This is my honest and spoiler review of Justice League
Critics be Damned! This movie is everything that I would hope from a collaboration of superheroes, action, comrade, heart, humor, and general enjoyment of a growing franchise.
Superhero movies/shows are a dime a dozen these days and expectations increase as the years go by. The MCU has established itself as a cash cow and anything it churns is usually golden. However, DC has suffered a series a set of setbacks due to negative reviews, creative differences, dark undertones among many other things. However, these two universes couldn’t be more opposite. DC carries the weight of the most iconic and loved characters in history with Superman and Batman. So, of course, expectations run high on any release. With that being said, Justice League has now solidified a new era of superheroes, with more to come.
Now that I got that out of the way, let me breakdown the Justice League movie in all it’s glory. Zach Snyder has delivered an amazing superhero flick that is one for the ages. He has captured the essence that is the staples of Batman, Superman, and introduced others that might not be as familiar to others. Snyder's vision and fan boy persona shines brightly in this film. So many tributes and homages to DC films past creates the perfect nostalgia for the older, but still captivating those of the modern day.
Let’s take a look at the Justice League, shall we? Ben Affleck has established himself as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman. For those that have known me, I’ve always been a huge believer and advocate of Christian Bale as an actor and as the Batman. But with this establishment, Ben Affleck has risen above. He has successfully capture the essence that is Bruce Wayne and is able to capture the tormented soul that Bruce struggles with on a daily basis. Carrying Gotham on his shoulders and feeling like he is the one lone person that will keep this world clicking. As the Batman, he delivers a much needed energy to the franchise with arcade type of action and prowess that is expected of the Dark Knight. I sure do hope the rumors aren’t true of him exiting the role, as he is a force to be reckon with.
Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, no question about that. She blew me away in WW, but the action sequences and other plot twists in JL, she shows why WW is a remarkable hero in the DC arch. Not only that, she is an empowering figure for females everywhere. She gives hope and inspiration, and shows that standing for what you believe in, you should not hide in the shadows, but stand strongly without fear. Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot is the female lead we need in this day and age and I look forward to any film she is in, without hesitation.
When I heard Ezra Miller was cast as The Flash, I was skeptical like a lot of people. However, he easily displaced my hesitancy and created a much loved and iconic character in the DCU. Personally, I feel he is one of the stand out contributions to this film, next to Gal Gadot. He nailed Barry Allen, and along with the humor and emotion that he displayed, he carried the movie to new heights and helped with a lot of the dark undertones of the story line. I’m very excited to see him in Flash Point and in the future DCU.
I’ve always been a Jason Momoa fan, with that being said, I was disappointed with Aquaman’s character in this film. Arthur Curry’s introduction to the franchise was lacking in character and development. I would have liked to have seen more of the character in his element and showing why he is a valuable asset to the JL. With that being said, Momoa does deliver an edge that helps create a well-rounded ensemble. I’m sure the Aquaman will deliver on anything that I felt was lacking in this film.
Ray Fisher as Cyborg conveyed exactly what I would have expected from that character. His internal battle with what he was appended to, gives a true representation of what you would expect from a person in his position.
For me, no review wouldn’t be complete without commenting on the film score. For the last 25 plus years, I’ve ingrained myself in film scores and I feel I have a good litmus test on what works and what doesn’t. So, in the spirit of things, I will say that Elfman nailed this score in multiple ways. The standout aspect was the salute to past themes, and the present. Blended eloquently and beautifully, he was able to carry emotion into the film and bring heart to the characters that danced before your eyes.
In summary, this film is the epitome of what you would expect from a superhero film. Enjoyable, abundant action, conflicted souls, emotion and the feel good aspect. Don’t go in expecting this film to be a work of art, but take it for what it’s worth, an onscreen ensemble of superheroes.
Go have fun, watch film, once, twice, thrice, I don’t care. You will not be disappointed and forget the naysayers and their bloated egos as they have nothing better to do then state negativity in an already saturated world. If you want hope, empowerment, and humor, look no further!!