“Justice League” Review

17 November, 2017

Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriters: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Director of Photography: Fabian Wagner
Cast: 
Ben AffleckGal GadotJason Momoa

Synopsis: Following the death of Superman and the creation of the Justice League, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash join forces in a battle against hellish tyrant Steppenwolf who seeks to combine his godly strength with a destructive and potentially world-altering source of power.

Justice League Review:

A film where no one is given their time to shine but everyone is offered their moment to fail, “Justice League” sees a project deeply affected by past criticism, a mad scramble from studio bosses which offers no safety to its airbrushed stars in a production still stitched and bleeding from botched surgery which unveils like a $300 million exercise in shooting oneself in the foot. Smiling, waving, and praying no one will notice before the money rolls in, the movie ploughs forth with a stiff upper lip, or in Cavill’s case an uncomfortably redrawn one that looks faker than Jar Jar Binks’ backside, reminding us that “Batman v Superman” really wasn’t a disaster after all as “Justice League” meticulously out-bombs every criticism aimed at the movies that came before it.

Delivering a script that’s 99.9% exposition in a universe as unstable as the world it inhabits, “Justice League” captures a fading and fatigued franchise, giving us nothing but jumbled moments in a film with more patchwork than an old sock and almost no sense of direction. Embarrassed by its past failings and unable to grasp the vital nature of consistency, the movie sees a horrifying cut and paste job from a studio in crisis, changing its original recipe to please an underwhelmed fan-base yet ultimately creating more problems out of the need for reshoots and screenplay alterations; a decision later worsened by Zack Snyder’s bereavement and post-production absence.


Tonally inconsistent as part of a larger series and pained by the loss of its chief visionary, “Justice League” lacks the saint-like imagery that prevented “Batman v Superman” from choking on its own drivel, proving to be a real dud on both an intellectual and visual level as a suspiciously clipped run-time reveals nothing but shoddy universe-building and an all-too familiar good vs. evil subplot. Stylistically flat and laughable in its convenient resurrection of a fallen soldier, “Justice League” finds itself wedged somewhere between the Marvel universe and the depths of Hell; a terrible place to be for a franchise that’s already the butt of the joke in every context.

 

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