Justice League: Film Review

I was not a fan of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so I thought Justice League would be just as rubbish, especially after the reviews came out and they were really bad. My expectations were incredibly low and I think that helped because I actually thought it was fine.

With Superman (Henry Cavill) dead, aliens come to Earth in search of three powerful boxes, one of which releases Steppenwolf, who will be able to destroy the world if he finds and connects all three. Realising they need more manpower, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to help them defeat him.

I’m not saying Justice League was amazing or even that good, but it is a decent offering and miles better than BvS. The story darts around the globe too much but it is far more cohesive and made slightly more sense (slightly). It is tighter, not so weighed down with unnecessary filler, and didn’t out stay its welcome (with a nice running time of -2 hours). The characters are served better, the dialogue is improved and there were some decent jokes worthy of a Marvel movie.

Miller was the standout in every scene. I love him as an actor anyway but he was so funny and adorably nerdy and awkward that he put a smile on my face every time. The film would have been nowhere near as entertaining without him. Wonder Woman is served well and her traits and morals remained intact from her solo movie, but I was annoyed about the sexy and low-cut outfits she was given to wear. Everyone else was pretty meh and I still don’t enjoy Affleck’s Batman voice.

Despite all these improvements, it is sadly a mess of CGI most of the time, certainly in the action scenes. They looked so bad. It was so messy, so much going on and it all becomes a bit of a blur. That is why I preferred the non-action scenes. I didn’t like the look of Steppenwolf or care about him as a villain as his intentions were so generic – the classic “I want to destroy the world”. I just wish the end battles in MCU/DCEU movies could be less of a CGI fest. They also spent a lot of money to digitally remove Cavill’s moustache and you could tell cause his mouth didn’t look natural a lot of the time. It was very distracting. I kept thinking, ‘What going on with his mouth?’ until I remembered the moustache story.

I didn’t care about the story at all because you know they are going to save the day but it does have some entertaining moments. Oh, and definitely stick around for the post-credits scene. It is worth the wait!

In cinemas Friday 17th November

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