Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
Justice League brings together Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman as they go up against a powerful foe with an endless army. When the odds are stacked against them, they take a risky chance in the hopes of bringing back the one person who can save the world: Superman.
Before I get into my review, I want to take a moment to offer my sympathies to former director Zack Snyder, who tragically lost his daughter to suicide. He stepped away from the film and Joss Whedon stepped in for him. Thank you, Zack, for the work you've put into the DCEU and I hope you can find peace in your heart and mind.
Now, on to my review. Justice League was a fun film that everyone can enjoy. The younger kids may not understand the science-y stuff but they'll certainly love seeing their heroes finally uniting. Comic fans will be satisfied as well. The film had a ton of heart and made the characters relatable in different ways.
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The one issue I had isn't necessarily this films's fault, but just how DC has decided to set up its universe. The only backstories we've gotten is Superman and Wonder Woman and kind of Batman. Sure the other heroes had cameos in Batman v Superman but if you blinked you missed it. DC should have taken a page out of Marvel's book and taken their time with their universe, giving each character their own solo films before uniting them. It just seemed like a lot of ground to cover in just 2 hours time. DC was able to pull it off thankfully.
I have read a lot of people saying the directing change was obvious and clunky but I did not share that opinion. To me, the film flowed smoothly and each scene fit perfectly. There wasn't an overload of humor which was good but it could have gotten away with a little more than it did.
The villain sadly wasn't all that impressive. Steppenwolf had an intense backstory and was definitely threatening for a while but the final battle was really anti-climactic. It's like only eating tofu. You get just enough to get by but you're not 100% satisfied.
In conclusion, overall, I had a blast at the theater and I was impressed with the newcomers. Ezra Miller was fantastic as The Flash and stole most of the funny moments. Jason Momoa dominated as Aquaman, finally ridding the character of the joke he's been for the past half-a-century. Ray Fisher was a good Cyborg and made the character interesting. There is an awesome cameo featuring the Green Lanterns so maybe just maybe we'll see the Green Lantern Corp soon. Make sure you stick around for the two (yes, two) credit sequences. The first is mostly just for fun but the second sets up future films and really got me excited for what's to come. I give Justice League a 3 out of 4.
© 2017 Nathan Jasper