Poignant and grown-up at the same time as embodying the irreverent fun of a Lego adventure. The whole cast of DC villains is here, along with a few from other franchises (Harry Potter, Dr Who, etc). Fun movie with a heart and a message.
Disjointed in places, and seeming to need to embrace modern memes or pop culture references instead of better writing that would be more relevant to the alternate universe. Racial stereotypes abound in this movie, which is often common in fantasy stories but feels less appropriate in a modern setting and especially so with today’s movement towards better inclusivity.
A lot of the details seem left out also, reasons why things are happening – all the stuff you need to spend time on to build a cohesive world framework – in favour of the buddy-cops-in-over-their-heads motif which pervades the film. You have the “bent cop” sequence (human), the “ninja assassins” (elves), the “criminal gang lair” (orcs) strung together with either chase or hide-and-seek sequences.
After a disjointed start, it settles into a watchable action/thriller yet occasionally leaves you wondering what just happened only to carry on regardless. Naturally, it wraps up nicely for our heroes and sets the scene for more outings with the Brights.
Hopefully, it may spend a bit more time on each of the races, break down the stereotypes and spend more time explaining some of the details. It may then stand on the shoulders of this “welcome to Bright” movie.
It looks like Deadpool is getting more integrated into the MCU with this instalment in the series. It kept the elements that worked in the first one and fine tuned them to feel more polished. Yes, the humour was often puerile; Yes, the violence was often graphic; Yes, the action sequences were as you’d expect. And, it gave us glimpses into mutant correction facilities we don’t hear about elsewhere (aside from maybe Agents of SHIELD on TV) which could open a new roster of villains for Phase 4, and kept a cohesive plot with developed character arcs and a grounded story of human choice which can be summarised in the old Cherokee Proverb about “The Wolf You Feed”:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
In my view, I thought this movie was better than the first and, with the post-credits scenes, we see how the events in this movie could easily tie in to Avengers 4 depending on which rumours you want to believe about how the Avengers “fix” “that” ending in Infinity War.
As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.
Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.
We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).
Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.