I would like to thank Warner Bros. for allowing me to watch and review this film. Spoiler Review will be March 19 on The Film Optix Podcast
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Writers: Chris Terrio, Will Beall & Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck & Gal Gadot
Synopsis: Zack Snyder’s definitive director’s cut of Justice League. Determined to ensure Superman’s ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of meta-humans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.
After four drawn-out years, Zack Snyder returns to the DC extended universe to complete his vision of Justice League. I’m going, to be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition left a sour taste in my mouth which led me to believe that Zack’s version of Justice League wasn’t going to turn a lot of heads. I had to remind myself that this film isn’t for the general audience or critics. It’s for the fans that made Zack’s dream a reality.
For a film with a four-hour run time, the story is paced out very well. The 6 chapters in total vary in length, but I found that the title cards for each chapter will aid those who are not used to watching a film of this length. Zack made it very easy for the general audience to digest as the film progresses. Four hours is a long time for a fan to binge it all in one sitting, so I suggest taking breaks when you can.
There is a coherent narrative between Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League which fans will enjoy. The movie feels like it went back to its roots with Man Of Steel. It’s filled with more wondrous heartfelt moments, and is action-packed, which will keep fans engaged. Unfortunately, the general audience will be disoriented thinking it’s a standalone movie if they are throwing this on for a Saturday night in.
The aspect ratio could be confusing for the casual audience as well. In an article with IGN Zack Snyder explained, “My intent was to have the movie, the entire film, play in a gigantic 1:43 aspect ratio on a giant IMAX screen.” He goes on the say that, “Superheroes tend to be, as figures, they tend to be less horizontal. Maybe Superman when he’s flying. But when he’s standing, he’s more of a vertical. Everything is composed and shot that way, and a lot of the restoration is sort of trying to put that back. Put these big squares back. … It’s a completely different aesthetic. It’s just got a different quality and one that is unusual. No one’s doing that.” I was not a fan of the decision at first but after viewing it first hand I understand his thought process.
The main issue I had with this film was Ezra Miller as The Flash. I adored his contribution to the plot but I did not find that his banter landed with the dialogue of the rest of the cast. Aside from that the chemistry of the cast is stronger than it’s ever been. Ray Fisher receives more screen time and is vital to the plot, and the score is one of my favorite aspects of this film. The immersion it contributes has a poetic approach.
Final Thoughts: This film is a fantasy made genuine for earnest fans and tells a well-paced spellbinding tale of the age of heroes. Now that I have witnessed Snyder’s intuition I would not be opposed if the Snyder-verse was restored. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is set to debut on March 18th via HBO Max.
MY SCORE: B+