The social media embargo for Warner Bros. ambitious superhero team-up film Justice League (JL) has been lifted and the reviews are in. While social media continues to buzz with mostly positive reviews, critics have mixed opinion on the highly anticipated DC film.
There is a lot riding on the shoulders of DC, director Zack Snyder and the entire JL team when it finally hits the theater this Friday. Trade analysts foresee an opening of 110-$120 million in North America alone. However, good reviews and warm audience response is critical too in ensuring that the film is a global success.
While many critics are talking about the many ‘imperfections’ in the characters and the plot, one tends to wonder why it needs to be perfect in the first place? Though the film seems to get rough around the edges, it is undoubtedly a wonderful, wild, and colorful world loaded with humor and fun that Warner Bros. have created.
While critics might choose to get into the nitty-gritty’s of the film, Justice League will most likely be loved and enjoyed by fans and general moviegoers. The many adorable characters along with loads of action, hope, and tons of fun elements make Justice League an extremely enjoyable ride. There is also a special Batman scene for all die-hard fans of Ben Affleck. The little mess and flaw can be easily overlooked as the funny, inspiring and adventurous superhero romp which helps you enjoy each and every superhero in the team.
The audience reaction will be known only when the film hits the theaters this weekend. As of now, see what the critics have to say about JL:
In the end, though, there is something ponderous and cumbersome about Justice League; the great revelation is very laborious and solemn and the tiresome post-credits sting is a microcosm of the film’s disappointment. Some rough justice is needed with the casting of this franchise.
The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less. If fans get excited about it, that may mostly be because they’re excited about getting excited. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.
I’m happy to say, fans on both sides of the DCEU debate will get plenty of what they hope for, while mainstream audiences are definitely going to be perhaps the most all-around pleased and enthusiastic about Justice League. It offers average movie-goers the sort of chest-swelling sense of heroism and pure joyful entertainment they love and reward with their hard-earned dollars at the box office.
Justice League is a movie that’s begging you to forget everything that didn’t’ work in the previous DCEU films as it vigorously smashes the reset button. And trying to hit that reset makes sense, but promising intentions don’t make Justice League a better movie. Instead of being a triumphant story where your favorite DC superheroes get to shine in a thrilling adventure, Justice League is a film that’s both cleaning up what came before and laying track for what comes next.
For a scene that risible to end up in a $300 million blockbuster is no mean feat – but Justice League is a mess in ways cheaper productions could only dream about. A post-credits scene dutifully teases more to come, but the film’s heart just isn’t in it. After Justice League, there’s nowhere else any of this can go.
Warner Bros. doesn’t seem to have settled on a consistent tone — or even a range of tones — for their superhero epics in the way that their distinguished competition at Marvel has, but what works here comes very close to overpowering all the things that don’t.
Perhaps the Justice League franchise really has been rotten from the start, experiencing not evolution but entropy, with Wonder Woman standing as an anomalous glimmer of false hope. I could be projecting, but boy does poor Gal Gadot look so sad in Justice League, watching this lumbering and witless movie lay waste to the nice thing she just got finished making. It really is a shame. What a dumb irony, to end this movie, of all movies, on a note of bitter injustice like that.
First, the good news. Justice League is better than its joylessly somber dress rehearsal, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now the “but”…you knew there was a “but” coming, right? But it also marks a pretty steep comedown from the giddy highs of Wonder Woman.
Justice League releases in theaters on November 17.
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