I specifically opted to wait to review Thor: Ragnarok because I was basically having fanboy jitters the entire I watched the film the first time. After seeing it a second time in recent days, I feel like I'm a bit more relaxed about it all. I'll write a review after seeing it a third time because I'm focused on what I've just seen in the theatre. I got to see Justice League the night before officially opening. Big films tend to have a subdued release the night before and I take advantage if the film speaks to me. Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi are on that short list. So, I'm going to attempt to dig into Justice League without giving away any real big secrets. There are a few that I'm going to give away because they're not secrets whatsoever. Like, for example, Superman comes back. We all saw it coming. No surprise or spoils there
.I want to firstly comment that I enjoyed the film. Watching Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Wonder Woman it preparation for Justice League, I mostly understood the tone and continuity looking to be again grasped in the latter film. The characters from the previous films that showed up in this newest film were the same characters. No big changes were made, except that there seemed to be a lighter tone with the whole "team vibe" that was created. I think that leads me to a bit of the "behind the scenes" stuff that happened. The director of Justice League had to duck out of the film before it was complete. I don't know the story and didn't care to google it. Suffice it to say, something of so much impetus occurred that Zack Snyder had to leave before his creation came to fruition. The replacement ended up being Joss Whedon. Anyone that knows me knows that I don't particularly like his work. His campy humour, predictable plot twists, and generally underwhelming contributions to film haven't much appealed to me. I've been attempting to warm to them, having watched The Avengers recently. I guess I see the appeal but it's still not for me. Luckily his films have such great casts that I can let lazy writing and tongue-in-cheek cheese humour slide.
What's the movie about? Basically, the movie chose to hint at the things set up in Batman V Superman, going with one of Darkseid's generals instead of him actually making an appearance. Steppenwolf is the general and he's a dud villain, just like most Marvel movies. His goal is to collect some powerful "motherboxes", combine them, and end the world. Pretty predictable, formulaic, and whatever. I'm not mad at it. Superhero movies these days are generally underwhelming when it comes to the antagonists. Just the nature of the beast, I suppose. There were hints of Darkseid, but alas no appearance. Also, there are hints at a larger DC Universe, but that's all I'll say.
The team got together swiftly once the end of the world was nigh. A bit of initial shyness and bumbling from the newest additions to the universe were expected, and The Flash and Cyborg would fit into that category. We saw them for only moments in Batman V Superman and very little time was spent digging into backstory. Flash was struck by lightning and Cyborg was in an explosion before being melded with one of the aforementioned "motherboxes". That's it. Surprisingly less time was given on Aquaman's story. He's simply the protector of the sea and a badass. That's it. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman were all up to their usual trickery.
I think the movie actually dragged until Superman came back. I won't reveal how it happened, but my prediction was spot-on. I made mention to a friend days ago that I figured out how Superman would return, and I nailed it. Anyways, a few cheeky interactions can and went. Talk of "penguin bombs" made me grin. Commissioner Gordon showing up was cool (for the moment he was on-screen). Once Superman showed up, the audience was treated to some emotional scenery between Clark and Lois. We got renewed vigour from the team, and obviously the day was won. Huzzah and commiserations all around!
Overall, it's not quite Marvel calibre, but I've always been more of a Marvel fan over DC. No beef between the two, I just like and know Marvel more. That's it. I think the DC Cinematic Universe is starting to find its place on-screen and I do actually look forward to more films. Hopefully they'll improve and we'll eventually get to Thor: Ragnarok quality. Remember that we went through some thirty years of shit Marvel films before Iron Man in his current iteration ever graced the screen. So, let's give it time and hope for the best. OH! Two scenes in the credits worth staying for. Enjoy!