Justice League

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Justice League (2017)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Written by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher

Bruce Wayne (Affleck) begins to assemble a team of unique heroes when a new and terrifying enemy threatens the world.

This comic book movie is the most recent addition to the films of the DC Extended Universe. Zack Snyder (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) returned to the series as director. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers). The cast features Ben Affleck (Gone Girl), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Amy Adams (Arrival), Jason Momoa (Bullet to the Head), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and Ray Fisher.

This film was written by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio. The script has some good moments but doesn’t seem to succeed as a whole. Seemingly trying to shift the tone of the series, the script includes odd moments of attempted comedy. Additionally, the film provides vague introductions to some of the newer faces in the story. The dialogue is also inconsistent and seems to shift in tone throughout the movie, making the whole experience feel unbalanced. These issues are tough to overcome and there is little to love in this one. The film also features a pacing issue that makes it feel far too long. While there are some fun moments, this is another miss for the DC Extended Universe when it comes to the story.

The acting in this film generally fits in with the material. The performances from the main cast members are okay, but there isn’t anything special happening here. Affleck plays his role with a little less brooding this time around, which is a bit refreshing. Gadot is probably the real star of the film, bringing back a solid performance as Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, and Ezra Miller, and Amy Adams are all capable at best. The unknown Ray Fisher also doesn’t help to elevate the material. While it’s clear that the script didn’t enable the stars to do too much, none of them seemed to bring anything special with the opportunities they were given.

This is another comic book CGI extravaganza that has some awesome visuals and some not-so-awesome moments. The infamous mustache moments are a distraction that can’t be ignored. The film also suffers from the sense that a larger and better story might have landed on the cutting room floor. For fans of the series, this might be worth checking out. For anyone new to the DC Extended Universe, this might not be the place to start. Fans of the stars might enjoy this one, but otherwise I would not recommend this one to many. I give this one 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 Minutes


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