Movie Review: Cinema Cindy Reviews Justice League

by Staff Reporter / Nov 23, 2017 / comments

Movie Review: Cinema Cindy Reviews Justice League

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

 “Justice League” is the latest DC Comics’ film, uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. The only one missing is Superman. In fact, since the death of Superman (in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), a door has opened for evil; the world has become more chaotic. Criminals are bolder, good people no longer believe in themselves, working for “law and order” seems a losing battle. Early scenes in the movie depict the chaos: poignantly, a homeless man is shown sitting against a building holding a hand-written sign that says, simply, “I tried.”

Into this vacuum flies an ancient super-villain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds in motion-capture effect), surrounded by flying “parademons” who feed on fear. It seems that Steppenwolf’s goal is to destroy the Earth; thus, it will take all the metahumans that Batman and Wonder Woman can recruit to save humanity.

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The film opens with Batman (Ben Affleck) battling a parademon on a rooftop in Gotham City. Meanwhile, in London, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is saving hostages from a bomb. When she sees on television a signal from the Amazons, she understands that the ancient villain, Steppenwolf, has returned and has renewed his attempt at a reign of terror. One reviewer puts it this way, “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.” (IMDb) To this reviewer’s eyes, it is Wonder Woman who understands the ultimate goal of this enemy; it is she that brings enlightenment to Bruce Wayne. Either way, their new Justice League partners bring skills and back stories to intrigue us. (On the other hand, these additional personal details do tend to confuse the flow of the action.)

Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, and Batman/Bruce Wayne, search out other humans with superpowers who might help them save the planet. Wayne goes to Scandinavia in search of Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), a tatooed hulk of a man who lives in the oceans. Diana sets up a clandestine meeting with Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher), whose scientist father saved him by mutating him with android features. Bruce finds the lightning fast metahuman, The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), and easily recruits him to their cause. Together, they form the Justice League and the battle is engaged. But they still need Superman to bring the Good back into the world. As Lois Lane writes after it is all over, “There are heroes among us. Not to make us feel smaller, but to remind us of what makes us great.”

As is usual in superhero movies these days, there are many inside jokes and unexplained back stories which the true comic book fans in the audience will understand. For the rest of us, there are many funny lines of dialogue in this film; that and the special effects and action will keep our interest. The film is at least entertaining, but not the best movie we have ever seen of this genre. Justice League is “Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.” In fact, the whole back of the theater was filled with young teens when we were there opening night.