Justice League- a mixed bag indeed but nowhere near the car crash click bait news story some reviewers would lead you to believe. Is Batfleck as good as Bale? No. Is Snyder as good as director as Nolan? Nope. This is a different version of that super hero, imitating more The Avengers formula, which is not my overall preference. But please, less hysteria.
The film is clunky in its multiple introductions of all the heroes, Jim Gordon must have 2 minutes of screen time, and the random Russian family subplot does little to invest us emotionally. Evidently there will be a 3 hour version on the DVD release and it’ll be interesting to see what was cut. I get the impression 2.5 hours is its native running time before the studio enforced the 2 hour limit. Cyborg is fairly forgettable but more useful than Black Widow from The Avengers. The effects are passable, in some sections dodgy (Aquaman’s building ‘surf’ is ropey) and Cavill’s cgi anti-moustache airbrush is distracting in a surprisingly disturbing way. Steppenwolf is a stupidly named, bland cgi villain, who also mumbles about DarkSeid and is fairly forgettable too. But you couldn’t really tell 300 MILLION dollars has been spent on it!!!
I did enjoy the film, the action scenes were fun, with some X-Men Quicksilver-esque lightning fast interventions by the Flash. Some great one liners, as when Superman threatens Batman using the Bat’s threat from Batman Vs Superman: “Tell me, do you bleed?” Batman later, writhing on the floor: “Yep, something’s definitely bleeding.” This cracked me up out loud in the cinema, along with the awkward social tics of the Flash. I was also emotionally invested in Diana’s relationship with the rest of the team and Gal Gadot continues to dazzle with her delicate intensity.
Overall: still not as well thought out and integrated as Marvel’s features but it is certainly competent when compared against Avengers Age of Ultron, or X Men: Apocalypse. I think Joss Whedon done remarkably well in saving a film largely directed by Zack Snyder. It’ll be interesting to see where they take things next. Shame they didn’t use the black Superman suit!
For me, Man Of Steel is still the most successful film under the Snyder ‘banner’, and I still like Batman Vs Superman the extended version.
On the Lee Rating scale: 3/5– which means overall enjoyable, but not great.
Stay to the end as you see some of Lex Luthor, who apparently was the biggest casualty of the studio cuts made to Justice League.