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Film Review – Justice League (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

38 Responses

  1. tomangel1 says:

    You are so right about the disposable army element of all these films – like the annoying battle droids in the star wars prequels – they couldn’t win a fight with damp washing

    • Nick Kush says:

      I get it from a writing standpoint where you need to show your heroes doing cool things, but it gets exhausting after awhile 😂

  2. natloveslit says:

    Hi Nick! Love your review. Completely agree with it. Justice League isn’t a very good movie, but it keeps me hopeful about the future of DC. Marvel, I feel, has really established their universe, so much so that ensemble movies don’t feel like there are too many characters involved. For Justice League, it kind of felt that the only person needed was Superman. I feel that negates the idea of an ensemble cast. Yes, Flash and Cyborg are new to this, Wonder woman and Batman are a bit more seasoned, but Batman has no powers, and Aquaman is a bit of a letdown to be honest. So why are any of them needed? Just send in Superman. I guess I wish more thought was put into how each character can contribute.

    They really did get a good cast. Ben Affleck is the best Batman we have had so far. I love Christian Bale, but he wasn’t a very good Bruce Wayne, and Ben has been able to take on both sides of the character quite well. Ezra Miller felt too comedic at times? I do find him funny, but sometimes it was bordering on mentally slow kind of funny, which reduced his character for me. Jason Momoa felt out of place. Gal Gadot is just gorgeous and charismatic, and it helps that we have her previous movie which helped to flesh out her character. Ray Fisher as Cyborg surprised me. I thought he was very good. He has such a nice voice, and a lot of the time, he lets his voice do the acting for him.

    I feel like we need more thoughtful movies from DC, and less of the mess that this was.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m glad you liked it! I totally feel he same way with Superman! Once he got involved the show was over for Steppenwolf and the rest of the justice League just kinda watched lol. I hate comparing DC to Marvel just because I dislike continuing the divide that’s prevalent there, but they do a great job of making every member of the Avengers feel completely necessary, or they at least try really hard to do so

  3. calypte says:

    Okay, everything I forgot to say in my own review – this is ace! 🙂

  4. nikikefala says:

    Great review!

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  6. Steve says:

    I was really getting hyped up until you mentioned the artificial time limit. One of those X-Men films a decade or so ago suffered so greatly from the rushed flow that I still feel the trauma. I will never understand why they won’t engage our brains simultaneously with our hearts and stomachs. Well, okay, maybe I could take a guess, but it’s still costing them (at least my) money to fluff up their films instead of battening them down in sturdy intellectual groundings.

  7. Alright! My thoughts! First, the chemistry between our five heroes (minus Superman, whom I get to in a moment since he doesn’t interact with them too much) was fairly good. I felt Batman struggling with his leadership role, even with Wonder Woman helping him manage the team. Ezra Miller was a standout as the Flash and though he may be somewhat of a jokester (I’m not sure since [sadly] I’ve never seen the 2014 TV show), but it felt like he was injected with Wally West’s joking side. Maybe that’s because I’m familiar with the cartoons “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited”, but that still doesn’t detract from his performance. Other than that, Aquaman and Cyborg were fairly standard, yet still had enough stuff to do to make their presence here accepted.

    In my opinion, Steppenwolf is only slightly above Malekith from “Thor: The Dark World” since he actually engages others before the climax, thus prevent him from being entirely dull. However, they also share a common trait of having a disposable army while wanting to cause massive amounts of death and destruction. Like the climax to Dawn of Justice (on some desolate island between Metropolis & Gotham), having the final battle set in a desolate Russian village seems like another calculated attempt to stave off a certain criticism that forever haunts “Man of Steel”.

    Finally, I really do think that adding an extra 15 or 20 minutes (or ever 25) would have gone a long way to adding more crucial details to the film, thus making it feel more appreciated. On a somewhat related note, I came across a post on the Facebook page “DC Entertainment News” that seems to link a hidden evil to this series (and No, it’s not Zack Snyder), Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujuhara. I won’t delve into this topic here, but apparently, he’s to blame for some of the series’ short-comings and only WW director Patty Jenkins was able to resist his “studio interference”. I’ll let you check out that page, since it’s also calling for a petition to have the guy fired.

    In conclusion, I found the film “OK”. It’s not god-awful by any means, but it’s ultimately underwhelming since this is supposed to be the first live-action Justice League film ever and it only barely meets our standards. Can’t wait to hear your reactions to my comment, Nick! Stay strong!

    • What I forgot to mention is that once Superman shows up to help our heroes, Steppenwolf is easily taken out. That also brings our main villain down quite a bit. Still, may this positive Kal-El be here to stay.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I feel the same way (obviously)! The studio actually mandated that the film come in under two hours which certainly adds to the controversy that you somewhat mentioned above. I’m actually writing an article on the history and future of DC films for tomorrow! Those extra 20 minutes definitely got rid of connective tissue and character beats for the film

      I thought Steppenwolf was actually worse than Malekith from the standpoint of at least Malektih looked like a real entity and not a video game character from 2005 lol. That loss of believability really hampers my ability to percieve him as a threat.

      In the end, I feel like Justice League was a film that had to happen in order for DC to turn the page, hopefull that occurs!

  8. lyd-on-life says:

    I felt the exact same way!

    It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but definitely nothing worth screaming about. Even watching it at IMAX did do much for me. However, I didn’t fall asleep so it was ok

    I’m waiting to see what else DC has to offer

    • Nick Kush says:

      Judging by its less than stellar box office returns, Warner Bros. may look to switch things up in the near future.

  9. majorpop says:

    Why do I feel like I’m the only person who genuinely loved this movie?

  10. mikekeskeys says:

    I’m starting to believe that I’m the wrong person to talk about superhero movies from a mainstream perspective. Being so versed in the lore of comic book movies backstories, I get excited when I see the characters I’ve grown up reading onscreen, and can follow tenuous connections to plots from previous movies or deep cut references with ease which adds to my enjoyment of the proceedings.

    As with this movie, even though the flow is totally off, there are unanswered questions and more flaws, I still enjoyed the movie because it was the first DC film that felt like a DC film to me. Even Wonder Woman didn’t feel quite right to me as the setting of World War I limited the DC Comics nature of things for me. Even though critics both in professional and amateur nature may at times talk of superhero fatigue and being bored by all this stuff, as a fan I love it, and want this to keep going on (like Star Wars) to infinity.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I definitely want them to continue as well. Personally, the feeling of superhero fatigue I get is when I see the same movie over and over again. When I see a superhero film now, I don’t want to see a villain with a doomsday weapon that has a disposable army while something shoots up into the sky 😂

  11. raistlin0903 says:

    I hope to see this one in the upcoming week. I’m not really expecting much from this one anyway, but I think I will enjoy it just enough to make the trip to the cinema worthwhile. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie 😀

  12. ghostof82 says:

    Just saw it. Thought it was horrible. It was dumbed-down even for a kids comic, the effects were cartoony, little of the action made any sense, it was terribly choreographed. Shocking waste considering the talent involved.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I don’t think it particularly works for anyone who isn’t a massive DC diehard. Otherwise, it’s just a messy movie

  13. yasminereads says:

    Good. I really want a Nightwing movie too!

  14. yasminereads says:

    Great review! I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it, and I totally agree that you leave feeling great without knowing why. It definitely added nothing to the larger superhero genre, and even Marvel is now struggling since superheroes are fun but are getting tiring to pretty much everyone.

    I really hope DC improves, and this seems to be a step in the right direction. If they stop trying to get too gritty, they might get better since their superheroes are more absurd than Marvel’s and they just need to embrace it. Joss Whedon probably improved the film significantly from Snyder’s original idea just by doing that with the lighting alone.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I feel like this was a film that just needed to happen in order for DC to turn the page. It really seems this way since they’ve sorta halted starting any other projects until they saw how Justice League performed.

      All I know is that I want Man of Steel 2 and I want it now! Lol

  15. TheWarner says:

    I won’t be paying to watch this, as I learned my lesson with Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, and I’m not fond of the casti or the director. With the exception of his Dawn of the Dead remake and Man of Steel I’ve hate all of Zack Snyder’s films. I really enjoyed Wonder Woman, but I feel Gal Gadot is a beautiful but terrible actress. Jason Momoa’s acting hasn’t improved since he played Ronan Dex on Stargate Atlantis, and that’s unacceptable to me. I thought Ben Affleck was the worst Batman EVER.

    I also won’t be paying to see the next X-Men film, as all of the sequels following X-Men: First Class have been terrible, the worst being Apocalypse. I’m genuinely concerned about the Marvel Infinity Wars movies given that there will be so many characters involved and various storylines to mesh. Avengers: Age of Ultron is trash, so I’m not excited about the next one, whenever that one will be released. I’m not devoted to Marvel or DC, I just want to watch good superhero films, and there have been some pretty bad ones lately.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m sorta superhero fatigued as well. I’m pretty tired of a villain trying to create a doomsday weapon to destroy a planet while superheroes destroy its disposable army while quipping the entire time. There’s so many superhero films now, you need to be different and sometimes even downright strange!

      • TheWarner says:

        Yes, we need something new. It’s not about being team Marvel or DC, it’s about wanting to see movies with good plots. I love movies, but I’m sick of remakes and films with flimsy plots. Hollywood is filled with writers and scripts, yet these movie studios continue to put out the same films over and over. With the exception of Get Out, Blade Runner 2049, and Alien: Covenant I didn’t really enjoy any of the movies that were released this year. I still need to see Thor: Ragnarok though.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I really loved Logan as a diversion from the regular superhero shtick. Personally, it felt like an Oscar-worthy drama that happened to have superheroes in it which made for a worthy change from the formula for me.

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