Thursday, November 16, 2017
Justice League Review: Justice is Served as a Superpowered Blockbuster!
Taking place after the events Batman v.Superman the plot to Justice League deals with Batman (Ben Affleck) bringing together Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) in order to face an alien threat that is bent on destroying the world. You know how it goes: a great evil threatens the world and a group of unlikely heroes come together to save together from certain doom. When putting like that it seemed that Justice League followed a very simple concept, and truthfully this statement is quite true. Was this a poor choice on the story's part? The answer to this question may vary but I do not believe the film's straightforward narrative was a bad thing. It may have been broad but the story was exciting and it turned to be an adventure with a decent pace. Yet this not to say that the plot had no dimensions to it. One of the most intriguing aspects to the movie was how it was able to expand on the cinematic world of DC Comics. Seeing the likes of Atlantis or the start of Flash's journey gave the plot a captivating element that made me eager to see more. The only issue I had with the plot was that its direction at times was a little too straightforward. Although the movie did its best to clarify on plot points the broad narrative did hold the story back and took the impact away from certain moments and twists. Despite its merits and shortcomings I felt that the most compelling thing about Justice League's plot was that it was as much of an ending as it was a beginning. The story brought the plots of Man of Steel and Batman v.Superman to a full circle while also being the start of a new adventure for this franchise; and that certainly gave this tale of heroes a defining trait.
The cast to Justice League was quite the highlight for the film. The ensemble of superheroes were a formidable group as their individual characteristics were as impressive as their chemistry together. For Batman and Wonder Woman their progression felt right as it gave them new directions that was natural for both characters. Meanwhile the new heroes almost stole the show away from their established peers. Both Flash and Cyborg were equally impressive with their distinct characters and the solid acting from both Miller and Fisher. As for Aquaman he could have had a little more more development, but he was solid addition to the film and this was thanks to Jason Mamoa's raw performance. As for Superman(Henry Cavill) he did not have the development of his fellow League members, but the Man of Steel’s presence was definitely there and Cavill's performance gave the movie (and the franchise) some of the character’s best moments to date. As for the supporting cast they certainly did their jobs. The likes of Lois Lane(Amy Adams), Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), Commissioner Gordon (JK Simmons), Mera (Amber Heard) and especially Alfred (Jeremy Irons) gave a sense of variety to the movie that was worthy of any superhero film. As for the movie's villain I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). True he was not the most dynamic antagonist but there were elements, namely Ciaran Hinds' performance, that gave Steppenwolf the edge to standout; and for what it was worth I felt that this type of villain was appropriate to face the newly formed Justice League.