By Mark Alcasabas (Philippines)

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL – Well, not really, as the movie only did 75% justice to our premiere league of superheroes but that’s not a bad thing, at least for me.

The Justice League movie has finally found its way to the silver screen and of course, I just had to see it immediately (even if that means sacrificing eight hours of sleep). And my apologies in advance for the long post but I just had to do this *SPOILER-FREE* review. Still, read at your own risk as I might have accidentally slipped some spoilers. Anyway, here it goes.

The Good:

We get to see the Justice League unite for the first time, obviously, and for that alone, I already got my money’s worth. Because come on, let’s be honest, it’s the Justice League and whether the movie is good or bad, you will still enjoy it. To paraphrase Sheldon Cooper, it’s a comic book movie. Like pizza or particle accelerators, even the stinky ones, still pretty good.

DC has always been known for its animated movies, i.e. The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War and if you like those movies, you’ll definitely like this live action version because it is just like that, as evident by the red skies in the trailer. You’ll appreciate the fact that the studio didn’t try to humanize and tone down our favorite superheroes but instead they went all out with the colors, the exhibition of powers – from Cyborg’s interface to Aquaman’s underwater scenes. This is one of the reasons why you can never really compare The Avengers and the Justice League. The MCU opted for a more human, reality-bound approach while the DCEU chose to go the other way. It’s kind of neat that we get the best of both worlds, so why keep comparing them?

The casts played their parts well. They all portrayed their characters brilliantly (I’m not going to make this post about who portrayed The Flash better, Grant or Ezra, so move along) but the standout here is of course, Gal Gadot. Wonder Gal is perfect, as always. She continues to embody the true character of Wonder Woman. It’s safe to say that the whole franchise will probably fail in case Gal decides to step down, so take care of her!

And thank Rao, there’s less of Lois Lane in this movie (Sorry, Amy Adams). She’s essential to the story, true, but fortunately, she didn’t have a side quest of her own. I guess they learned from BvS.

The Mediocre:

I think this is a problem for all comic book movies: establishing a good villain. Steppenwolf is not bad, per se, but his character could have benefited from a more detailed background. But his presence and threat united the league so that’s good enough for me.

Whedon’s touch is evident at times. The witty banters, the jokes, but it’s something I can probably live without.

The Bad:

DCEU’s problem have always been their buildup and foresight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the Justice League movie but I think DCEU is still a li’l bit premature for them to pull this off. We’re only four movies in, one of which is completely unrelated, which made it hard to build anticipation.

For some reason, I felt like Batman was underutilized in this film which is big letdown for me. This is not a judgment on Batfleck’s portrayal but rather on how he was used in the story. Yes, he formed the league, but after that he was completely overlooked. Or maybe it’s because he was surrounded by super-powered individuals. It’s hard to focus on him when he’s put together with the other members of the league.

My biggest problem with this movie is the musical scoring. It’s anti-climactic and it sounds all the same except for Wonder Woman’s theme. We need more badass scoring to perfectly compliment all the ass-kicking scenes.

The Bottomline:

Go see it. You’ll regret it if you don’t. You owe it to the child in you. Yes, the movie has its issues but almost all movies have issues. Despite its problems, Justice League is very enjoyable to watch. After the fiasco that is BvS, Justice League is a step towards the right direction.

That’s all I can say without spoiling the whole movie. Just a tip, keep your eyes open at all times.

P.S. There are two post-credit scenes. Stay until the end. You might freeze to death or suffer a stroke if you leave early.

Rating: 3/5

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