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Justice League

Year : 2017 Director : Zack 'I secretly hate DC Comics' Snyder Running Time : 110 Genre : ,
Movie review score
2.5/5

What’s it about?
The heroes of the (DC) world have to unite to stop an alien invasion.

What did we think?
It’s not great but it’s a lot of fun. I think it’s time Warner Bros/DC call time on the Zack Snyder experiment. His ability to take characters of hope and drag them into a darkness is one thing but it’s time to admit that while he presents nice aesthetics, his ability to tell a story is actually poor. I wanted to like Justice League. Heck, I wanted to love it. And while there was enough to keep me hopeful, it has to be said this movie just didn’t deliver.

After a slow, almost mandatory introduction of the characters it builds to an expected fight scene that remind them of the need to work together. All too predictable but ok. But it then leads to another all-to-similar fight scene that, if anything, was anti-climactic and had no real feel of danger or consequence.

And while they finally showed signs of capturing the essence of one character they’ve constantly missed in recent films, it comes at the expense of Batman who is relegated to little more than a bystander in the fights.

Don’t get me wrong – as I said before there’s some fun here. There’s even some good banter and dialogue (though also some painful stuff too). But what should have been a celebration of the finest collection of heroes comes off as a little flat. Neither comedy or drama, Justice League just doesn’t build up to anything.

Still, at least it’s better than the atrocious Man Of Steel and poor Batman v Superman.

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One Response so far.

  1. Well, Mum always said if I didn’t have anything nice to say to not say anything at all. Ummmmmmmmmmmm…

    The Barry Allen scenes were fantastic.

    Yep. That’s about it.

    Poor storytelling (convoluted exposition / having to introduce four main characters / general corny plot devices, direction and scripting) vastly outweigh the good bits (mainly the Barry Allen scenes).

    To quote the homeless man’s sign in the opening montage: “I tried”. Obviously not hard enough Zack.

    2 out of 5 underwhelming stars

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