‘Justice League’ heroically fails

G oing into “Justice League,” I set my bar lower than I’ve ever set any of my previous movie expectations.

Beforehand, I certainly felt that at least “Justice League” couldn’t reach as low as “Batman vs Superman.” Thankfully I was right. It was definitely more watchable, which is assuming your standards are just plainly watchable. If not, there are plenty of reasons why this film crashed before it even lifted off.

Let’s start with the most simple component an action movie must have: special effects. Overall, the movie had standard slow motion sequences and cliche fight scenes on a roof, things that are basically required for a superhero movie. The problem is how those scenes looked aesthetically. Gotham City was very obviously created with a green screen and Themyscira, the island of the Amazon women, looked completely different than it did in “Wonder Woman.” It didn’t help that the majority of the dialogue was masked by loud and typical superhero music.

Another major detail that “Justice League” couldn’t seem to get right was the plot. Scenes lacked transitions and there was no explanation to the characters’ thought processes and decisions. The antagonist, Steppenwolf, seemed out of place and I didn’t even know his name until I left the theater since the abundance of different accents in the whole movie masked the pronunciation of his name.

Speaking of the characters, the introductions were lengthy and unoriginal. Three new characters had to be explained within the movie, which is technically doable since Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” had done the same with Spider Man and the Black Panther. However, it took until the end of the first major fight for me to catch on to the origin of the new characters.

This movie does have positive attributes though. Gal Gadot’s depiction of Wonder Woman was consistent with her first movie, a fierce and powerful woman in the midst of a male cast. Her scenes  almost embody the same passion that Patty Jenkins gave Wonder Woman. Newcomer Ezra Miller brings a new feeling of brightness in the midst of dark scenes. Miller mirrors Barry Allen’s awkwardness and unintentional humor, making the it one of the only times the audience laughed.

Perhaps director Zack Snyder was aiming for a dark and cryptic vibe intentionally. Unfortunately, the movie only provided a feeling of “cool,” rather than “wow” or even “interesting.” If they were going for that, then congratulations, it worked.

Personally, this movie wasn’t worth my attention of two hours and a $13 ticket. Though there were times where I found myself entranced by the slow motion and laughing at Miller’s performance as the Flash, I realized I was more confused than anything.

Spend your holidays watching something that is more thought provoking and, frankly, interesting, because if you’re looking for these things, “Justice League” is not the way to go.

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