|Posted: 17 November 2017 at 8:20pm | IP Logged | 3
I'm a rare bird, like Roger Ebert - I love movies and don't like to not like the ones I see. I used to always marvel at how Ebert would find something good in the movies he discussed, while his partner Siskel (I'm old), always complained. I think Siskel would have fit in perfect in our miserable Internet age.
I went into Justice League with low expectations. Like most of us, I am a fan of the Marvel movies and Netflix shows but save for Wonder Woman, generally don't enjoy much of the DC movies. Clearly they have Dark Knight-itis and for some odd reason cater to the ugly in life, whereas Marvel tries to let moviegoers have fun.
The Justice League trailers did nothing for me and I felt myself wondering why they had to kill Superman only to pretend he was dead and wouldn't be part of the Justice League. Why intentionally limit your marketing capabilities? Wouldn't Superman standing beside Wonder Woman (and to a lesser extent Batman and the rest) make for a great poster? And more entertaining trailers? Clearly DC is shooting itself in the foot, for whatever reason.
As the reviews came out, some very bad, I wasn't at all surprised. They were going to get my money no matter what they put on the screen for 2 reasons - my lifelong love of comics and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. So seeing the movie today, I assumed I'd get some wonderful Wonder Woman butt kicking and her occasional jaw dropping smile and it would be money well spent. Well, I got that - and a bit more.
If you go into the movie with reasonable or even low expectations, the movie will surprise you - a little. It's not great. It's not Wonder Woman. It's not Marvel but it has moments. Sure, it takes a bit to get going. Sure Aquaman is a Rob Zombie-like bro who rarely is in the water. Sure Flash isn't really Barry Allen that we all know but...
Henry Cavill is doing his best to muster up Superman and I'd say in this movie and his last one, he's pretty good. His return is inspiring and he definitely portrays power as well as goodness. What? Light? Goodness? Superman? Well, at least to me he did. I'd like to see he and Wonder Woman on the screen more. Two gods.
I'm not an Affleck Batman fan but he was pretty good here. The kid who plays Flash is a very good actor and likable. Again, not really Barry Allen but it works. I'm old, again, so Cyborg is a Teen Titan to me but he came across well. Aquaman was the only one I had a problem with really, not any Arthur Curry I grew up with and please, some Aquaman stuff? Water? Fish?
They (spoilers already announced) hint at the Green Lanterns so I'd like to see some more of the faces they show in the DC pre film credit sequence. Add Hal Jordan, add Hawkman, add the Martian Manhunter, add the Atom.
I think if you want to enjoy yourself, you'll find stuff to enjoy. If you want to Siskel it and be unhappy, you'll point to the CGI, etc. and make yourself miserable. I suggest getting away from the problems of our world - the Trump nightmare, the gropers and accusations, etc. and just go with it. You may just be surprised.