Friday, November 17, 2017

MOVIE | JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) - SPOILER REVIEW


Okay, where to begin? 

Well, I'm just gonna say it. I don't necessarily hate this movie, but clearly, this is not what I hope Justice League would be, if I had any hopes.

DCEU had lost my attention since Suicide Squad (2016), because... oh gosh I don't even want to talk about it anymore. Then Wonder Woman (2017) came out and it was really good, gotta say it saved me from completely leave DC. So of course, I'm excited to see bunch of DC superhero trying to save the world. 

Justice League is a turn off, for me. Again. 

How so? 

I will mention some spoilers here so if you haven't watched the movie yet, you may want to close and come back some other times. However, it you didn't mind or didn't care with spoilers, then... read more ;)

Takes time after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), the movie starts with Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) seems to continue what he likes to do, saving Gotham from bad guys. The first scene is actually really got me and I was so freakin' ready to say "welcome back, DC" but then here we go again. Such a major turn off in terms of transition from one scene to another. I don't buy why all of the sudden, this movie wants to show us there's more on the relationship between Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Bruce. I don't see why it's necessary when it's supposed to be more than that, like for example, unite the league?

The whole story idea is actually pretty cool and dark - there's a flash of Nolan's vibes in it, just in a second, but the movie doesn't do the story justice. One scene, it's all about Bruce and Diana trying to bring super people together then suddenly, we kinda force to see Lois Lane (Amy Adams) still mourning of her loss? At this point, I feel like the movie forced the characters to fit in, old and new characters but with this way it didn't work. I don't hate the actors who playing in, I mean, I love each of them, it's a waste of talent, but the characters and story justice? nope.


This movie brings few new characters and of course, hint to the bigger project in the future but the introduction is somehow not working. It feels like in a rush. The portrayal of Barry Allen/ Flash (Ezra Miller) is on point. The innocent, the vulnerability, Ezra Miller is everything I want to be for Barry Allen. Flash is one of amazing characters, but in this movie, we didn't really see much of him, well, everyone else's honestly. Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg is great, but the background story is a bit off, like, his part in this league is no more than just a guy who knows everything because he built from the stone.

One of my most disappointments in this movie is the role of Aquaman. Jason Momoa is an amazing choice to be this powerful character, the physicality and personal character of Momoa and Arthur Curry is perfectly combined but the movie didn't do his role justice. We never knew about his background story, not even a bit. I don't see at least one great action scene for him alone to prove how great and how dangerous he is. It's really a shame. I was hoping to see more of Aquaman, but what I see is just he becomes that one friend who offers to help and doing not much.

Talking about talents... Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons are in this movie. Jeremy Irons is back as Alfred and truly, he's a great Alfred but there's an imbalance between the actual character and the character in this movie. I mean, how on Earth Alfred becomes extremely untraditional by making Dad's jokes and said fuck? Then comes Commissioner Gordon, played by J.K. Simmons who is undoubtedly great actor. He's really great, the wise Gordon and all, but why makes him to be Gary Oldman? Is it necessary? If so, WHY?

There are so much inconsistency in this movie. Out of nowhere we learn there are three magical boxes called Mother which happened to be too powerful for its own good, and being protected under greatest guards you could possibly imagine and of course, hidden. One is under guard of Atlantis, Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard) who called herself as Queen of Atlantis. I honestly didn't understand her role at all. Who is she? Aquaman's wife? Aquaman's friend? Aquaman's enemy? And the Atlantis turns out to be very easy to attack too. The second box is under protection of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) in Themyscira, as always, the warrior of Amazon is undoubtedly amazing as protector and fighter, but the action sequences is too short, it feels so rushed to be finished. The third box is on earth, no one is guarding because it's on the Dr. Stone's (Joe Morton) lab so why the villain is bother to take the first box from Amazonians who of course, fight him off, instead of the unprotected one? It doesn't make any sense.

Talking about the villain, Steppenwolf... where to begin? He's so not dangerous. I mean, really? This CGI creature is weak. I don't see his motivation, what he wants again? Talk to Mother? The movie is trying to put us on edge by making the heroes nervous and rushed to get everyone together as a team, but really, there's no need to rush because none is in danger except that one family? Steppenwolf is the end of the world, but I don't see danger, I don't see urgency to save the world. Also, where has he been this whole time? Why now?

When the heroes are fighting Steppenwolf and his insect armies, I feel like the action sequences are exaggerating. One hero could fight them all easily, like, Wonder Woman, maybe? Because she's doing all the work in this movie. She's like these guys' protector. Like she said in the movie, I work with children and that's true. All Batman doing is being rich and bored, Flash being cute and funny, and Cyborg being confuse like he's in a coming of age drama. The set ups are too much and overwhelming and very inconsistent.


It is known that Superman (Henry Cavill) is back. I actually was hoping they hid it even better, like a major surprise for audience but then Henry is coming to the press, and Superman is standing in the poster. I completely didn't understand the strategy here. But we're not going to talk about the promotion strategy, I don't care. What I care is how Superman fits in this movie. His name is mentioned in almost every conversation Bruce has. And there's Martha (Diane Lane) moved from her house, and Lois Lane being boring, but when the actual conversation of taking Superman back to the world, to save the world once again because Steppenwolf is too hard to fight for, I'm expected more than just Allen and Stone digging up his grave and taking his body back to the Kryptonian ship and wake him up with the magical box. I mean, in the end scene of BvS, don't we see the dirt is flying above his casket? It was like there's a magnetic reaction between his body and the soil, like he's going to awake soon? What is happening here? It's entertaining to see Allen being friendly and nice to Stone who still trying to figure out his identity but hey, let's do this in some other time. Superman is like a God? or deity? like, not a human but a powerful creature? It's not like I hate Superman or Cavill, I just don't see where Superman is fit.

He's very strong, we get it. Once he's awake, we kinda see him tensed and confused, and even more dangerous that the actual villain. It supposed to be more action sequences, more battle between Superman and the rest of the league, but then... Lois Lane came and everything ends. Bananas.

I feel so disappointed with this movie. Instead of watching one movie about superheroes trying to save the world, I feel like watching two different movies which are a combination of pilot from stand-alone series. Well, it's probably because there are issues with the production itself. I heard there's a hard time in Snyder's family and he was almost dropping out the movie but then the producer brought Joss Whedon and if I'm not wrong, 15-20% of this movie is rewrite and reshoot. Also, Warner Bros suddenly cut the time from 2 hours and 45 minutes to only 2 hours? Why? They're also giving too much on the trailer, so what we see in the trailers are pretty much everything we need to see in the movie.

From my perspective, it's better to wait and postponed rather than served the audience with unfinished product. It's such a disappointment and a waste. The storyline is a mess, the production is even messier, there's nothing memorable in this movie except the post credit scenes (wow, just wow now DC has after credit scenes) when we see Lex Luthor (Jesse Eissenberg) escaped from the safely guarded prison and thinking about create his own league?

So much why in here... 
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