My wife and I were really looking forward to seeing DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. Our opportunity came on Friday night at New Farm Cinema’s GOLD CLASS, after a couple of drinks, and a bite to eat at Deathproof, on Brunswick Street (one very cool place to hang out!). Turns out that the build-up promos, and trailers, were better than the main event. It could have been SO GOOD!! Damn it!!
With a budget of over $300 million (making it one of the most expensive movies ever made!), Justice League had all of the ingredients to be amazing. Armed with an ensemble cast, with each reprising their roles from previous instalments in the DC Extended Universe, Zack Snyder delivered another action packed episode.
But was that the issue? Was there too much to deliver in the two hour cut? Maybe if it was a three hour, or even four hour epic, it might have matched up to the dark intensity that Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us. Instead, Justice League was a light hearted, fluff piece that bounced over the surface of the DC canvas, in the same way that Suicide Squad did (another recent DC movie that Snyder was involved in). With too many jokes delivered by an emotionally unintelligent band of superheroes, the movie had no chance of being taken seriously.
Thankfully, there was one good surprise that came from watching Justice League. How good is Ezra Miller as The Flash! A bit of a bumbling fool, but a welcome comic relief while enduring an otherwise tedious couple of hours. He made watching the movie bearable. He seems to be DC’s go-to-Flash-guy as this is the third time Miller has played Barry Allen/The Flash for Snyder.
Sadly, due to the death of his daughter, Snyder left the Justice League venture before it was complete, which may have contributed to its less than amazing result. Joss Whedon was hired by Snyder to complete the project, but I think it is quite obvious that, he is no Zac Snyder.
Such a shame. Let’s hope the next Justice League is better (expected in 2020). Perhaps Snyder should stick to directing the movies instead of trying to write them too (with the exception of 300 and Suckerpunch, which were both awesome!). Let’s face it, not everyone can be Christopher Nolan, right?!
If you like Justice League, you might also like: Watchmen (2009), Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017).
The Movie Lad rates this: Two out of a possible five attempts at being funny while preparing to fight Steppenwolf!
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