Film Review: ‘Justice League’ fails to save the day

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Erica Pilotin, Staff Writer

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Imagine this scenario: Wonder Woman’s powers, Superman’s strength, The Flash’s speed, Aquaman’s abilities, Cyborg’s intelligence, and Batman’s money coming together to make the perfect superhero all-star team. A dream come true in the eyes of the DC comic world fans as well as viewers around the world. Unfortunately, “Justice League” fails to bring these characters together in an enjoyable way.

While seeing all of the heroes work together is very cool and empowering, the film lacks the superpower to make this a stand-out movie. This film, directed by Zack Snyder, falls into the category of just another superhero movie. However, if viewers power through the cheesy one-liners and excessive slow-motion action shots, it becomes more enjoyable as the movie continues.

After the death of beloved Superman, played by Henry Cavill, the nation is in ruins as crime comes to an all-time high. But this is insignificant to the problem of the stereotypical hell god coming back from the dead to conquer all of man, which is the call to action for Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Wonder Woman.

Our first glimpse of a hero in action is when Batman, played by Ben Affleck, stops an apartment burglary on top of a roof in Gotham City. But the three-minute scene could easily be over in 30 seconds if every punch thrown and dodge taken by the hero was not in slow motion. The poor CGI makes Batman look like a wax figure flailing in the sky, and it starts the movie on a low note.

Luckily, Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, saves the day with a fun, well-choreographed fight scene with flying bullets, children being saved, and a feeling of women empowerment. The previous scene of Batman is close to being forgotten about when Wonder Woman works her magic and saves not only the people in the movie, but also our first impressions of the film.

The overall feel of the movie is very dense with both inner and outer conflict, and it is difficult to follow along with what the character’s hardest challenge is. The nation dealing with the death of Superman, each character trying to find who they are, and the on going battle between the Justice League and the main antagonists makes the film feel like an overstuffed cabinet with too many plastic containers. One wrong move, and it all comes crashing down.

And it falls quite hard. All of the characters’ overwhelming background stories are shoved down viewers’ throats, making us not care about them. But the actors working in the film are all very talented, it is just that the directions taken and the choices made burdened our interest in the characters. For example, the first time viewers see The Flash is when he is speaking to his dad in prison. This conversation is irrelevant to the rest of the story line, and yet it uses most of the time taken to introduce The Flash. All of the heroes have interesting backstories that most people know, but the film does not do these iconic superheroes justice in their portrayal on screen working together.

As the movie continues, and there are less cliche “I’m a superhero here to save the day” type sayings, the $300 million film starts to shine through. Epic fight scenes that cause viewers to always be on the edge of their seat, funny jokes cracked by The Flash (played by Ezra Miller), and the captivating powers of Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher), all contribute to the slow rise of the movie’s quality.

It is quite hard dividing screen time with such talented actors and iconic characters. With the crashes of both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the DC movieverse was looking for a great film to bring them back up from their downfall. Unfortunately, “Justice League” could not carry the weight up from the two previous fails, and audiences everywhere are left patiently waiting for “Wonder Woman 2” so Gal Gadot can once again come in and save the day.

Our grade: C
“Justice League”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 120 Minutes
Genre: Action/ Super Hero Movie
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa

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Film Review: ‘Justice League’ fails to save the day