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JUSTICE LEAGUE review

You Can’t Save the World Alone

Superman is dead.  The World is in mourning.  Sensing the lack of the Kryptonian, mysterious “drones” begin to pop-up and Batman recognizes that another-Worldly problem is at hand.  With the fate of the World at stake, he and Diana (Wonder Woman) must recruit those with special abilities to strengthen their chances.  A young man with incredible speed, the heir of Atlantis, and a cybernetic human.  While they assemble and formulate a plan, Steppenwolf has come to Earth in-search-of three motherboxes; unity of which would result in absolute power as he could turn Earth into his home World.  Together, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash must utilize every tool at their disposal, but they realize it may not be enough.  In-order to save the World, they may have to use even more-drastic measures, one that may spilt the opinion of the “Justice League”!

Ben Affleck stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman, the unofficial leader of the Justice League and the benefactor.  Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, the Amazonian princess.  Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, heir to the throne of Atlantis.  Ezra Miller plays Barry Allen/The Flash, the youngest member of the Justice League who has superhuman speed.  Ray Fisher plays Victor Stone/Cyborg, a once-promising athlete who was accidentally reconstructed.  Ciarán Hinds, through motion-capture, stars as Steppenwolf, the agent of Darkseid sent to destroy the World.  Henry Cavill plays Clark Kent/Superman, the Kryptonian God.  Jeremy Irons plays Alfred Pennyworth, Wayne’s butler and most-trusted friend.  Amy Adams plays Clark’s love interest and Daily Planet journalist, Lois Lane.  Diane Lane returns as Clark’s mother, Martha Kent.  Connie Nielsen returns as Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother.  J.K. Simmons is Gotham City Police Commissioner, Jim Gordon.  Joe Morton and Robin Wright reprise their roles as Silas Stone and Antiope, respectively.  We briefly meet Mera in Atlantis, played by Amber Heard.

“Justice League” is a blast of fun; through solid character development and plenty of thrills, it proves that the DCCU is just getting started!  After the disaster that was “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the overwhelming success of “Wonder Woman”, all-eyes-turned to the famous superhero team-up that was years in the making, “Justice League”.  Plagued-by issues behind the scenes, no one knew what to expect.  While “Justice League” is by no means perfect, it’s a thoroughly-entertaining thrill ride that establishes these fun characters and gets the viewer even-more excited for the future!  The biggest success of the film is the main characters.  Having already established Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, the newcomers provide plenty of extra fun this time around.  Aquaman’s sarcasm and pure strength fits well, Cyborg’s personal struggles give him one of the most impactful storylines, and the Flash’s constant humor and lack of common sense is hilarious!  Together, all of our heroes not only form a strong team, but also a very entertaining and likeable one as well.  One of the film’s biggest issues is its villain.  Steppenwolf is very “boring” as he doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of personality, but the CGI used for him is also somewhat distracting, making his face look noticeably-fake.  As much as I hate to say it, he is one of the worst comic book villains to grace the big screen.  “Justice League” continues the “dark” aesthetic as well, but as it’s not overused it actually fits the film nicely.  One of the most nostalgic aspects of the film comes from its score, as each hero has their own motif; but when you hear Danny Elfman’s “Batman” score from 1989, you can’t help but to just get overly excited and giddy.  The film is also full of “fan” moments, but be sure to keep yourself from being spoiled!  “Justice League” has a run time of exactly 2 hours, which is just-enough time to introduce these awesome heroes and show them join forces to defeat their nemesis.  Don’t believe everything you’ve heard about “Justice League”.  Is it a perfect film?  No, not by a long-shot, but there is plenty to like and be entertained-by.  “Justice League” (mostly) represents another step in the positive direction that “Wonder Woman” laid; and leaves you absolutely excited for the future of the DC Cinematic Universe!

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“Justice League” follows our favorite DC heroes as they must team-up to defeat an evil far greater than themselves.  The film features an incredibly fun cast of heroes, a well-connected story, and plenty of “fan” moments for movie goers to enjoy!  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, go see “Justice League” and form your own opinion!! 

 3.5/5

JUSTICE LEAGUE is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, in theaters NOVEMBER 17TH!   

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