Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Justice League



Synopsis: " Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."

Thoughts: Whereas Batman vs. Superman divided fans and in a lot of fans minds, started this whole "DC Extended Universe" off the wrong foot. It was too dark, it was too long, too many stories, etc, etc.  My opinion aside, a lot of fans weren't willing to accept this as their cinematic universe. But thankfully since Wonder Woman, fans started loosening up and looking at the films with a little bit more acceptance. And once Justice League hit, fans were who were let down by previous movies were ready to give the series another chance. A lot of that had to do with the reshoots done by Joss Whedon and the announcement that Zack Snyder would be taking a break from the movie.

Justice League is, visually, a bigger movie than BVS. On top of that, after hearing so much fan response over the darkness in the previous movie, more humor and heart was interjected. I think adding light heartedness helps the movie and the future of the series. Personally, I prefer the DC movies to maintain more of a dark feel, but after seeing what they were able to deliver, I'd be ok with more movies in this vein.

The team dynamic is really the main focal point in this movie. Picking up after Superman's death, the team bands together to make the world a safer place. Characters briefly introduced in BVS, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash join the ranks of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman to take down Steppenwolf, Darkseid's uncle and the first of what appears to be many villains that stand in the way. This is pretty close to the original comics, as we'd see the main characters go around courting new members to join the League.

Justice League is a great step into the future for DCEU and it's fan response shows it. I hope with the release of this bluray, anyone who was on the fence with watching it before in the theater, will give it a solid chance. The action is there, the special f/x were good, the story is fun and the villain is larger than life. I'm really excited to see where the series goes from here.

Oh and for those curious, the "Return of Superman" deleted scenes are pretty fun. I highly suggest checking those out. Especially the scene with Alfred. You'll be happy with what you see!

-Chad

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