Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hrs.
If you thought that Wonder Woman represented a turning point for the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), get ready to be disappointed. Justice League lands in our theaters poorly managed and plagued with production issues. From the hodgepodge character development, to the bad visual effects, this film struggles to tell a coherent story, or create enough chemistry between its main players to make you care about anything else the DCEU might offer up after this. It’s a mess. A big expensive mess.
Justice League is marginally less annoying than Batman v Superman or Man of Steel. It’s nowhere near as well put together as Wonder Woman, and can’t touch anything Marvel has produced. There was a skeletal resemblance of a story here, but no meat. Time spent with each character is painfully brief, and the plot is mostly recycled from another much more successful superhero team up film *cough* The Avengers *cough*.
Performances for the most part where okay, but just barely okay. Ranging from looking bored as hell (I’m looking at you Ben and Henry), to being overly exuberant (Mr. Ezra). I often felt big chunks of this film were left on the proverbial cutting room floor, and what we ended up with checked a lot of studio wish list boxes, at the expense of releasing a product that could be enjoyed again and again for years to come. Like *cough* The Avengers *cough*.
Keep your expectations low for this one. If you’ve enjoyed the DCEU films so far, you’ll probably find some elements to enjoy here. My advice would be to wait for the rental.
Wonder Woman’s brief introduction to the film sees her protect a crowd of people from being shot. It’s a rare moment of quality action in this movie, and Gal Gadot, as ever, is great as the powerful Amazonian.
Justice League (2017)