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Justice League: Should You Watch It?

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Justice League Movie Review:

The Justice League, in case you missed it, is the fifth movie in the DC cinematic universe and takes place after the events of Batman vs Superman and Wonder Woman, and apparently Suicide Squad, which is counted as a DC Universe continuity movie, I don’t know.

People who enjoy seeing their favourite comic book characters come to life on the big screen will not be disappointed in this interpretation of a beloved DC comic property, and those who enjoy Marvel superheroes are going to be smug for the entire movie.

Justice League is a fine movie, it’s ok, it’s not great, but it brings the DC movie universe up to speed in a lot of ways, and falls down a flight of stairs, breaking every bone in their bodies, in others.

The Justice League:

One of these falls is the awful CGI, which really put me off at every turn, not limited to the weak rendition and forgettable nature of Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher; a character who, I feel, should have been a bit more important in this movie, considering his role in the story, but feels more like a bad CGI’d plot device, of bad CGI.

Ben Afflick reprises his role of Batman, which was probably not the best portrayal of that character we’ve seen in recent years; being sidelined to the silly brooding man with a grappling hook. Henry Cavil returns as Superman, the beacon of hope to all of humanity, and is probably the best Superman we’ve had in recent memory, although, that uncanny moustache though.

Gal Gadot, returns as Wonder Women, except this time, with the weight of her own movie behind her, and it shows. You really get the sense that despite the uncanny awkwardness around Batman and Superman trying to be no serious and rather entertaining, Wonder Woman really carries the movie and the team, probably better than Captain America did for The Avengers. Gal Gadot once again brought the character to life, and it was a treat seeing her again.

My favourite character by far though was Aquaman, played by the rip and toned Jason Mamoa. A character who was very entertaining and has a lot of potential for a solo film, though sadly, underutilised in this story, to a point I feel the studio may have gotten cold feet about a character who in his past literature has been portrayed as a bit of a joke or silly hero who can talk to fish. A joke, which the movie uses actually too many times, and it’s actually not that funny after the first drop. Mamoa though develops an extremely entertaining Aquaman, one that I really hope to see more of in the future. (Though I’m concerned about water scenes, it didn’t look great on screen)

Finally, the Flash, played by Ezra Miller, was everything I wanted in a young Flash, quirky, cute and funny, he was a much-needed reprieve from the serious and dark narrative. I think a few solo series of films, showing the development of this character into a mature superhero should be considered, and I’d watch it.

Should you watch Justice League?

Yes, you probably should, it was an entertaining movie, but nowhere near perfect, in fact, there’s still a lot of work to do to make this film franchise comparable to Marvel or Star Wars in terms of entertainment and value, though, you do feel that the studio has made a real effort to improve on the mistakes of the past, even if it’s making new ones.

But, that’s just my opinion, I’d love to know what you thought about the movie if you’ve watched it, in the comments below, and if you haven’t watched it, well, enjoy.

 

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