Yes yes, I know, I am very late and probably one of the last person to watch Justice League. I wasn’t too excited about it since the reviews were very mixed, with more and more critics bashing the movie for various reasons. On the other hands, die hard fans were up in arms about how great the movie it, and to ignore the critics.
So I honestly went into the movie with no expectations, and came out of the movie having enjoyed it– just about. Of course it helps that there is a die hard super-hero friend sitting next to you to keep you abreast of all the characters.
Justice League, first things first, belongs to the DC Universe. Which means you will NOT see X-Men or Iron Man in this movie. Instead, you will see Superman and Batman. Ok, so that’s out of the way (sorry, I had to say that as I often get confused between all these superhero movies and which league will be joining which league to fight which evil villain from whatever universe!)
So Justice League (which is one of the most expensive DC movies ever made) is basically about the group of superhero- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg- who form a team to honour the dead Superman (he died in the Batman v Superman movie) by fighting off a menacing villain called Steppenwolf and his parademons.
So here’s my take:
- Batman, played by Ben Affleck, needs to have a new actor. While I like Affleck a lot, he just didn’t do it for me. His brooding, deep-throat voice was getting a tad but annoying. Of course, he had to show his guilt over the death of Superman and we get that. But, goodness, Ben Affleck needs to move on.
- Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, was the only highlight of the movie. She has screen presences, the style and the acting skills to convince us she is really Wonder Woman. Goes without saying she has excellent action skills too.
- Aquaman was the only other superhero I was excited about. The concept of a big bulky man (Jason Momoa from Games of Thrones) sounded like a great concept. His introduction was fun, but very soon, he was relegated to the background because we have two more characters coming up.
- Flash, layer by Ezra Miller, was fun initially but then started to get annoying. We get that he’s to play a cute, teenager who’s getting a kick from playing sidekick to Batman. His action sequences are fun and worthwhile, but then that’s about it.
- Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, had a cool concept and body armour, and then that was about it. Unfortunately, Cyborg and Flash don’t have a solid backstory to make us feel the least bit connected to them.
Then we have Superman, whose body is exhumed, and he comes back as a mean Superman, only for Lois Lane to show him her love to enable him to cool down. Finally, the Justice League is assembled as Superman joins the team. Yay.
The villain was the biggest disappointment. I don’t know what possessed the makers of the film to create the villain entirely out of CGI. It looked shoddy at places while other times he was devoid of that human touch.
The movie had the villain wanting to secure the three boxes, which if joined together will grant him superpower and control over the world. Our superhero want to get hold of those boxes and destroy the villain. Hence begin the battle between good and evil. No points in guessing who wins.
The action sequences were fun to watch, as well as witnessing the camaraderie between all five superhero. There were some comic moments which elicited few chuckles from he audience. These moments were the highlights of the film.
However, sitting in the cinema with other fans, who hooted and clapped at all the right moments created a buzzing atmosphere, which only heightened my experience of watching a movie like this. Not to mention my friend, a die hard comic hero fan, who enlightened me throughout the movie with excessive knowledge of the characters.
A good one time watch, but not that great.
Oh, and stay for the end, for there are TWO post credits.
3 out of 5