• Melissa Kartini

Movie Review: Justice League

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

After Superman’s (Henry Cavill) demise, Earth is left vulnerable to the invasion of unwelcome alien critters. This is highlighted when the film opens with Batman’s (Ben Affleck) efforts to capture one of these fear-feeding aliens during the world’s state of mourning for Superman.

Fast-forward and we cotton on to the fact that Batman plans to assemble a group of ragtag superheroes to save the world from these invaders. This is where the story truly begins.

Said team will ultimately (for the first portion of the movie) consist of Batman, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Out of all of these, we’re already fairly familiar with Batman and Wonder Woman, thanks to the release of their solo films prior to Justice League.

As for the rest, Justice League serves as an introduction to their characters, with just a glimmer of backstory in the trim two-hour film.

The Flash’s backstory is the most solid of the three, offering a more personal glimpse of his past and present life without coming across as too heavy or obnoxious. Aquaman’s case is more of a touch-and-go kind of deal, while Cyborg’s lack of a backstory leaves him a bit two-dimensional. This slight in storytelling is not aided in any way by the time constraints.

That being said, the cast does play well together. Miller’s The Flash offers all the loving charm and humour in the film, though they do at times seem misplaced due to the film’s more somber atmosphere. Momoa’s Aquaman is badass enough to leave you wanting more, and Gadot’s Wonder Woman? She’s as flawless as usual. She drives the seriousness of the story home, lending gravitas where the rest of the cast cannot.

Thankfully enough, the plot is not difficult to follow. The entire story in a nutshell is that the group has to stop the main villain, Steppenwolf, from getting his hands on the “Mother Boxes” that are hidden away on their planet. Failure to do so would mean the destruction of their world as they know it, which would then be replaced by Steppenwolf’s crystallised home.

Unfortunately, while the film isn’t without its merits, it could certainly benefit greatly from a bit more direction. There is a sense that the creators tried to cram as much as they possibly could into the film without first considering the most organic way to allow both the characters and the plot to properly develop. The Amazonian battle, Wonder Woman, the Flash and (on a smaller note) the Flash’s amusing friendship with Superman can only do so much for Justice League.

At least that’s what we at Nuffnang think! What about you? What do you think about the movie? Let us know in the Comments section below!

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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