So here it is, the first live action spectacular of DC’s biggest superhero team. Helmed by Zack Snyder (with a little help from Joss Whedon), ‘Justice League’ is big, bold and a little messy, but still an enjoyable ride all in all.
The plot follows a team of superheroes that includes the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman, who are brought together for the first time to take on the evil Steppenwolf, a supervillain hell-bent on destroying and re-structuring the Earth using the three Mother boxes. It is the most simple and generic of superhero plots with Steppenwolf being a bland paint-by-numbers supervillain. But it’s difficult to do much else when it comes to these big superhero team-ups, especially when it’s the first time that they are brought together and despite the genericness it is still well played out, if somewhat rushed and has a fair amount of humour mixed in, as well as some good character moments.
In fact it is with the characters that the films shines through most. They are all backed up by some solid acting, with the heroes interacting really well with each other as well as having their own interesting little moments. The Flash played by Ezra Miller was a particular highlight, however Aquaman seemed to be very underutilised and I think he had the least amount of screen time. Granted he does have a solo movie coming out next year, so that could be a reason why, but it still would have been nice to see more of him on screen.
The same could be said though about every other hero, as the problem with doing a film with so many big characters is that it can be difficult to spread the focus fairly and so while there are good character bits, they are very fleeting and you’re left wanting more of them. As I mentioned, the film does feel a little rushed and its 120 minute runtime flies by pretty fast, so while its obvious they wanted to make the film concise, there are definitely a few things, including one big event in particular that could have benefited from having more time dedicated to them.
The films other main issue is its climax. Now the film does have some decent CGI and good action sequences but the climactic battle is a bit of a mess. There are good moments in it, but it really bothered me visually. Nearly all of it is made of CGI, which usually isn’t an issue, but here it just looked ugly and cluttered, which took me out of the film a little. I understand the aesthetic they were going for but considering their massive budget, the execution was certainly underwhelming.
It’s a shame cause the film does actually have some good visuals outside of that one scene. It’s not completely consistent, but there is some nice camerawork to be appreciated here and I think all the character & costume designs look pretty cool.
Despite its flaws though, I still enjoyed the majority of this film, it has some strong character moments, a solid musical score and some pretty good humour and action. It’s not fantastic by any means and doesn’t match up to ‘Wonder Woman’ or ‘Batman v Superman’, but it is better than’ Suicide Squad’ and is overall a decent offering that has enough there to keep you engaged and entertained throughout.
OVERALL: 6.5/10 – AVERAGE
Reviewed by Eric Hart (Blazinhart).