Visually stunning. The story was better than I had expected as it kept me engaged for the run-time, but it was so over-the-top that it’s not surprising to see DC needing to review its ongoing slate 😉
I enjoyed the movie but thought it could have been better. My main gripe was when Aries spontaneously appeared for the final smack-down with Wonder Woman towards the end of the movie.
There were so many opportunities for the film to hint at his hand throughout (rather than just hearing Diana tell us that Aries was behind the war), and so many squandered opportunities for both of them to posture throughout the script, that it felt quite odd for him to suddenly appear in the watchtower and then escalate into the atypical DCEU smackdown-of-the-gods as we have seen before. We also saw some of the standard tropes during the movie in the exposition dialogue (“is that all you’ve got” et al) which felt like more work could have been done, even though it still stands above the Justice League work by far.
Gal Gadot’s performance was excellent and the script was well grounded throughout the rest of the film which gave it a more human element than other DCEU scripts have had. It was more relatable and her “fish out of water” performance was funny. Themyscira (her island home) was also beautifully rendered.
Superhero movies are everywhere these days, but I find ones that deal with god-like beings more challenging because they are an ‘outside context problem’ for mere mortals. Marvel has taken much of the god-like stuff off-world, isolating it in context from humanity, which makes it more engaging. Marvel also has a cast of superheroes who aren’t all god-like beings but are instead humans with augmented abilities which can make it easier to write relatable stories, and also more vulnerable as characters.
I don’t find it surprising that Warner Brothers has chosen now to focus more on individual films (the DCU) rather than trying to run with an integrated universe from the get-go (the DCEU) and I think the slow and steady approach that worked with Marvel will benefit them. Assuming the superhero genre remains popular in the long term!
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.
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.
This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.
I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).
However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!
Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.
Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element. All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.
Well, started much as a CG cut-scene might in a video game. Then carried on, so I gave up. There wasn’t anything to grab you in this movie unless watching video games is your thing. I may have persevered a few years ago but my films need to show more intelligence and finesse.