Director: Zack Snyder
Quick question, why do you go the movies? Why does anyone go to the movies? I bet some, many or perhaps all of you think that there are simply too many reasons to be able to give any definitive answer to that question. I disagree, I think people are split between two camps. You have film lovers, people who see the art in a movie, people who will watch anything as long as it’s good and worth the time. Perhaps a film lover will be loyal to a genre, but I believe if you are a real film lover, you’ll watch any genre if it’s worth it. The other camp is actually the largest camp. That camp contains people who will only go to see a movie for a very specific reason. Perhaps you love anything directed by Christopher Nolan or Spielberg. Maybe you can’t get yourself enough of Tom Cruise or some other star, or perhaps you’re genre nut, you’ll see ANY horror movie, action movie or superhero come hell or high water. I think MOST people fall into only one camp, but there are many I’m sure that can go back and forth for the right occasion. Me? Well, I am a film lover, shit I made a website and created a podcast dedicated to them. But I’ll be real, there are movies that I will purchase my tickets for months before they come out, so sometimes I am a camp jumper. Superhero movies and Star Wars, I can’t help myself, I love them….well most. Tonight I saw a movie I have long been waiting for, tonight I saw my favorite superheroes grace the screen, tonight I saw Justice League.
Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead and buried, however, danger never lies dormant for long. The streets are riddled with rumors of mysterious creatures up to nefarious plots, it soon becomes evident that these creatures are only the prologue to the real evil coming to Earth. Aware of what is happening Batman (Ben Affleck) must seek out the world’s greatest warriors and form a team capable of defending the planet from danger not even he can fathom. Can justice be served?
Dang, I wrote that synopsis up like a G, almost want to watch the movie again…..almost. Ok, so I have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news, get the nastiness out of the way and then I’ll give you the goodness to wash away that bad taste. This isn’t a very good movie. I was hoping, nay, I was praying the film would be more Joss Whedon and less Zack Snyder. I hoped that Warner Brothers would find a way to fix the cluster-F they created by giving that cluts the keys to the kingdom. But alas movie maniacs….. This was not to be. Whedon is felt in the film, whenever there was extensive dialogue, that’s Whedon, whenever you feel a nice crisp edit…. Oh yeah, that’s ya boy. Soundtrack? Danny Elfman, which was glorious, thank Whedon…. I seriously sound like I am describing Santa Claus. All kidding aside, you can feel the Whedon effect, you can tell what scenes he did. Don’t believe me? There are three scenes that I am willing to be my car on that were directed by Snyder. How can I tell? Because the dialogue bordered on moronic, it is that obvious. All the action scenes, clearly Snyder, the villain 100% Snyder. There was too much Snyder and it basically doomed the overall movie. Not only did the film have these problems, but it was reported that a Warner Brothers CEO mandated the movie be only 2 hours in length and holy shit is it obvious. The film dashes to the end credits like no one’s business. Don’t know who Aquaman is? Cyborg? Flash? Tough shits, you won’t know by the end of the film either, there is ZERO explanation for ANY of those characters including the villain. And kids, let me tell you, the main villain is probably the worst villain you’ll see on screen this year or any year afterwards. IF you are a comic book fan, congrats, you’ll like it. But as I’ve said many times on the podcast, comic book fans are niche, if you want to make money, you had better F-ing include the rest of mankind, which I think they failed to do here.
Good news. There is good news here folks, don’t fret. This movie is much, much better than Batman V Superman, I mean MUCH better. The characters are treated well, the source material is clearly respected, the potential is there. IF they would’ve made this a movie instead of mashing in 4 bad origin stories and a shitty villain, it would’ve been good. The cast was actually good, I was seriously worried about Jason Mamoa and Ezra Miller. Mamoa isn’t spectacular, don’t get me wrong, but he does well. I can say with confidence, that I truly believe that moving forward, sans Snyder, the DC movies will be better. That folks, is damn good news.
The main issue is the film has nothing to rely on. With no origin stories, we don’t know the characters and that is a major unavoidable problem, I mean why should I care about Cyborg? I have nothing invested in his character, zilch. When I say this I am speaking on behalf of those who don’t know the comics or grew up with the cartoons. This is the issue with creating a universe of movies, if the last one was shit, then the next one or two or even three movies will suffer trying to correct the continuity. Additionally, as Snyder has done already, some Directors will not bother trying to explain certain things because, “Hey, I’ll fill them in when the next film comes out.” So even though this film isn’t trash, it is immensely affected by the films that came before it and in a way the future film that will never be. And no, before you even think it, Wonder Woman was a flashback origin movie that took place outside of the events of Suicide Squad, BVS and Man of Steel, so for all intents and purposes, that movie doesn’t count in terms of continuity here.
So, should you see it? Well, what camp are you in? If you like film, skip it, no questions asked. If you have to see your heroes on screen, keep your expectations in check and I think you’ll be overall ok with the final product.