BY Matt Vroom
Just so you know, I am about to spoil the CRAP out of the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie in this review. You have been warned.
I know that there has been a lot of mixed reviews surrounding the Justice League movie. Many critics are saying that the CGI is weak, or that it is too fast paced, or that the story is wonky but the characters are good. Though there is some truth to all of these statements, I do not entirely agree with them. The one thing that has been unanimous with these reviews is that everyone (for the most part) is excited to see what comes next.
Let me tell you why I believe that Justice League is the best DCU film to date (second only to Wonder Woman of course.) This movie did everything that it needed to. It told the background stories of each of the characters, described their motivations, introduced Steppenwolf and his motivations, brought Superman back to life with the motherbox, and then they all beat the junk out of Steppenwolf and his army of parademons.
My favorite moment of the film was the flashback scene of when Steppenwolf first invaded the Earth. In that scene you see the Atlanteans, the Amazons, the Old Gods (predominantly Zeus,) the tribes of man, and even…wait for it….a Green Lantern all fighting together to take down Steppenwolf and his cronies.
My second favorite moment of the film was after they brought Superman back to life, he went crazy and took out the whole League. While Superman had Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg pinned down, the Flash ran up behind him. To his surprise Superman first followed him with his eyes then his head, and then chased him using his own super speed.
Man, this movie had a lot of action, and a lot of humor. This definitely had the style of Zack Snyder, and the humor of Joss Whedon all in one movie.
Even though I did love this movie I had a couple gripes with it. First of all, they should have called this movie Justice League: Super Friends Assemble, because after the big battle at the end the League stood over the battle ground laughing and smiling like they were all buddies. My gripe with this was that it was just so out of place. A real hero wouldn’t stop to look at the destruction they caused. They would go and try to help out the people affected afterwards. I felt like it was weird to think that they were all good with each other after that battle especially because it was only a short period of time before where they were literally at each other’s throats….ahem…. Wonder Woman and Batman.
Honestly that was my only negative thought. The rest of the movie did what I, as a DC Comics fan, wanted it to do. I would have liked to see Easter Eggs of the Suicide Squad, and maybe some other heroes from the Bat family. I did wonder why Batman didn’t call up Batgirl or Nightwing. Both of whom I presume are in this universe considering that they both have films on the way.
I also wouldn’t have mind a Shazam reference. Especially since the announcement of Zachary Levi as SHAZAM! wasn’t too long ago. But whatever, I am not an exec at Warner Brothers….yet…
Well, I think that this spoilery rant has gone on enough. Thanks for reading! I hope that you have had the chance to see the movie before reading this review. If you haven’t then you really should because it is really good, and if you have then you should see it again. I really want DC to continue to pump out these movies. I feel like there is a lot of potential, and I don’t want to go through another reboot.