“The DC Extended Universe is back….bigger and brighter!”
Patrick King, REEL BRIEF
Although “Justice League” failed to break the $100 million mark in U.S. ticket sales last weekend, this latest DC Extended Universe’s action feature did achieve its longer-lasting goal: Reestablish Warner Bros. and DC Comics back on their feet in the superhero movie death match against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After 2016’s disastrous “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, that’s no small feat for director Zack Snyder to overcome.
I was surprised at just how good “Justice League” was and its wildly entertaining introduction of new comic book characters. The movie also cleverly expands our knowledge of the other action heroes as they form a bond to save the world. It’s a humorous trek throughout with quick one-liners and inflatable egos. And that Lasso of Truth tells us all we need to know!
This plotline moves quickly, but deliberately, coming in at just under 2 hours—minus the two bonus scenes after the post-film credits. Whereas past DC adventures seemed to dwell on the villain for far too long, this narrative mostly sidesteps the evil Steppenwolf history and the formidable New Gods. Instead, “Justice League” focuses on our newest action figure additions and delivering laughs within the newly formed group of crime-fighters.
Excellent casting abounds all-around: Jason Momoa is edgy as Aquaman and Ezra Miller delivers a youthful exuberance, a la “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, as The Flash. Newcomer Cyborg (Ray Fisher) is also very effective to the overall story. Diane Lane and Amy Adams return along with a star-studded ensemble that includes Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Robin Wright, and a brief appearance by Jesse Eisenberg.
Gal Gadot once again delivers a mega-blockbuster in 2017 as Wonder Woman. Make no mistake, Gadot drives “Justice League” from start to finish. Even awkward, extended scenes of a shirtless male superhero is offset by gratuitous shots of Diana Prince wearing sexy leather pants. Talk about justice.
The best compliment that can be bestowed upon “Justice League” is that it summarily cleans up and improves last year’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” by tying up loose ends and giving us closure. Additionally, the film miraculously discards the darker cinematography found in more recent DC adventures and injects brighter lit scenes that help viewers catch every moving part on the set.
“Justice League” reminds me of the successful ingredients found in the Marvel editions since Iron Man ten years ago…excellent leading characters, humorous camaraderie shared between superheroes, and a laser focus on new character superpowers. Combined, they make this DC Extended Universe theater experience the best we’ve seen in years!
“Justice League” is rated PG-13. Its running time is 1 hour and 50 minutes, not including two post-credit bonus scenes.
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