.
The biggest negative, of course, is all the stuff that was cut. Did you think Batman was being too hard on criminals in Batman v Superman and you expected that to be addressed? Well, though luck, because now it isn't. Did you want Superman to realize he was being too hard on himself before and figured it was time he saw the brighter side of things? Well, that's two films worth of buildup that have gone to the crapper. Did you expect the villain to have a larger impact on the heroes and open up threats to come? Yeah, good luck waiting for those deleted scenes to surface. Did you want to see a sick action scene of Deathstroke breaking Lex Luthor out of prison? Ha, ha, what a story, Mark. And so, and so on, there's quite a bit of documentation on all the stuff that was cut. And poor Snyder, who has been planning this for years, and has been called names for "not knowing what he was doing" now has to deal with his conclusions not being there for the people to see and finally understand what he was going for.
Of course, WB don't seem to have learned from this. All they've seen is that the movie didn't make as much money as The Avengers (which was never going to happen because, like Avatar, a lot of the appeal of that movie was the novelty, which has now worn off) and they're reestructuring things yet again.
So, is the movie worth seeing? Well, yes. It's still a fun film, and perhaps you might not notice the missing stuff. But if there's ever a chance of Snyder's cut seeing the light of day I'd go for that version. That's the film the previous ones were building up to, and it's a shame we didn't get to see it.
Ben Affleck does a nice job as Batman. The only other movie in which he starred that I liked is The Accountant. The JL Batman is not as dark as the stand-alone franchise Batman, but the standalone franchise has more time to devote to his character development.
To me, Cavill's Superman is embarrassingly lightweight. Lightweight is how I would define the entire DC crew in this movie. Even Wonderwoman is less astonishing here than when Gadot first appeared in the DC debut title Wonder Woman
The Flash seems more like a teen misfit than a superhero. Maybe I haven't read enough Flash comic books, but I felt that the goofiness was way overboard. And for sure, I have no idea who Cyborg is. Nope, never heard of him! From his role here, I can see why. Very unmemorable. Of course, he didn't appear in the DC universe until 1980. In 1980 I was working, playing in a rock band, and attending college classes - I had no time for comics.
Gal Gadot is the only member of the DC JL crew that I respect as an actor/actress, but I must give some mention to Momoa. I never read Aquaman comics because he was not at all interesting to me. In this movie, Momoa gives a great effort and the character has potential, but the downside is that Momoa's Aquaman seems more like a WWE professional wrestler than a superhero.
His dialog, indeed that of the entire cast, is far too tongue-in-cheek and whimsical. I get that it is a COMIC BOOK brought to the movie screen, but....at least write funny lines. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can deliver punchy, memorable one-liners throughout an entire movie career, it is not too much to ask of the DC writers. Also, he is a persistently skeptical, nonchalant, naysaying alcoholic who joins the team reluctantly.
Steppenwolf, the evil arch villain, not the rock band, didn't appear in the DC universe until 1972. Oddly, that was probably the bands best year! But I was not impressed with his appearance in this movie. And he sounded way too much like Optimus Prime from Transformers: The Last Knight. Here he leads a vast swarm of zombie-moth men who feed on fear. Okay.
The best action sequences go to the Batman. Maybe that is because he is the only true human in the bunch, an as such, his action sequences are more about acrobatic skills and less about computer graphics. Of course, there is a lot of CGI throughout....and it is not as well hidden here as it is in the Marvel franchises. The overall quality is just lacking in Justice League.
I hate to be a fence-sitter, but I have to give this THREE STARS because it took me three tries to watch this movie. I was so bored that I fell asleep the first two tries. Despite being cut to 2 hours (ostensibly to avoid audience drowsiness) this movie has WAY too much slow time. Sitting around telling instead of showing. This is particularly true with Lois Lane's scenes. Wow! EDIT!!! BATMAN is the ONLY reason it gets THREE and not TWO STARS!
I have to agree with the majority about the special effects. And wanting to see more. Even the trailers teased of scenes that were cut. Aquaman teases that never came to fruition? I want to know more about him and his mother being Atlantis!! The same is true of cyborg and the flash.
I hate that we live in a society where a couple loses their child and the "fans" only care about the movie. So many said, I'm sorry, BUT...
I'm simply so, so sorry for your loss and the treatment you were given from not only your fans, but the $$ in charge. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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the two ngatives I got from this movie is,