Is 'Justice League' a Kid-Friendly Movie?
Several of our favorite characters from the Justice League have found their way to live-action media over years, either on television shows like Batman, Smallville, or The Flash, or on the big screen in big blockbusters, or at least what should have been blockbusters (I'm looking at you, Green Lantern.) Unfortunately, while some of those television shows have sort of had Justice League team ups, we have only seen the true Justice League, with the Trinity leading them, in cartoon form.
So, Justice League is a must-see movie for fans of the heroes. Fortunately, it is worth watching, but some younger eyes and ears may not be ready for it quite yet.
Because it is a superhero movie, there is a lot of fighting and violence. Batman, whose only power is being rich, is seen to have bruises of battle, and Wonder Woman helps adjust his arm, which may make some squeamish.
The parademons can be very scary for younger children, and look like humanoid bugs. There are scenes where the creatures suddenly pop on the screen, as if they weren't scary enough.
There is some cursing, and only hints of sexual situations. The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action.
While Wonder Woman was an amazing movie on many levels, this movie's handling of the Amazons and the warrior herself were annoying. Amazons appeared to be wearing less clothes, and their armor did not seem as detailed. Then there were several scenes in which the camera was focused on Diana's rear. I got mad when, in her Wonder Woman armor, the camera was angled so the audience could see the curve of her bare cheek as she walked. Just walked.
On a postive note, this movie had what Batman v Superman was lacking. Anything that was confusing or odd was explained. The actors played their roles well, and their motives for eventually joining the team made sense. And it was fun, but not over-the-top fun.
The worst acting moment for me came from Ben Affleck. When he sees the last member of team join the fight, the look on his face was more fanboy-like than greatest detective-like. It should have been more of a knowing smirk than a look of complete glee.
For kids who know Cyborg from the Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go cartoons, this is a very different character, but the pay off does come. Victor Stone is fresh from the accident that gives him powers, and his behavior is more downtrodden. However, the pay off from Cyborg was my son's favorite moment.
The characters' personalities meld well for the dynamic, with Flash providing most of the humor as he should. There wasn't as much highlighting of different fighting styles, but one that stood out even in the trailers was Aquaman adjusting to fighting on land by looking like he was surfing on parademons.
I thought it was neat that the overall backstory was used to explain why Themyscira and Atlantis are isolated. Another neat feature was that the theme music from older Superman and Batman movie series was creatively included.
There is action spaced throughout the movie, which should be good for kids easily bored by talking scenes.
Children who regularly watch superhero movies should enjoy Justice League, but younger ones and those not used to the format may want to wait.
Note: You'll want to wait to see two special scenes—one mid-credits and the other post-credits.
- Batman/Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, is everyone's favorite Dark Knight.
- Wonder Woman/Diana, played by Gal Gadot, is the Amazon warrior princess.
- Flash/Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, is a young man who got speed powers as the result of an accident.
- Cyborg/Victor Stone, played by Ray Stone, is an intelligent athlete who gains powers after his father (played by Joe Morton) tries to save his life after an accident.
- Aquaman/Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, is an Atlantean who has been avoiding his role.
- Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, is a reporter who is the key for a situation.
- Steppenwolf, played by Ciaran Hinds, is back on Earth to collect boxes that will give him immense power.
- The death of Superman/Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill, is the cause for the resulting story.
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