Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Picking up right after Batman Vs. Superman, we see Superman die. With Earth’s strongest defender gone, things begin to change. The Amazonians are brutally attacked, but manage to alert Wonder Woman to the dangers that have arrived. At the same time, Batman is worried after his vision that an invasion is coming. Paired with Alfred, unaware that the dangers have already arrived, he sets out to find other warriors to protect from whatever is coming next. Although they don’t all meet him with a smile, Batman hopes to assemble enough of a team to protect his home.
Batman in this film is attempting to right his wrongs of the past by putting together a team to fight an incoming threat as a promise he made to Superman. Bruce struggles to take the role of leader as that is not his typical role and he continues to have his brooding and calculating Batman tendencies though he tries to have more faith than he usually does. Wonder Woman is the one who recognizes the threat as the ancient alien threat it is. Diana shows to be a strong and resilient warrior who is the only hero (after the death of Superman) on earth who can match Steppenwolf’s power. Cyborg is a young man who is trying to see if he has a place in the world after becoming a freaky-looking cyborg and his father tries to convince him that his newfound abilities are gifts. Victor tries to explore his powers and learns that he can do some good and has some connection with the new threat.
Okay. Four hours. That is a daunting task. It sounds scary, it sounds boring, and it sounds like a pain in the butt. Surprisingly enough, it was only one of those things. 4 hours was a lot to handle, but it held my attention for the most part, and it didn’t really feel like 4 hours. Let’s talk downsides before we hop into why this movie is pretty darn good.
The only issue I had with the movie is to be expected with a 4-hour movie. It is long. It is an incredibly long time to sit and to be honest I didn’t sit through the entire movie. A few walks around the room were taken paired with a couple bathroom breaks to try to make this monster of a movie bearable. I wish this was a 2 part movie, instead of 4 hours, because I think it would’ve been such a more entertaining watch in two sittings, and this would have made a butt load of money in the theatres. Obviously, not the drive behind making this movie, but two parts would have been awesome.
Regardless of the length, this is a great movie. It is masterfully written, and the VFX are great. The 4:3 wasn’t terrible, but I did find the lighting could have been a lot better. The plot of this cut is detailed, and there is very little left up to imagination. The characters are the same. We get sooooo many details and a lot of development over the 4 hours. I loved it, the character arcs came full circle and left me wanting more. I thought Ezra Miller’s Flash was a lot better than I expected. I’m a much bigger fan of the made for tv Flash, but Ezra did an awesome job and we saw some super cool moments for The Flash. Overall, the movie is a lot better than I expected, and the four hours were nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be.
It is disappointing that this movie probably won’t mean much on the large scale in the DCEU, but it is still a great movie. The characters and the plot left me hungry for more, even after 4 hours, and it is one I would absolutely recommend. Not one sitting, but broken up over a few, this is a great movie.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a very solid movie. With a run time of four hours, it’s good and bad aspects do revolve around the length of the movie with a few exceptions. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Alright, so with a run time of four hours, lots can be accomplished, and lots was accomplished. This movie has really well written characters and plot. With a longer run time, everything was able to be explored and expanded. All the characters showed growth, especially Cyborg. The plot too was helped by this long run time. Every perspective and storyline were able to be explored and it felt nothing was really missing. Even for a four-hour movie, the pacing is done pretty well, and when I watched that first hour, it didn’t really feel like an hour. The atmosphere and lighting were also done nicely in this movie. It was nice watching a darker superhero movie. I especially enjoyed seeing blood, because with super powered beings, you would expect that level of damage. When being punched or thrown into a wall, there should be a bit of blood.
There is one main aspect that may or may not turn you away from this movie, which is the way the movie was shot. The movie is shot with a 4:3 ratio, and that means that the vertical edges of the screen are cut off. For me, after watching for a while, I got used to seeing it, however, others might not like it as much. The other area this movie doesn’t do as well with are some of the slower scenes with Lois Lane and the ending. The scenes with Lois were typically slower and those were the times where I really felt the drawn-out length of the movie. The ending was also an area I didn’t particularly like. Although the last few scenes might have been used for setting up future movies, I feel like they stretched it out too long. There were many areas where they could’ve cut the movie and made it still make sense.
Overall, this movie was solid. With a longer run time, you’re able to really get to know your characters and delve into the plot. There are a few areas that aren’t as enjoyable, but if you have 4 hours to spare, you could consider watching this movie.
Watching this movie was a really daunting task with its 4 hour run time and it was something I didn’t think I was going to do but upon watching the film I can say I’m glad that I did. Having seen all the previous DCEU films including the original cut of Justice League I can say that I had a less favourable view of this universe than some and only enjoyed a handful of the films, however, when it comes to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I must say the film exceeded my expectations in all senses. First off, this film, while much more complex, was easier to follow than the original version and I appreciated the explanations given to me as a viewer. The extended runtime allowed for better characters with especially Cyborg and the Flash being much better in this version but I felt that each character had really good motivation and arc that was presented throughout the film with my favourites being Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg. The story was very deep and complex with many plotlines explored that really fleshed out things from previous films and made this viewing experience all the better with so much lore being touched upon and deepened I thought it was quite well done.
I did have some issues with the film and the first one is the runtime. While I definitely think this story was well done I still think it could have been trimmed to have a better-paced story in my opinion as there were points during the film where I felt that it dragged and some scenes just felt too long especially with the epilogue which sets things up for future movies that most likely won’t happen. The 4:3 ratio of the film did really bug me at first as I prefer a widescreen view of a film though eventually, I just became used to it. A slight story problem I had was that with such a long runtime the audience is given no room to fill in the blanks as everything is spoon-fed to us as we watch. Also as much as a lot was explained to the audience there were some things that a casual viewer might not understand which is unfair to that viewer.
All in all, this was a pretty good film that was one of the best of the DCEU and that I am glad that I saw. I would recommend it for sure but I won’t recommend watching it with no breaks as I would suggest breaking it up into two parts to watch or at least taking a 15-minute break somewhere in the film. So hop on Crave and take a peek at Zack Snyder’s Justice League
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