Movie Review: “Justice League” – Disappointing

Written by Caitlin Cooper December 08, 2017

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Wonder Woman is one of my favourite films of 201. So you can imagine my excitement to see her on the big screen once again. However, as I found Batman v. Superman to be painfully long and slow, I did worry. And it seems I had a good reason to worry. Compared with the multiple superhero movies that hit theatres this year, especially Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League is noticeably lacking. And that’s a big problem for the DC film franchise. I can only hope it won’t prevent any planned standalone Wonder Woman sequels.

*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

Following the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck) is determined his death won’t be in vain. He’s intent on keeping his city, and the whole world, safe from threats. But he can’t do it alone. Bruce enlists Diana (Gal Gadot) to his cause, and they bring together extraordinary individuals to help them stop a new threat that has suddenly emerged.

“No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others.”

The biggest issue I have with Justice League is the pacing. I’m not sure why this continues to be a struggle for the DC films – aside from Wonder Woman – but it does. Although there’s actually a lot happening, it doesn’t seem like a lot is happening. Compared with Thor: Ragnarok, which also has a 2 hour run time, you sometimes notice that Justice League is a long movie. Batman is clearly the focal character, and that may be the issue. His backstory in Batman v. Superman was redundant and boring. His character isn’t much better in this movie, and even ends up making most of the other league members angry. Thankfully, Wonder Woman and the Flash really shine. Barry (Ezra Miller) is suitably nerdy and excited about everything, and he provides much of the comic relief to balance an otherwise pretty dark movie. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) also provides some comic relief, though his backstory could’ve been written better. On the other hand, the grief surrounding Superman as well as the disagreement over bringing him back was well done. We see Diana struggle with her grief over losing Steve Trevor, and clash with Bruce over her desire to save people but remain anonymous. There’s a hint that Bruce wants to be with Diana, and I really hope that doesn’t happen.

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Aside from the pacing issues and the fact that Batman as a character has been done one too many times, the CGI is quite a mess. The first thing we’re greeted with in Justice League is Henry Cavill’s face and something is off. I looked it up after I left the theatre, and what I noticed was the terrible CGI removal of his moustache. It was totally distracting, because the shape of his mouth changed from one shot to the next. It was so noticeable and awkward. The CGI of the villian’s creatures, and indeed the villain himself at times, was also not as great as it could’ve been. They looked a little too fake, almost cartoonish. For a movie like Justice League with a big budget, you’d think the CGI would’ve been better.

“The world needs Superman. The team needs Clark.”

Luckily, the cast is really, really talented and the action scenes are fairly impressive. Gal Gadot is truly amazing as Wonder Woman and I really hope we get another standalone movie for her character. Ezra Miller is adorable and funny as the Flash. Ray Fisher played Cyborg as a justifiably angry young man, but I’d like to see more of his character. Jason Momoa as Aquaman may spend most of his time being intense, but he gets moments to add comedy. If you can look past the CGI, Henry Cavill did well as Superman. He plays to both the dark and light sides of the character, but still brings a lot of charm to the league.

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I understand the urge to see Justice League. It had so much promise to bring DC characters to new heights. However, the pacing is a little slow, and the CGI was noticeably weak. Batman is one of the weaker links, but at least we have fantastic characters in Wonder Woman and the Flash. Thor: Ragnarok, which came out shortly before Justice League, is so amazing. So much so, that Justice League falls flat in comparison. If you’re a DC fan, you’ll probably still want to give this film a chance. Just don’t expect it to be as good as the latest MCU film.

My Rating: 5.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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