Justice League Review

There are a crap-ton of bad reviews for Justice League. This ain’t one of ’em.

I’m 50.

I’ve waited all my life for a Justice League film, this was boyhood dreams come true time for yours truly. And haters of the film might well scoff. They might suggest that I am overwhelmed by the power of nostalgia and my life-long love of the characters. Well, haters can bite me. I enjoyed the hell out of the movie and here are seven reasons:

  1. Unlike last year’s terrible Batman vs Superman, a dark, overly melodramatic and entirely predictable enterprise that took itself far too seriously for anyone’s good, this film doesn’t. Like Thor Ragnarok, there is humor peppered throughout. Mostly carried by Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. Even Batman/Bruce Wayne didn’t have a stick up his ass.

2. There was minimal back story for the heroes because the movie assumes the public already knows the backstory of these icons of crime fighting.

3. It didn’t self-examine with existential questions about the hero place in the modern world.

4. Wonder Woman.

5. Exceptional action sequences. For a film that is chock-full of CGI it didn’t feel like the actors were playing out their roles in front of a green screen. It didn’t feel contrived. (Though Steppenwolf, I admit, is a dumb name for a villain and I would have liked it better had there been an actor in a costume instead of a CGI bad guy who makes your skin crawl thanks to uncanny valley.)

6. Boom Tubes. (I was half expecting Granny Goodness or Big Barda to appear. Perhaps in another film.)

7. The mention of Darkseid ensures us that he will be the primary villain to come in a yet to be named sequel.

This was a simple plot: bad stuff is coming. Unite some superheroes and kick the bad stuff to the curb. When I see a superhero movie, I’m there to see heroes kick bad guy ass. That’s it. That’s all. There was a significant amount of ass kicking.

Ezra Miller steals the show as an inexperienced superhero who has never really been in a real fight before. The mere fact that he spends a good portion of the film a bit gobsmacked to be in the presence of Batman and Wonder Woman was perfect. A new hero discovering his new powers. He was an enjoyable geek and I can’t wait to see the Flash movie now.

Jason Momoa’s Aquaman expresses sheer glee to crack skulls every chance he gets – that alone was worth the price of admission because I’ve never been a huge Aquaman fan. I always found the character a bit dry and preferred Sub-Mariner because his hate-on for humanity had him straddling the line between good and evil throughout his history. Momoa’s nautical hero is just plain fun.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is the best superhero in film today. She’s fearless, she’s fierce, she will @#$#% up your shit.

I wasn’t really enamored with Cyborg because he is a tragic character and he spent the first 40 mins of the move as an emo in a sweat suit. Batman was much lighter in this incarnation and I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Ben Affleck, but I do like him a lot as Batman.

For me. the entire film is just plain fun. I went with zero expectations and walked out grinning from ear to ear. 

That’s not to say the film is perfect: it’s not. But it pulls together some of the biggest stars in the DC universe and foreshadows a Hall of Justice, more Justice League heroes (hello Green Lantern. Also, can we have Plastic-Man? I love that guy.)

I liked it. My wife loved it. We geeked out for two hours and fully intend to go see it again.

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