Justice League Film Review
Justice League was plagued with quite some problems even before it hit the theaters. The movie for instance was announced as a two part film. Extensive, time consuming and expensive re-shoots put strain on the budget and patience of the crew, and was shortened to one single product.
In May 2017, Snyder stepped down during post-production of the film and Joss Whedon took over the job and last but not least… The re-shoots I just mentioned coincided with Henry Cavill’s shooting schedule for Mission: Impossible 6, for which he had grown a mustache… Which he was contracted to keep while filming. So…. Justice League’s VFX team had to resort to using special effects to digitally remove the mustache in post, and thus the latest ridiculous meme was born. But what actually is going on in Justice League?
Well… The plot has to do with 3 Mother Boxes. The main villain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) needs them to conquer Earth through their combined energies and of course Batman (Ben Affleck) has to stop him. So with the help of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) they will form a reluctant team of superheroes. Barry Allen / Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry / Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Victor Stone / Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will join the Justice League, and though Frankenstein-like efforts so will Clark Kent /Superman (Henry Cavil). And you probably can guess the outcome.
Look… For all that has been said about Justice League, the bad press and even worse reviews, I’ll have some defending to do. It’s not as bad as I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a terrible shambles of a movie but at least it’s watchable, which is more than I can say for Batman V Superman for instance. But let’s start with the positives. There is some lighthearted humor among all the CGI head-ache inducing scenes, and the ridiculous looking action scenes. Most of the humor comes from the comic relief character Barry Allen, and precisely in those scenes you can appreciate the effort from Joss Whedon in the screenplay’s touch ups. Ezra Miller does a decent job in the role of Allen, (and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman) but not much can be said for the rest of the cast. Ben Affleck looks bored and bloated, Ray Fisher is there I guess, Jason Momoa looks like he’s having fun but his character is a total dick to everyone around him. Oh, and Superman pops in at the end with his CGI removed mustache that looks like he was at the dentist right before shooting and the anesthesia didn’t wore of just yet.
The supporting cast cannot even be even called that since Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Amber Heard are wasted here with under the bare minimum in screen time and even less compelling story-line. But that’s the main culprit for the movie being bad, I think. The lack of compelling characters in this movie. I just didn’t care about any of them, but the sometimes confusing script and barely coherent direction did little to help their cases. Among the other un-necessary things is the random family in northern Russia that ironically has more scenes than Amber Heard or Amy Adams in the role of Lois freaking Lane.
Which brings me to the biggest pet peeve I had in this movie. The fact the an actor like Ciarán Hinds got the most generic, weak and forgettable villain role in the entire history of DC cinematic universe. The only positive thing to say about Steppenwolf is Hind’s efforts to make him menacing as possible with his rich voice and his theatrical mannerisms, but the lackluster CGI concept regarding his appearance and even more generic story-line is staggeringly lazy and un-imaginative.
As I said before. The biggest asset of this movie is the presence of Gal and Ezra but also the fact that despite how plain and formulaic the plot is, you won’t get confused or repulsed by the finished product. The movie has A to B to C basic story, but in this case, the simplicity works fine in making Justice League bearable. It’s his virtue, not flaw.