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Review: Justice League

The Earth’s mightiest heroes have assembled. Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are here to save the day in Zack Snyder’s latest superhero smackdown. However, the production was plagued by tragedy and harsh constrictions placed on the film’s runtime. So did Justice League end up more like Wonder Woman or Batman V Superman? Sadly, this film is a mess somewhere in the middle.

According to certain sources, around 50mins of footage was cut from this film to reduce it to a 2 hour runtime. This has destroyed any sense of narrative flow or consistency that there may have been. Character motivations are reduced to their most basic and simplistic form. Nowhere is this more apparent than in a sequence in Atlantis. I won’t spoil anything, but watch this scene and tell me that you aren’t confused for 90% of the scene. This is a common thread, and the confusion ruins any sense of fun that might be coming from the action.

The shining light of this film is Gal Gadot. Gadot is the perfect fit for Wonder Woman, kind, charming, noble and a real role model for people of any age. However, it is apparent that despite Gadot’s best efforts, she thrives under a good director like Patty Jenkins while for Zack Snyder, she is never pushed to the charismatic heights she reached in Wonder Woman.

The rest of the cast make little impression. Ben Affleck seems terribly bored as Batman and Jason Mamoa is a dull Aquaman. Ray Fisher has too few scenes to truly make an impact as Cyborg and Ezra Miller is gratingly unfunny as The Flash. None of the other members of the cast make any impact at all.

For a film which reportedly cost around $300 million dollars, the CGI is astonishingly poor. The villain, Steppenwolf is another giant angry CGI villain who wants to destroy the earth for a poorly thought out reason. The film’s lengthy re-shoots are enormously apparent due to the horrendous green screen that blights most scenes. However, and it has to be seen to be believed, Henry Cavill’s CGI erased moustache is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I’ve seen in a film all year. It is unforgettable.

Justice League is a mess, but a forgettable one. It isn’t as ugly or as painful as Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad, but doesn’t reach the entertaining heights of Wonder Woman. Gadot is a superb Diana Prince and lights up the screen with every charming line and smile she gives. All the men need to pick their game up because they are hopelessly outclassed. This goes to Zack Snyder and his replacement Joss Whedon. Their ideas and general portrayal of the female characters in this film (look at Diana’s new low cut tightly fitting civilian clothing and the bikini armour of the Amazonians) are not ideal for our modern landscape and make Justice League feel disappointingly regressive. Whether the DCEU will recover from this film and its slow box office numbers remains to be seen.

Justice League is in cinemas nationwide now. Image Source: Maxim.com