From the beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe, I had mixed feelings. Man of Steel worked well, but if last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was any indication of how this movie would make me feel then I knew I would walk out having enjoyed it, despite its poorly pieced narrative. I was right.

justiceleague-0-0Justice League follows the formation of DC Comics most powerful group of superheroes as they face off against Steppenwolf, who seeks to destroy the Earth as we know it after the loss of Superman.

I’ll go on record as saying I actually did like this film. From an action standpoint, it was a stronger film than Batman v. Superman, but failed in comparison to this summer’s blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, which turned out to be one of my favorites of this year.

Let’s start with what I loved. The score was great. They used Aerosmith’s version of Come Together over the trailers and that really set the tone for the movie, because in this, we get to see the heroes all across the DC Universe unite for the first time. I only wish that the momentum created by the trailer could have translated into the first act of this movie.

the-flash-in-justice-leagueThe best part of this movie, hands down, was Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen AKA The Flash. He served as pure comic relief, but it surprisingly worked well against a movie that otherwise was littered with director Zack Snyder’s gritty, dark cinematography. Initially, I thought his CGI slow motion scenes would get on my nerves, but it didn’t. I feel like some of his best moments were captured during those lightning laced runs against various foes.

Now here’s the hard part: what I didn’t like about the movie. The script suffered from a lack of source material in the current standing of the DCU. I had a great time watching it, but I felt that the plot could have been so much stronger had some of the solo movies for the heroes come first. A Flash or Aquaman movie would’ve saved this one some time by not having to introduce them as almost brand new characters. Cyborg would’ve benefited from being introduced here, but I felt that the others needed to be fleshed out more as individuals before placing them in the ensemble cast of A-List stars.

justice-league-joss-whedon-steppenwolfI was really intrigued by the film’s villain: Steppenwolf. Ciaran Hinds did a good job delivering a chilling voiceover performance as Darkseid’s main enforcer. However, I feel like if he had been seen previously in a post-credits scene after Wonder Woman, then maybe I would have cared more about his intentions. For what he was, he was a good villain for a film like this. His fight with the Amazons during his arrival on Earth was just phenomenal.

After careful consideration, I will give Justice League a thumbs up. It certainly has its flaws, but I think those flaws are outweighed by the youth of the DCU and the fun time you will have during the action in this movie, mostly during the second half after {SPOILER ALERT} the re-entry of a certain Kryptonian super…man.

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