Justice League 3D

Justice League 3D

(2017)

Director Zack Snyder, with the support of Joss Whedon, follows up Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with this superhero ensemble film featuring DC's finest. Henry Cavill returns as Superman, as does Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. They are joined by Aquaman (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones) The Flash (Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Cyborg (newcomer Ray Fisher). Fueled by Superman's selfless act at the conclusion of Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne enlists earth's mightiest to face an even greater enemy.

Flicks Review

Justice League? More like Justice Beleaguered amirite. The DC Extended Universe finally have their own Avengers to play with, but it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back for the franchise. Earlier this year, Wonder Woman delivered a satisfying, emotionally stirring superhero outing that could match the high-flying consistency of Marvel’s efforts (by DC’s patchy standards anyway). By contrast, this expedited team-up is a colossal, garish shambles that offers minor relief by being a smidgen less painful than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.... More

It’s an awkward mix: Zack Snyder’s leaden, ostentatious bombast and Joss Whedon’s nimble japery. But considering how oppressive the former’s DCEU films have been, the latter’s contributions are definitely not unappreciated (the competitive ribbing between the Flash and a teammate is among Justice League’s brightest moments).

Ultimately this assembly of superheroes just doesn’t land with the same kind of rapturous pay-off we experienced with The Avengers. The new additions — Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg, all previously teased in Batman v Superman with some of the most clunkily shoehorned exposition in recent memory — feel more like two-dimensional supporting players rather than characters we’ve been warmly acquainted with over time.

The plot is thankfully streamlined, but yet another dull rehash of comic book movie tropes: abstract artifacts harnessing apocalyptic energy, blue columns of light beaming into the sky and swarms of hive-minded demons at the bidding of a god-like, ancient, supervillain. It’s all packaged in smeary, money-can-buy CG excess that might have found a way to hide Henry Cavill’s moustache but not instill Ben Affleck with a pulse. Justice is served, and Batman is fucking bored.Hide


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So, ok - it's not as bad as Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad. Which is something.

Sort of ok, it's a bit of a mess, and it's obvious there's been a whole heap of studio interference to gild this turd. Scenes appear and disappear with little sense, threads are forgotten, characters say or do stuff that's never paid off, and some of those crazy bits in Dawn of Justice go unawnsered (remember Flash appearing to Batman with a crazed warning from the future? Or Batman's dreams of a dystopian future... More Earth? No? Well nor does Justice League...)

The generic superhero teamup movie plot and Joss Whedon's involvement as "co" director (after Zack Snyder left mid post-production due to family tragedy), makes this seem more a pale copy of The Avengers than its own distinct DC team-up.

With some horrible CGI and garish colouring, it's also a bit of an eyesore, seemingly edited by a teenager with little editing experience and a bad case of ADHD

A big meh really. If we don't count Nolan's Dark Knight movies, then Wonder Woman keeps the title of best recent DC movie (aside from its messy third act and dire villain), with Man of Steel a distant second, and Justice League limping into third place.

Big, brash and not without a few fun bits, especially if you savour the look of an Affleck who clearly doesn't want to be the Caped Crusader anymore and has half an eye on the exit door.

So, all up? Better than banging a rusty nail into your left eye, eh? ;)

Oh and - SPOILER:
Really? You thought Superman was dead? Honestly? I mean, he's in the trailers!

In 3D? Well, like Dawn of Justice, 3D just makes the mess even more horrible I'm sorry to say. Basically, if it's only mediocre in 2 dimensions, it ain't gonna get better in 3...Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Ben Affleck’s unconvincing Batman deadens the long-awaited DC adventure as superheroes team up to save planet Earth from destruction, but not boredom. Full Review

  • As a piece of product, “Justice League” is “superior” to “Batman v Superman,” but it’s also about as close to generic as a sharp-witted high-octane comic-book movie can get. Full Review

  • ...sure, Justice League is better than Batman v Superman, but that doesn’t make it good. Full Review

  • DC is deservedly back in the game. Full Review

  • DC's trademark darkness [gives] way to a brand of sentimental uplift that Snyder, Whedon and company apparently see as necessary in our own dark times. Full Review

  • This hodgepodge throws a bunch of superheroes into a mix that neither congeals nor particularly makes you want to see more of them in future. Plainly put, it's simply not fun. Full Review

  • Even Justice League's jaunty, cavorting orchestral score, supplied by Tim Burton's old foil Danny Elfman, harks back to a better time, when "Why so serious?" wasn't the rule. The pendulum swings. Full Review

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