Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Review

Certificate: 15

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: Chris Terrio

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot

Genre: Action, Adventure

Runtime: 242 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Zack Snyder’s definitive director’s cut of Justice League. Determined to ensure Superman’s ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. – From IMDB

This film is proof that if you yell long enough and loud enough, someone will pay attention.  After years of lobbying by fans and cast alike, we finally have the definitive version of the catastrophe that was 2017s ‘Justice League’.  So full disclosure time, I haven’t been the biggest fan of a great deal of the DCEU, and outright disliked Batman vs Superman, so I was a little trepidatious going into this four hour behemoth. 

I think it goes without saying that this is vast improvement on the original.  The film overall has a lot more of a consistent tone.  It may be a bleak and dark tone, but at least this time it’s consistently dark, rather than a random joke or quip popping up and inappropriate times to ruin the sombreness of the mood every thirty seconds or so.  Most of the heroes are given a much more fleshed out backstory, particularly Victor, who was humanised and developed a whole lot more this time round. 

Gone as well is the unnecessary flirty, will they, won’t they thing between Bruce Wayne and Diana.  Also gone are the creepy amount of butt shots. She is still in the most impractical of fighting armour, even indestructible superman has his arms and legs covered for gods sake.  But that is pretty much her established look at this point, so I don’t see that ever changing.

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Most of the added scenes were an improvement, as were the ones that were removed.  The ending of the film was vastly improved, raising the stakes and making the villains both more menacing and more believable.  Giving them motives and personalities, not to mention exponentially better CGI.

Saying that though, it definitely does feel it’s length.  I am sure there are parts that were not strictly necessary.  My attention did start to wonder in the middle a little.  While the nods to the original soundtracks was a nice musical choice, particularly Superman, there are some choices of music that I just could not get behind.  Not the score so much, which was pretty fantastic, but some of the licenced music, it just didn’t work for me.  The dialogue still seemed a little clunky in places, a little wooden, but again, was massively improved for the lack of unnecessary puns.

But the worst part for me was the lost potential.  While I think that half an hour for an epilogue was a little excessive, what we saw of the future world got me really excited.  I may not be jumping for joy about THIS film, but I would have been for THAT one.  It looked like nothing we have ever seen in a comic book movie, and we got a glimpse of the joker that Leto could have been , and that too looked like it could have been great.  I mourn the loss of the film that never was.

Ambitious and over-indulgent, but pretty entertaining, and the Justice League we deserved the first time around.

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ is available to watch on Sky Cinema now.

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