Justice League movie review: An ugly, pathetic mess
Justice League movie review: An ugly, pathetic mess

Justice League is one of the worst movies of the year. Directed by Zack Snyder, and Joss Whedon, who had to step up after Snyder left, it strands its talented actors in a messy narrative, rife with cheap, disrespectful jokes and ugly CGI effects which tell you that the movie was shot on a green screen. The plot, as it is, revolves around the rising of the Steppenwolf and another end of the world scenario, which causes, Bruce Wayne, aka Batman (a dead eyed Ben Affleck) to team up with Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, the only bright spot in this mess) to find other, super-powered being who can help them save the world. Joining the league are The Flash (Ezra Miller, trying and failing), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa, very good) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher, trying and succeeding minimally). There’s also Lois Lane (Amy Adam, wasted) and Superman (Henry Cavill), though, his story begins later in the movie until it hijacks the narrative.

The movie looks ugly, with plastic CGI and tons of edits and slow motion in action pieces that look as if the screen is shuddering or static is interfering. There are few jokes and banter, and Gal Gadot remains the shining beacon of hope for the movie and the world itself,  but some of the scenes, surely re-shot by Whedon, border on clumsy, and the humor remains cheesy and sometimes offensive.

The movie could’ve been better if the makers really trusted the audiences, that they’re able to engage with the the plot and characters, however complex they are. But, guess there’s only so much intelligence and wit one can stuff into a movie before pointing the camera to another senseless action sequence.