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Film Review | Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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After years of waiting, years of fans campaigning, it’s finally here. Zack Snyder’s Justice League was finally released after years of hype building to it. But the question remains, is it any good? The answer is quite simply a resounding YES. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not just good, it’s refreshing. To finally see a director have his vision realized with almost zero studio interference (We’ll get to that later), is incredible.

Let’s start with my few complaints about the film because while I loved it, there are a few things that personally I disliked. The first and most blatant was the overuse of the new remixed Wonder Woman theme. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great theme and its use in Diana’s introduction is wonderful. But after that, it plays literally every time we see Wonder Woman or an Amazon. It’s just too much. Other than that there were some scenes that I felt dragged on a bit, but weirdly that worked for the film. The seemingly mundane moments added to character relationships and made this universe feel more real.

Moving past my issues with Zack Snyder’s Justice League as a film, let’s talk about my issues with it as a DC fan. I have to say I disagree with the decision to make a Justice League film without a Green Lantern on the roster, and I have said that since the 2017 film was coming out. That being said, Zack did try and include a Green Lantern at the end of his film, my personal favorite character John Stewart. Unfortunately, the Studio ultimately refused to allow him to do so.

Moving past the negatives, let’s talk about the good because there is a lot of good in this film. The first thing it corrects is the biggest failure of the 2017 film, it makes us care about the characters. The 2017 film gave us almost no background on the three new characters it was introducing (Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman) and barely developed them throughout the film. In Zack Snyder’s Justice League all of them have backstories, development, and distinct personalities. Cyborg specifically got really screwed by the 2017 cut. He was relegated to the background and got no meaningful material to work with. In this film, however, he gets the most backstory and Ray Fisher delivers an incredible performance.

Now let’s talk about the visuals because visually this film makes Joss Whedon’s version feel like a bad parody film. Almost every shot is beautiful and the entire film has a mythological feeling to it. Steppenwolf’s design is perhaps the most obvious upgrade from the theatrical cut, as he looks menacing and captivating.

The story itself is also incredible. For a 4 hour film it doesn’t feel dragged out at all and it keeps you engaged. Steppenwolf is an interesting villain and his relationship with DeSaad and Darkseid is nuanced and intriguing. The setup works very well as we see the league come together in a way that makes sense. The Justice League feels like they really become a team and all the individual relationships work very well together. The final act is just amazing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Flash time-traveling feels like a truly epic moment as it should. The stakes of this film also feel very high. Cyborg’s father Silas Stone dying really helps to make the conflict have weight. 

The film also does a masterful job of having a satisfying ending while getting you excited for what’s to come next (Or at least would have come next). Darkseid seems like a truly menacing threat and is interwoven into the story beautifully. The Knightmare scene is truly masterful and makes you want to see more of both that world and of this Joker and Batman. The ending Martian Manhunter scene is a great way to set up the sequel film and give the fans an awesome moment. Overall this film is any DC fan’s dream and an epic story for non comic fans. It is really up there with the greatest Comic Book films ever.

Joseph’s Rating: 9.7/10

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