Let me premise this review with I am not a comic-reading individual. My knowledge of the Justice League characters come from Saturday morning cartoons (35+ years ago) and various movies that I have seen over the years.
That being said, last night I took my 11-year old daughter to see the Justice League movie. It wasn’t a movie I would have gone to on my own. I’ve never been a comic book fan or even cared about the different aspects of the progression of say, Superman or Batman.
Without having multiple backstories, character knowledge or development, we enjoyed the movie. I won’t go into too many details, as I won’t be a spoiler to those who have yet to see the movie.
I would actually give the movie 4 out of 5 stars. Hold your horses comic lovers. My rating is based on the following criteria: My 11-year old LOVED the movie, there was humor and lots of action. The special effects were well done (imo). There was even a point, some aspects of the special effects reminded me of a comic book.
The Flash was a socially-awkward teenager, who brought hilarity to his role. His facial expressions and comments really added some great humor.
Wonder Woman was my daughter’s favorite. There was a scene with the Amazon’s fighting the villain, and my daughter leaned over to whisper, “Those are my kind of women”. Ok, so fictional women of great strength and capabilities empowered my daughter to where she could appreciate them; I’ll take that as a win.
My favorite was Aquaman. Considering my only previous reference to him was a cartoon, he was given a major “upgrade”. A buffed, tattooed, long-haired Atlantean, played by Jason Momoa, was what got me through this movie! I’m not sure why it wasn’t called, “Aquaman & Friends”. I digress…back to the review….
Cyborg, Superman and Batman were ok; nothing special to report on them.
The reason the movie didn’t get 5 stars, was it did drag a bit; even with all the action-filled comedy. The other reason was, Ben Affleck is a believable Bruce Wayne, but he really isn’t a good Batman. I was never a fan of all the Batman movies and the endless, changing Batmans. I saw the first Batman, with Michael Keaton, and that’s good enough for me. There’s just no pizzazz. If it wasn’t for the Justice League having Batman in the comics and whatever rivalry there was between him and Superman, the movie could probably exist without him.
The other minor issue I had was Diane Lane as Superman’s mother. She’s a good actress, and even though she’s aged to where she could play the part of a mom, she’ll always be, ‘Cherry Vance’, from the “Outsiders”. I know most of this movie’s demographic, has no idea of “The Outsiders, primarily because it was made before they were born, but it was a small distraction to me.
Overall, it was enjoyable. The storyline they used was acceptable, to non-comic following fans. Add the the fact we paid less than $8.00 for two tickets, with AT&T’s, “Bring a Friend” Tuesdays, the popcorn was 50% off, we had a nice night for a mother and daughter making memories over Marvel’s, Justice League.