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Justice League  : Just Deserts Served Without A High
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Zack Snyder
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane

When Zack Snyder of Batman Vs Superman fame stepped down midwayafter a personal tragedy and Joss Whedon who helmed The Avengers took it to its completion, one would’ve imagined that a super duper super hero movie would be the outcome.


But, although Snyder gets solo credit as director and Whedon finds his name in the writing department, their joint effort is pretty much a super dud. It doesn’t go anywhere near Warner Bros’ last release Wonder Woman which still stands way up on a pedestal.


It’s save the world time once again.The latest threat to our world is fierce Steppenwolf who calls himself ‘end of the world’. He leads a pack of para-demons who feed on fear and he’s here to get his hands on hidden Mother Boxes for ultimate power. Superman is dead, so Bruce Wayne alias Batman whose super power is that he’s super rich, traverses the earth to put together a line-up of superheroes. After due introductions and stories for each, Super Woman orDiana of the Amazons, protector of those who can’t fight, Barry Allen the Flash, Cyborg Vincent Stone and Atlantean Aquaman are all brought on board.


The film holds thus far especially when Aquaman makes his presence felt. There’s quite a bit of fun out there too as punchlines and cheeky putdowns fly around as fast as a hero’s fists. But the script can’t do without Superman even if actor Henry Cavill is cast with rocklike expressions and girlfriend Amy Adams is well, just a girlfriend around him.


Pretty soon there’s a takeover by the computer graphics department.  Special effects pummel heroes and evil forces endlessly. The unending climax where good finally triumphs over evil is a classic example of overkill by CGI and no-show by the writers.


Barry Allen as the Flash carries a whiff of young student Spidey from Captain America: Civil War with the same eager enthusiasm and non-stop chatter. Hmmm, so even that stuff borrowed from Marvel isn’t refreshing.


Two actors out of the ensemble are watchable. Super Woman Gal Gadot is taut, trim and still warm especially around Bruce Wayne. Jason Mamoa’s tattoos and biceps make him interesting material for a solo show soon.


Good news also comes with the credit scenes. It’s obvious that Superman is still around but Lex Luthor has broken free from jail, so the template for the next Superman vs Luthor is ready. 


But for the moment, for a film that has nothing super new to show, Justice League gets a 2* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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