Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE Was an Enjoyable Film and It Made Me Love Superman Again
The wait is finally over. Justice League is in theaters now and there's no doubt that fans are going to flock to see it regardless of the mediocre reviews and terrible Rotten Tomatoes score. There's been a lot of talk about this film. Lots of fans are expecting it to be another crap DC film and a lot of fans are coming to its defense.
Well, I attended a late screening of the movie last night and you know what? I actually enjoyed the film! Sure, it wasn't without its problems, but for the most part, it was a fun action-packed movie with heart. I would say it's better than Batman v Superman but not as good as Wonder Woman. In the end, it was a step in the right direction, and I think fans are going to like it.
The two biggest problems that I had with the film were the villain Steppenwolf and the VFX work that was done. Steppenwolf's character was not established very well and I didn't really find him to be that menacing. He came off as being a very one-dimensional character that would be an easy villain for the Justice League team to take out. And you know what? It seemed like an easy fight for them.
Then, I don't know what was going on with the film's special effects, but it was pretty cheap looking. Not sure why they skimped out on the VFX work, especially with the changing landscape during the climax of the film. One of the most glaring issues for me was Henry Cavill's CG upper lip. As you know, he had to reshoot several parts of the film with a mustache that would later be digitally removed. Well, that digital removal stuck out like a sore thumb!
The story the movie told was ok. Batman and Wonder Woman set out on a mission to recruit Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to help defeat Steppenwolf, who is collecting the Mother Boxes to destroy the world. There were a few holes in the plot along with some silly overlooked things that happen. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't really get into specifics. But, there is one scene that leaves the team in a dire situation, then it cuts to them being out of it, and the audience is left wondering how they got out of the predicament. Then there's another scene in which they basically end up giving one of the Mother Boxes to Steppenwolf.
Now that my issues with the film are out of the way, I loved how the characters were handled in the movie! Aquaman, The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, they were all were wonderfully entertaining to watch. Jason Momoa was badass as Aquaman, Ezra Miller was amusingly loveable as The Flash, Ben Affleck lightened up a bit as Batman, Gal Gadot was as charming as ever as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher brought Cyborg to life in a cool unique way, and Henry Cavill gave us the Superman I've been waiting for!
Justice League made me love Superman again! I wasn't a big fan of how dark and moody he was in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. But here, he was full of light hope and smiles. Regardless of the bad CG on the upper-lip, I loved Superman in this movie! He made me happy as a fan and it got me excited to see what Man of Steel 2 could end up being.
As for Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon both having a hand in the film's direction, everything seemed to come together nicely. I didn't really see two different styles of filmmaking when watchng the film. However, you definitely notice both of their strengths in the film with Snyder's visuals and Whedon's character development.
If you enjoy watching big spectacle comic book movies, you're going to enjoy this for what it is. If you go into it looking for all of the bad aspects of the film, you'll definitely find them. But, if you go just looking for an enjoyable good time at the movies, you'll find it with Justice League.