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Justice League review: Suffers from Super Heroes' fatigue

It is an ensemble of poorly built characters who band together to stop the villain from annihilating the world.

Source: IANS

By: IANS

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 17 November 2017

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Justice League review: Suffers from Super Heroes' fatigue

Director

Zack Snyder

Star Cast

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen,Ingvar Sigurdsson, David Thewlis, Sergi Constance

The much awaited Justice League, based on DC Characters, suffers from "Super Heroes" fatigue. Compared to other Super Hero films, it is better by default yet is disappointing to a point. The film lacks chutzpah and character. It is an ensemble of poorly built characters who band together to stop the villain from annihilating the world.

The narrative begins months after the death of Superman with a racy song with the lyrics, "Everybody knows". It ignites the viewing spirit and delivers the right punch for the tale to begin.

Inexplicably Batman is travelling the world and assembling a team of specific candidates to combat an oncoming alien adversary -- Steppenwolf and his army of flying-demons. Steppenwolf, the cosmic Big Bad, is looking for three special boxes, a.k.a. mother boxes, to destroy the world. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) helps Batman convince the half-man-half-machine hybrid Cyborg (Ray Fisher), underwater dweller Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and the hyperactive speedster Flash (Ezra Miller) to join a league of sorts to thwart Steppenwolf.

The plot is convoluted and aggressively bland with the central conflict seeming extremely contrived. The only significant plot turn is the resurrection of Superman. Otherwise, the writing is lazily formulaic and unmemorable.

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The draw of this film is its mythical heroes. But these characters are so poorly developed that we rarely feel any sense of awe or reverence towards them. And their dialogues are ordinary run-of-the-mill stuff.

While the chemistry between the characters abound, they seem jaded and lack energy, especially that of Batman and Superman. Wonder Woman has her moments of onscreen glory, starting from the initial bank robbery where she saves the hostages.

It is the new lot that show some degree of promise. Aquaman is a gruff, shaggy, tattooed loner embodied by Jason Momoa. He is charismatic as the wild man who can survive under water and his performance works better than the character. Ray Fisher is less affecting as Cyborg who can open any locked device or technological obstacle.

Ezra Miller as Flash is the best part of the film by default. He perks his performance with stars-in-his-eyes and an ecstatic humane touch that makes him likeable. His is the only character with anything resembling an arc. His interaction with his dad at the prison and then getting a job are the best examples of a character arc in the film.

As for the antagonist, the 12-foot-tall computer generated Steppenwolf, voiced by Cirian Hinds, lacks a personality and is thus a severe liability. He seems like a demigod picked up from some ancient video game. His entire character design is anything but appealing.

The action sequences accompanied by the heavy-duty background score are just as lacklustre as the rest of the film. There is nothing that is different in the third act nor does the climax require them to do anything different, so the League's victory as a team feels perfunctory and arbitrary.

On the technical front, the film is stylistically mounted with an exception of some computer generated images which seem incomplete and unpolished.

Overall, the film is not bad but it is definitely tedious to watch.

Justice League review: 2 1/2 stars

Reactions from Social Media:
Kunal‏ @kunalstark1

She - We cant get along together.
He - Kyu DC and Rotten tomatoes ho kya ?
#JusticeLeague

Traveling Sergio‏ @selizoni
Injustice on #Justice League. Critics keep bashing DC movies even when they are legitimately fun. Newsflash to critics: there is no such thing as a perfect movie! Stop your nonsense and sensationalism and be objective. Same flaws exist in other movies you love.

#WonderGal‏ @amazonheroicon
#JusticeLeague perfectly capped off Zack's Superman trilogy. There are some minor flaws. But they are not that relevant. You will not be disappointed. As a matter fact, you will leave the theater wanting more.

Allie Brooks‏ @SuperHiveDC
Just left #justiceleague!! Loved it!! People cheering in the theater

roby‏ @iamthatroby
There's a shot in #JUSTICELEAGUE's second post credit scene that is so gorgeous, badass and epic.
Super obvious Snyder shot that one.

Julien‏ @Yup_Im_Fat
Just saw #JusticeLeague & it was exactly what I expected: GREATNESS! A few hiccups here & there, but the great clearly outweighs that. My theater was insane. We all lost our fucking minds when that last credit scene was shown. Seriously guys, I screamed. I fucking screamed!

Billy Business‏ @billyapatterson
I had a BLAST with #JusticeLeague...it doesn’t make a lick of sense but I was smiling ear to ear the entire time. A lot of criticisms (that are valid) that people have with it just didn’t bother me at all.

Greg Miller‏ @GameOverGreggy
I don’t want to talk to anyone about #justiceleague.
I don’t want anyone to ruin the moment.
This movie ends with these characters where they should be — where they should’ve always been.
I just want to have that be my lasting memory and keep smiling.

Tom Cruz‏ @Tcrunkness
If you’ve ever watched an episode of the Justice League cartoon and wanted to see it as a movie, you are going to be thrilled with the #JusticeLeague

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