“Justice League puts DC in the right direction to create a rich and fun cinematic universe”
Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see Zack Snyder’s Justice League before its official cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
While the world is still mourning the death of the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a member of Darkseid’s Elite, brings his army of Parademons to Earth to recover three ancient cubes known as Mother Boxes. These Mother Boxes are capable of destroying the world as we know it.
With Superman gone, it’s up to Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to prepare a team of heroes to save mankind. This task has them teaming up with a speedster known as The Flash (Ezra Miller), a cyborg capable of hacking into anything (Ray Fisher) and the king of the oceans himself, Aquaman (Jason Momoa).
Justice League had the hard task of following up on the events of Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman and keeping the DC cinematic universe on track. All this while dealing with internal issues like the departure of Zack Snyder from the project for personal – and well justified – reasons and bringing Joss Whedon in to finish the film. What’s more, the production also had to deal with the mixed reviews of films like Suicide Squad, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, that have generated a rather negative vibe for every DC movie on the net among critics even before release.
Fans can relax, though. Justice League is a film made for them and feels like the cartoons they loved watching on Saturday mornings, delivering tons of “DC fan-service” with solid takes on iconic characters. The chemistry among the all-star cast is superb, with Aquaman and The Flash becoming instant fan-favourites and a Cyborg that looks as if he was taken from the pages of a comic book. Ben Affleck once again shines as the caped crusader, owning the character and his alter ego Bruce Wayne, while Gal Gadot reprises her flawless take on Diana Prince.
It’s true the film is far from perfect. It’s a bit messy in some scenes, especially some shoddy CGI during the final battle. However, the heroes and the main villain are showstoppers as a full group, with none of them standing out more than the other, showing a perfect balance between action and story-line with just the necessary amount of character development. Furthermore, Whedon and Snyder don’t go for the obvious things, and they avoid going too deeply into the origin story of each character, which was an excellent move in order to leave the doors open for the upcoming DC stand-alone films.
The soundtrack by Danny Elfman deserves a special mention, as the iconic composer showcases his talent once again, not only by coming up with epic new melodies but also by bringing back his iconic soundtracks from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and John Williams’ Superman theme in a subtle, clever and truly epic way.
Overall, Justice League is what many fans always dreamed of seeing on the big screen, and despite its flaws it puts DC back on track to create a rich, fun cinematic universe. It makes grown ups to feel like kids and kids dream of becoming heroes.
Watch it with fanboy eyes and avoid negative vibes, because you are about to experience one of the most enjoyable cinematic rides of your life!
Justice League opens in cinemas November 17
Note: Don’t leave the cinema until the very end or you will miss two epic post-credit scenes full of DC glory!