Okay, I’m going to have a real hard time gushing about the positives of this movie without going into spoilers. So… I’ll try to mark them.
Suicide Squad was an abomination. BvS had it’s good moments, but the trailers spoiling the ending and the horrible casting and directing of Lex Luthor ruined that entire movie for me. Wonder Woman was great and gave me hope for Justice League.
Literally before it began, I turned to my buddy and said, “please be good, please be good, please be good.” And after the movie… I said, “Bring on Flashpoint!”
The ONLY negative I have concerning this film, is the same complaint I have against Wonder Woman: A boring, CGI villain with one goal and purpose and zero personality. Also, ::SPOILER:: no cameo from a Green Lantern at the end. ::END SPOILER:: But that was a pipe dream anyhow.
Now onto the spoiler-filled positives.
This movie was good for the entire first half. Not amazing or fantastic, but good. It had cool scenes with Batman and Aquaman and Wonder Woman all fighting on their own. And then a moment when they get together and fight for a bit and it was good. Some cheesy lines, some odd exposition about some family in the middle of nowhere, whatever. It wasn’t Suicide Squad. And then that moment. Superman is back… and fighting the “Justice League” cuz he doesn’t fully remember who he is or whatever. And The Flash is speeding past him to get behind him… and Superman’s eye just turns towards him. Then his whole head moves and just gives The Flash the meanest death glare ever and in that one moment, this movie went from good to great. And it stayed great the entire rest of the film. When Superman finally returns… it’s SUPERMAN. Not the Man of Steel, not some brooding alien outcast, it’s truth, justice and the American way Superman. Sure, the final fight became anti-climactic once he started wailing on Steppenwolf, but this was the team I’ve wanted to see in a movie my entire life. And then it shows Wonder Woman battling crooks and camaraderie between Bruce and Clark and Superman challenging the Flash to a race and them setting up a Hall of Justice and it just gave me so much hope for the entire franchise. I want this to do well enough at the box office, so they can take the ending of this movie and make an ENTIRE movie out of it.
Cyborg wasn’t the CGI eyesore I was worried he’d be. He actually had a personality and was a worthwhile character. Aquaman was kinda funny, but had some groan-worthy lines. His dialogue needs some adjusting, but as a character overall, he worked. The Flash was—by far—my favorite part. Batman was brooding and seemed old and tired, but… he is old in this movie. Wonder Woman was great and Superman was back. His scenes were so well done… I know others have made jokes about his CGI upper lip, but I didn’t even notice… I just enjoyed what they did with his character.
And the music. There are hints of 1988 Batman and 1976 Superman in there… and it all worked. Fantastic score!
The heroes are FINALLY the way they should be.
Now… If DC can get their “Loki” or even their “Hela” then they’ve got all the ingredients to make an awesome sequel.
128 Batarangs out of 146 “My Man’s”