Vic's Flick Picks
(3 popcorn boxes)
Alright, I did not hate Justice League. I do not try to hide the fact that I don’t like DC comics… they just take themselves much too seriously. Even the Joker thought so. This time they lighten up a bit, which may not go over well with DC comic fans – they also take themselves too seriously.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) has had his faith in humanity restored and wants to put together a team… or league… with some random superhero types plus Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Ha! We all want to be on Wonder Woman’s team. The roster includes Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Barry Allen was hilarious and reminded me of Jimmy Fallon, which made it even funnier. Cyborg was the real Debbie Downer here. He kept things from becoming too wild and crazy by being dead boring. Blah. I admit that Jason Momoa as Aquaman had me scratching my head about the casting. He was not horrible. In fact, if you’ve ever seen him in Stargate: Atlantis (ha! Atlantis/Aquaman – sometimes I think funny thoughts) you already know his performance… strong, silent, a little scary, but oddly charming.
Wonder Woman. The best non-Marvel comic action movie and probably the best non-Marvel comic character. She seemed to be present just as much as Batman, but we still wanted more. She is truly fascinating.
Most of the film is spent introducing us to each of the new individuals of the Justice League. The Avengers did the same thing (only bigger and better, of course). The writers and director assume we already know all we need to know about Batman and Superman. Good call. Having not seen Batman vs. Superman I do not feel I was missing any information.
Our villain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds voice) was same ol’ same ol’. His search for the Mother Boxes in order to destroy the world with the Infinity Gauntlet… oops, I mean Unity… some of the plot points were a bit too familiar… what was I saying? Oh yeah, Steppenwolf was trite and pedantic.
The special effects were outstanding – but, really, we expect that in 2017. Oddly, The Flash in slow motion looked awkward and a bit like – well, an inept Jimmy Fallon – stumbling about really fast.
Three out of five boxes for Justice League. I’ll probably go see then next installment just to see more Aquaman. And Wonder Woman. This film is rated PG-13 for scenes of sci-fi violence and action. At two hours it didn’t seem too long, in fact it seemed a bit rushed at times. I can recommend it for comic action fans, and even die-hard Marvel fans. It wasn’t horrible.
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Ezra Miller appeared in this highly anticipated, well received and fantastical 2016 film starring Acadamy Award winner Eddie Redmayne.
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