Justice League: Thin and Predictable Plot Makes the Movie Less Intriguing
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League shares a love hate relationship with fans. The movie is a must watch for DC fans but can be avoided if you are in search of a good plotline with twists and turns. Justice League is a movie with a linear plot line and sometimes you feel it’s too linear to be even considered a superhero movie. But the movie has a freshness attached to it. Zack Snyder’s earlier stints didn’t go down well with the audience, both Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman were terrible disappointments. Justice League has broken the curse of bad movies for Zack Snyder. The movie doesn’t entirely adopt the gloomy state of affairs but shows optimism and talks of hope, thus establishing itself as a solid superhero movie.
The story as we know is about the formation of the league of super heroes. Unlike Marvel, DC doesn’t have a familiar character line-up. Marvel’s heroes have a long-established list of individual movies, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man Series has resulted to a successful Avenger initiative. But DC has just shown a glimpse of Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) in it’s last unsuccessful franchise Batman vs Superman. The only established character in this movie along with Batman (Ben Affleck) is Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
The first half of the movie shapes the characters. Batman and Wonder Woman are introduced through different fight sequence. And the duo then convinces others to join the team stating the imminent catastrophe from a CGI villain voiced by Ciaran Hands – Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf’s aim in life is simple lay waste to Earth, demolish whoever tries to be an impediment and make it like his planet with the help of three Mother Boxes that contain power. Steppenwolf gets his first box from Amazon Warriors, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) tries fighting but Steppenwolf overpowers her and other Amazon warriors. The second fight brings Aquaman and Steppenwolf in direct confrontation, the Atlanteans were entrusted with the task of protecting the second box. We see Mera (Amber Heard) as the Atlantean guarding the box.
Just before the interval there’s a fight between Steppenwolf and the League, where Aquaman joins in the end. The entry of Aquaman with the trident to stop Gotham from flooding reminds of Wonder Woman’s entry in Batman v Superman. Threatened by Steppenwolf’s power they plan to use the third Mother Box to bring back Superman (Henry Cavill).
The movie has a lot of things that are liked and disliked. The heroes of the movie, the vibrant positivity that the movie brings and Superman! The action sequences are worth your buck. The post credit scenes give rise to a lot of new of interesting stuff for future DCEU movues. J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred aren’t utilised to their full potential, they have been given very limited roles and dialogues. Technically speaking the CGI is bad. Period. The villain is too predictable and not that menacing. This movie is for DCEU fans and if you’re one, this will give you something to smile about.