Justice League (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds
Written By: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Directed By: Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Studio: Warner Bros
The movie that was designed to rock our socks off using DC superheroes ends up becoming quite mediocre and boring. If you are anticipating an Avengers design picture, you are likely to be quite disappointed.
The movie is all about Batman/Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) pursuit to gather some allies up and combine forces against a big evil that’s spreading around Gotham and the planet. He has a new sense of religion in people again and has been inspired with exactly what Superman (Henry Cavill) did in Batman V Superman. He enlists the Assistance of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) to take down Steppenwolf and his demons. Steppenwolf is a god of sortsand has returned and is now after his “mother boxes.” That type of seems gross once you consider it. The staff that Batman has assembled might not be able to perform the job to conquer Steppenwolf, so they have to look elsewhere for help.
I have not had much faith in almost any DC films since the Dark Knight trilogy. Since then, large part of the films done by Snyder & company have been this slow-mo, dark & gloomy, too CGI shitshows with boring stories, villains, and principal characters. Wonder Woman has been a fantastic flick up until the ending when it got too CGI-dependent. Whatever ground they gained with that movie, it has taken a step back with Justice League. This was presumed to be so good and bring these classic superheroes together and it was just…awful. The simple fact that they needed to CGI Henry Cavill’s mouth not to have a mustache was distracting to me personally. Everytime he was on screen, it took me from the scene.
An hour into the movie, I had no clue what the storyline was, who certain characters were, etc. Having the team come together felt un-organic and hurried. The protagonist was dumb, appeared dumb and felt like a bad man you see on level 3 of a movie game. At least with a few Marvel films, and even previous DC films back before Snyder shat all over the franchises, it is possible to see why the villains were doing anything. This was only yet another, “oh, so it is another take over the world or destroy it” plot. Yawn. I am just glad Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) wasn’t the major villain either because discussion to a miscast. Regrettably he shows up at the ending credits.
Ben Affleck because Batman was boring, and not memorable in any way. Even Gal Gadot and that which she had been given could have been improved as well. I still don’t even recall Cyborg’s name or how he came into the group. The only one with some character was The Flash, but even some of the things he was saying felt forced and only saying something funny to be humorous. Aquaman felt like Jason Momoa and his magical abilities to do things with water and also speak with a few animals. Allowed Aquaman is a tough character to bring about the screen, I am simply not sold on Jason as that character.
Are there any positives? It is difficult to think of some but I’ll try. I’d like the tiny film score references to previous scores for Batman and I believe a number of Superman. It would have been cool if they actually did the full motif for Batman and Superman. When Superman comes at the end to fight Steppenwolf, the motif would have left the scene better. I enjoyed the battle scene between Superman vs the other members of Justice League. Besides that, there’s really not much else I enjoyed about this. Usually I’ll be amused with most films, even if they are poor but I am not certain I could say exactly the identical thing for Justice League.
The Blu-Ray contains a lot of bonus stuff such as featurettes: the yield of Superman, about the Justice League and all leading up to this movie, scene research, Steppenwolf The Conqueror, Suit Up: The Look of the League and more. Each featurette is all about 10 minutes or more to the most part so there’s a good deal of things to see after you find the film. I enjoyed Some of the featurettes such as the tech of their superheroes, the only on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The costume design featurette is good too and I like seeing how they left all the suits to the throw. Of course there’s also a virtual HD signal include, that’s the standard for most films these days.
I am not certain what cut we got. Was this really Zack Snyder’s movie or Joss Whedon’s. It is likely both and probably why it did not work out also. You can tell it is pieces of pieces from both guys. Like Suicide Squad, this movie suffers with too many cooks in the kitchen and attempting to turn a part of crap into gold. It is simply not going to work and I really expect Warner Bros and DC choose to burn down everything and begin over. Give me DC films where things tend to be somewhat more grounded like in the Dark Knight trilogy and more practical outcomes. The ideal approach to use CGI is sporadically and just once you need to. Everything from the appearance of the movie all the way down to the acting suffers from it. I am convinced some DC fanboys will like this movie but I simply wasn’t a fan of it. This could have been really damn good but nope, it is not.
The Return of Superman
Road to Justice
Heart of Justice
Technology of the Justice League
Justice League: The New Heroes
Steppenwolf that the Conqueror
Suit Up: The Look of the League
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Bottom Line: DC Comics & Warner Bros, please reboot these pictures the appropriate manner!
Running Time: 120 mins