When I think about Dawn of Justice, I recall hearing bitching that there might be too many dream sequences, or that they could have been cut. When we see Batman’s dreams, they are real memories mixed with horrors from that psycho’s imagination. Starting with the murder of his parents. Ending with a giant fucking Man-Bat bursting out of their crypt to take him to hell. Or maybe it’s just post apocalypse, and you imagine Superman burning you to a fucking crisp, because you have given in to your fear. I don’t think the Knightmare sequence was “just a dream,” or a Justice League ad. I don’t believe Snyder would have been pulling a single take shot, plus having Batman straight kill motherfuckers with a handgun, plus shoot it all in IMAX, if it wasn’t super important. And that’s the kind of shit that makes me excited for Justice League. But some aren’t. They treat the vehicular gun play, and implied violence in the car chases, the same as the knightmare Batman, so the subtlety is missed.
But enough about that dark ass movie! Let’s talk about Justice League, a way lighter affair!
How were the jokey jokes? They were good. I ran the gamut from smiling ear to ear, to chuckling, and maybe even a full on laugh out loud. But they felt like DC jokes. I didn’t feel betrayed as a fan. There wasn’t a single line that made me cringe (like one might cringe upon hearing Darth Vader drop a completely left field, out of character pun.) If you’ve heard this movie referred to as a live action Justice League Unlimited episode stretched to 2 hrs, that’s a pretty fair assessment. After hearing so many ask for exactly that from the DCEU, I can’t help but think this thing was cobbled together to make the fans happy. Too much fan service can be a detriment to a franchise film, but this flick straddled the line pretty well.
I have to say the effects weren’t quite as bad as the trailers would make you believe. I can’t help but think Zack Snyder supervising post would have made a huge difference. It was very noble of him to step away and turn the movie over to someone else to avoid a release date delay, but some extra time would have made a huge difference. And Superman’s mustache wasn’t really a big problem on screen, but probably threw a pretty big wrench in the works off screen. It wouldn’t surprise me if some VFX artists had to be pulled from working on other scenes, to kind of figure that fucker out last minute. I am sad to say 2013’s Man of Steel is still the bench mark in special effects quality in a comic book movie. This shouldn’t be an issue for too many. Not this year, when everyone was fawning over cartoon Spider-Man. Not in the year of Wonder Woman v Ares (featuring the mustache that survived post). I’m also sad to say CG monster Vortigern in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie turned out a hell of a lot better than Ares and Steppenwolf.
So Steppenwolf. He was alright. His best attribute is he is good at fucking up the Justice League, and they played to that strength. I am dumbfounded that they are still putting full CG humanoids in movies, and not using MOCAP. The difference would have been night and day. Maybe Peter Jackson will make a Justice League movie for us one day.
BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!
The action was great and the stand out scene involved Superman. Without getting into spoilers he’s fucking Superman. So get ready for that shit. I’m glad he has been nonexistent in the marketing, everything got to be a surprise. Fucking Justice League. Yeah. Wonder Woman was pulling all kinds of bad ass shit, and they did a pretty good job of bridging her movie. Aquaman was good shit, and I can’t wait to see what James Wan has in store for us next year. Flash was awesome. Ezra Miller made the character his own, and to his credit, made me completely forget the CW version.
I liked Cyborg a lot more than I thought I would. I’ve not read too many comics that feature him, and was a little turned off by the idea of him being in the League because those Teen Titans cartoons are all lame. Ray Fisher was a really good choice. Not a fan of his version 1 design though.
As I type this out, I’m getting flashes of scenes that were in the trailers that did not make the final cut. It pisses me off because I have little hope this fucker will get an Ultimate Cut. You never know though.
Batman is performing a penance, as he should. Damn it more flashes. I need to see this fucker again.
The cinematography was good, but the movie really did need to slow down. There was a lot of well shot shit that I would have liked to linger with a while longer. The score was fine, but nothing I’m going to be mowing the lawn to, like Man of Steel. Or barreling down a dark road to, like Dawn of Justice. If Elfman was going to rip off old themes, he should have gone balls out, instead of just dipping a toe in.
Overall it was a really entertaining comic book movie. It felt true to the League, and pulled off some awesome shit. Even though it was a victim of circumstances ranging from tragic to absurd, the film came out good.
I give it Two Snaps Up and a Wonder Woman Twirl.
Oh, and DC slapped their fucking dick on the table in the post credits stinger.