JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)
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Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jack Kirby, George Pérez
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Michael McElhatton, John Dagleish, Richard Clifford, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Francis Magee, Charlotte Comer, Doutzen Kroes, Ann Ogbomo, Samantha Jo, Marc McClure, Jérôme Pradon, Orion Lee, Vaughn Johseph, Jack Yang, Bruce Johnson, Kasha Bajor, Dan Mersh, Nathan Wiley, Melanie Gray, Tina Balthazar, Penny Lane, Stewart Alexander, Kimberly Barrios, Paulina Boneva, Peter Brooke, Bern Collaco, Mark Cross, Billy Crudup, Daniel Eghan, Jesse Eisenberg, Martavious Gayles, Philip Harvey, Pete Buzzsaw Holland, Taylor James, Joe Manganiello, Holt McCallany, Nick Owenford, Amanda Smith, Jim Sturgeon, Joe Warshaw, Robin Wright
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DC Does it again! (zzzzzzzz)
Favorite Movie Quote: "No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others."
A new menace, threatens, from the beginning of Time, returns to pick up where he left off (sounds like an recurring premise), and it's up to DC's mightiest heroes, or at least they could only afford, to save the Earth from annihilation. Superman is still dead - for now (did you seriously think that Warner Brothers and DC's biggest Cash Cow of Steel would miss this?) For all its faults, it's still a popcorn movie.
JUSTICE LEAGUE, the beginning of the latest DC franchise, is an uneven romp of mayhem, with WAY too much melancholy. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), returns to assemble the heroes Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) discovered in Lex Luthor's computers (see SUPERMAN v BATMAN: DAWN of JUSTICE). It is a shaky alliance, as all origin stories are wont to be, but they eventually come together for their Kumbha. More on that later. The big baddie is an ancient demon called Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds-voice), who was defeated those many eons ago only by the combined forces of the Amazons, the Atlanteans, and Man. And it is only with the death of Superman was he able to gather enough power to return.
Joining this immortal Bru-Ha-Ha is the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Together they face the powerful Steppenwolf , who intends to reshape the world in his image - which means ridding the world of its human pestilence. Each hero gets their fifteen minutes to prove their worth and to showcase their powers (it is, after all, an origin movie), they defeat the evil (the good guys win - big spoiler!), then part their separate ways until the sequel.
Now the gripes. The overall film, despite its occasional levity, was its characteric DC moroseness. It was too damn dark! For what Warner Brothers spent, they could had added another spotlight or two. Also, to replace story, the leads were consigned to "beauty shots," WAY too many "wedding portraits" of the principals standing in a straight line, waiting for their closeup. Also, this reviewer HATED the redesigned Flash costume. It looked like something from TRON (there - I said it!) But the biggest elephant in the room was that Superman - AND Clark Kent - pick up their lives as though neither of them were dead and publicly buried. There's an amusing scene where Flash and Cyborg are digging up Clark's grave, which was VERY reminiscent of every Frankenstein movie ever made.
On my personal rating scale, with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "3.5." JUSTICE LEAGUE was an adequately satisfying, though characteristically dark film, ala the Warner Brothers/DC Business Model, with plenty of room for the sequel. Don't dash out the theater during the credits, or you'll miss the obligatory Superman /Flash race, and the surprise that teases that sequel.
The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. It stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, and Joe Morton. Again, for all its faults, you need to see this film.
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