Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenplay: Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon
Length: 120 minutes
Justice League are the DC Comics superhero team and this is the fifth instalment in the DC Extended Universe.
Superman (Cavill) is dead. Earth is open to attack from alien would-be conquerers. Steppenwolf (Hinds) comes to Earth to try to find three ‘Mother Boxes’ and generally reek havoc. Batman (Affleck) is wise to his trickery and sets up a team of super-heroes to stop him… Enter the Justice League.
It’s a strange team up really…. Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and (new to most viewers unacquainted with the comics - Cyborg. But team up they do in order to do battle with Steppenwolf - ridiculous name.
Zack Snyder is always a safe pair of hairs to direct a superhero movie and the screenplay is by Joss Whedon who is noted for his contributions to this genre. Whilst his comic interplay between characters has never been better than his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly he is still an excellent writer and Flash does get some funny lines.
That said, as Snyder was forced to leave some of the direction to Whedon when he had a family tragedy of his own to deal with, it might be fair to say that the film ends up feeling a little uneven.
As for the cast, we’ve seen a few of them in solo outings already. Gal Gadot was especially impressive as Wonder Woman. Here we’re introduced to Ezra Miller as an enthusiastic, but rather geeky Flash. He’s fun and he’s an actor that I’ve enjoyed watching on TV shows, so I’m glad to see him get a chance at a big role like this. He performs well. Likewise, Jason Momoa performs well as Aquaman despite the character being a bit corny.
Overall, whilst Justice League has it’s flaws, it also has fun action, some good interplay between the characters and is fairly entertaining throughout. It’s a bit long at two hours so it drags a little at times, but mostly it’s the sort of superhero action that we have come to expect. And although you’ll hear that it’s not as good as Marvel’s films, I have to say that I didn’t think too much of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
The 4KHD image looks as sharp as you would expect from this format that offers four times the amount of pixels than normal HD. It’s crisp and clear with fantastic colours and amazing contrast.