Sunday, January 14, 2018

Justice League (2017)

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Composer: Danny Elfman

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Unite

Plot: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  I doubt it.

I don't want to spend much time on this so...  The bad?  It's got yet another bland villain (Marvel has them, too), the film is ridden with cliches, some of the dialogue is laughably bad, some of the humor is forced and feels a little awkward and dumb shit happens frequently enough to draw attention to itself.  The good?  Superman is fun for the first time in decades.  Jason Momoa was a blast as well.  Bruce Wayne's Batman inspired silver Mercedes was cool.  I was excited to see Ciaran Hinds in the picture but he plays the villain with little to distinguish his face, leaving only his heavily altered voice left for something to recognize which was tough sometimes.  It's brighter in tone and on screen than the previous three DC films but it's still much too dark.  It's almost embarrassing how much Warner's current DC films are lagging behind the success of the Marvel CU.  There were a couple of all too brief moments in Elfman's score where he gave us a hint of the '78 SUPERMAN and '89 BATMAN film themes.  That was nice but more would've been better.  The script felt sloppy at times and maybe that's the result of Snyder not finishing it and Whedon being brought in to finish it.  I almost don't care about this series anymore.  I only went to the theater (in early December) to see this because it didn't cost me anything since I'm on the Movie Pass but I did waste $5 on popcorn so there's that.

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