Verdict: As it tries to redeem itself from previous DC films, it sure does justice to the DC Universe.
DC's fifth installment, Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, with an ensemble cast at hand. With an estimated production budget of $300 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made. Did you know that Gal Gadot was pregnant during the shoot, throwing up all the time? There were numerous reshoots (and hence rewrites) and Snyder had to leave the project in May 2017 following the sudden death of his daughter. The film's screenplay writer Joss Whedon has to fill in and oversee the remainder of the production, including the reshoots. Even after all these challenges, I've got to say, the film is not bad at all.
What's Justice League About?
Picking up where 'Batman v Superman' left off, the film sees the forming of the Justice League which comprises Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. They need to save the planet from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and also form to honor Superman following his death. Steppenwolf needs to collect three 'mother boxes' to gain power, along with his army of Parademons, who feast on fear. Bruce Wayne identifies the threat first and promptly begins to approach these heroes, hoping they jump on board. Typical, but quintessential.
The runtime of just 2 hours is a relief. Even with such a simple plot, it manages to not get boring at any given point. Snyder's signature style is easily noticeable, with the right amount of slow-motion scenes which he is fond of – with Flash and Wonder Woman, of course. Flash sure has his flashes of brilliance, even though he may get annoying with his ignorance at times, like he is supposed to. Batman, Aquaman, and Cyborg are all sufficient. Wonder Woman is simply sensational and is easily the best of the lot and that's not just my opinion. The stellar cast members are all comfortable in their roles. What really helps the film is that it has a much lighter tone, thanks to its humor and punchlines, some even worthy of applause.
What Could Have Been Better?
Over the years, we have seen villains with such well-thought-out back-stories, that we even tend to be compassionate about them. Sadly that is not the case here, where the bland villain's motives are too one-dimensional. There are cliches throughout, mainly sprouting from the plot itself, which is adamant about being too simple.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
It may not be the best film around, but probably the best of DC, so far. The only film that comes close is Wonder Woman, which was praised heavily by most. Batman v Superman was bashed, as was Suicide Squad. So, this one is definitely worth a watch, and may just be on course for the much-needed redemption DC deserves.