KYLE Says JUSTICE LEAGUE Is A Fun And Thrilling Time At The Movies.

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FILM REVIEW: JUSTICE LEAGUE

BY KYLE ARANGO

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fischer, Henry Cavill, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of how, after the death of Superman, a new threat has come to the Earth. Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team in order to stop this threat and save the world. This is based on the famous comic book team and is DC’s Avengers. Can it achieve the same success that the Avengers had? The answer is no, but not that it must. Justice League is a completely different movie with different goals. Now if it achieved those goals is a different question. To answer, yes and no. While it did succeed in some respects, it failed in others. What came together was a fun movie with issues that should’ve been addressed.

To give a background on this movie, Justice League had lofty expectations from the start. However, it was overwhelmed with issues throughout production. First off, it had to follow-up what was an excellent movie in Wonder Woman which is no easy task. Next, there was a director shakeup midway through production. Zack Snyder unfortunately had to step away due to the passing of his daughter. This led to Joss Whedon stepping in to finish the job. There was also a black cloud hovering over Batman himself Ben Affleck. There are numerous reports and rumors that he does not want to play this character anymore. While nothing is official, it is still an unnecessary burden on the rest of the film. With all these issues, it had to be a movie about the Justice League on top of it all. This group of characters is beloved by fans of its comics and television series. Fans have waited their whole lives for this movie, and want it to be great. This film had a lofty burden from the start, but it did succeed in many aspects.

The positives of this film include many different aspects, particularly the cast. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is the strongest performer here and saves the movie in a few scenes. She is strong, powerful, and she makes you focus on her every time she is on screen. They are clearly trying to make her the leader here and it is working, she is excellent. Another character that steals the show is Ezra Miller as the Flash. He is the comedic relief and a reflection of us. If we were to join the Justice League, we would act the way he does. I’ve always wanted to see this character on screen and Miller does a great job as Barry Allen. Ray Fischer as Cyborg is also a nice surprise here and has a bigger role than I thought he would have. Jason Momoa is a great Aquaman here as well, though he is not in the film as much as I was expecting. Finally, we get the Batman. Affleck is a great Batman, I just wish he committed more to the role. The supporting cast is fine, but nothing special. Another plus here is the dialogue. The characters have real interactions that you become invested in. The script comes across well here. The cast is essentially the spinal cord of the film and without them, it would fall apart. Thankfully that is not the case.

Now we get to the negatives and there are quite a couple that I feel really hurt this film. First off, we get another generic villain. His motivations are nothing more than “I want to destroy the world” and his persona is pretty plain. He disappears for a good portion of this movie which is good because I like the league better than him. Another problem is the effects. Sometimes is looks amazing, others it looks either unfinished or lazy which is just not professional. The final, and biggest problem of Justice League is the pacing. This is a huge problem for me because I believe it really hurt the end result. Warner Bros. gave a mandate to the film that it must come in at two hours or less, and it backfired on them. This mandate made the film feel rushed, and as a result, took away key character moments that give us backstory or motivations. The assembling of the league happens very quickly, and the plot is rushed. Action scenes are very short and end before it can grab you. Characters get shortchanged because of this such as Aquaman who really has no significant screen time. We don’t get to see just how powerful the new characters of Flash, Cyborg, or Aquaman are, and it makes them seem weak. If the film had the freedom to be as long as it needed. It would be much better.

At the end of it all, Justice League is a fun and thrilling time at the movies. It won’t blow your pants off, but it will make you smile. There are glaring problems here that could’ve easily been fixed, but what we got was enough to overcome those flaws. I want to see where these characters go next and that is the most important thing. I want to see more, so the movie did its job. I do recommend you see Justice League, and stick around after the credits for two very good scenes that are some of my favorite parts of the movie.

 

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