This exciting movie gets a solid 4 Icees out of 5. This is one of those movies that makes me think that professional critics think too much instead of just sitting back and enjoying a movie. Don’t get me wrong, this movie isn’t perfect and has 2 big flaws, which is why it gets 4 Icees instead of 4.5 or 5.
First, let’s talk about the good. Although some people don’t like the Batman that Batfleck portrays, I actually do. Playing an aging Batman, one that has seen nothing but darkness and villany during this time protecting Gotham, and doing it well. Superman has given him a glimpse of hope and I think that Batfleck does a good job of portraying that. Then there is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Coming off one of the best superhero origin films I’ve ever seen, she continues forward. I like that in this movie she shows some vulnerability to go along with her new leadership responsibilities.
Adding to those two are the newbies. Ezra Miller as Flash steals many of the scenes and has some of the best lines. Jason Momoa as Aquaman dispells the Big Bang Theory’s famous line of, “Aquaman Sucks”. In fact, I think it would be great to have Jason as a guest star on BBT and have him confront Raj as he says that line. Anyway, he does a fantastic job with the limited vocabulary he is given. I look forward to the Aquaman movie that is supposed to come out in December of 2018. Finally, there is Cyborg. He is the least known of the current Justice League characters but they made sure that they made him an important part of the team (can’t say more or else it would be spoilers).
There is great action throughout, funny one-liners and just a good feel for the team once it comes together. So what is the bad? Why didn’t it do better than 4 Icees? Well, as I mentioned before there are two reasons. The first is that Warner Bros made a big mistake by dictating that it be no more than 2hrs long. Because of that the movie feels very rushed throughout. Since DC didn’t do like Marvel and have individual movies for most of the characters before the team-up, we didn’t get a chance to become invested in Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. This movie does give a little info as they are coming together but not nearly enough to make you feel like you know them. Plus, the bad guys are almost upon us immediately so there is no development of the league.
The second issue? This villain. I won’t give any spoilers other than to say that he is totally CGI and it just looks stupid. I mean, really stupid. Are we watching a movie or a video game? They have an actor playing the voice. Couldn’t he act too? Or couldn’t you find someone to fill the role? There are a lot of big bad guy actors out there. Surely one of them was available. For me, this CGI idiocy took a lot away for me.
Now, if you’ve liked the DC movies so far (which I have), you’ll really enjoy this one. If you hated BvS, then you’ll probably like this one but perhaps still not love it. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie, but just can’t quite give it the rating I was hoping for. How much do I like it? I’m seeing it again in a couple of days!
There is a scene partway through the credits and another one at the end of the credits.