Monday, November 20, 2017

"Justice League" Course-Corrects the DC Cinematic Universe

FINALLY! DC and Warner Bros. have taken their super hero franchise by the reins and are steering it in a direction I feel I can get on board with. "Wonder Woman" was the start of something good as far as finding a tone and happy medium between the light and dark sides of their comic book world. "Justice League" successfully continues to build on that foundation with its mix of grimness when Batman is doing his thing, hope when Wonder Woman is on the scene, swagger when Aquaman takes the stage, and humor as The Flash buzzes around at lightspeed.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions in "Justice League."

The story for "Justice League" was simple enough and straight to the point. Basically, Batman puts the team together and then they all battle Steppenwolf. It's really that simple. After the long drawn-out "Batman v Superman: dawn of Justice," I'm absolutely fine with that.

I've heard complaints about the CGI in "Justice League," and really don't think it was too bad. I was definitely not distracted by it to a point where I couldn't concentrate and enjoy the movie. I've definitely seen worse (yeah, I'm looking at you, "Hobbit" trilogy). Some of the scenes of Steppenwolf could've been better, but nothing I would complain about.

The characters in "Justice League" finally reflect the source material they're based on to an extent. They're heading in the right direction. Let's just say the three main big guns act and resemble what they should. The new members of the team just need time to realize their full potential and settle into their own.

The rating of "Justice League" is PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. It also contains quite a bit of profanity and frightening and intense sequences. If you were okay with your younger viewers seeing "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," you have nothing to worry about here. I would compare it more to "Wonder Woman" as far as content is concerned.

"Justice League" puts the "joy" back into the enjoyment of comic book movies. The critics might be hating on it, but the exit polls and audience response speaks for itself. Is it going to win any Oscars? I would guess not. However, if you're looking for a popcorn-chomping escape from the doldrums of everyday life, "Justice League" will definitely fulfill that need.

Zack Snyder directed "Justice League" from a script and story by Chris Terrio ("Argo," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"), Zack Snyder, and Joss Whedon. It stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Irons. The running time is 120 minutes.

Rating: ✮✮✮

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