I rated Justice League (2017) 5/10 #IMDb

Oh dear. It’s very long. It’s not very engaging. It has some made for TV FX. It has a lame rabbit-from-the-hat ending. And it just doesn’t seem very original, very challenging, or very convincing.

It is though better than batman vs superman.

Of all the characters Wonder Woman shines out as being the most authentic and convincing. Gal Gadot does a great job. The other convincing character, oddly, was the flash. Out of his depth, suffering hero worship, and still coming to terms with his abilities he’s funny, effective, and, again, authentic.

Bruce Wayne isn’t bad but it’s a very cardboard character here. Cyborg? Well, he does a better character job than batman but he lacks something. Aquaman is amusing but there’s not much to him. And his littering the ocean with whiskey bottles is out of place in 2017.

‘Steppen Wolf’ and his flying vampire zombie skeletons is a joke. There’s no real menace or fear created by what should be a terrifying foe. Though being saddled with a repeated explanation and origin story doesn’t help him.

The whole film is riddled with the kind of pompous drivel for dialog that made comic movies so bad in the past. The dialog towers above the underlying plot devices in terms of quality though. The unity blah blah blah. Three mother boxes blah blah blah. Divided between the Amazons, Atlanteans, and ‘man’. Albeit man chooses to bury their ‘mother box’ in a shallow grave in the woods. The amount of exposition on the back story was just intolerable. Especially as it made little sense and didn’t really help the plot much.

Poor Alfred. Not only dressed in some dodgy army surplus gear but also relegated to a few ancillary scenes. A waste of a good character and a fine actor.

As for the Superman resurrection stuff. Well. Superman being invincible is bad enough but raised from the dead by magic mother boxes connected in ‘the unity’? Drivel.

This is a dire movie which is only redeemed by the boldness of Wonder Woman and the wise cracks of the flash. The rest is just very very disappointing given how good some recent superhero movies have been.

Only see this if you’re a DC completist or need an overly long soporific. I hope there are no more movies like this coming from the DC stable. The only thing that can save them would be a Wonder Woman 2 to match the quality of the last one.

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Author: prettygreenparrot

I go to the movies now and again. I take a few photos here and there and play with them a bit in Adobe Lightroom.

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