Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ – Does it live up to the Hype? Read my review and find out!

30-Second Review!

As a comic book fan or movie lover you can’t ask for anything more! Epic, Daring, action-packed and emotionally fulfilling – comic book storytelling doesn’t much better than this! Zack Snyder delivers And THEN SOME! 4-hours flew by with each episodic chapter. I actually wanted more! 😀

FULL REVIEW:

I FRIGGIN’ LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! 😀 😀 😀

THIS is what superhero movies are all about! Justice League: The Snyder Cut (from now on ‘Snyder Cut’) is everything we wanted and didn’t know we wanted in a JL movie! (more on That later…). Zack Snyder was already my hero for bringing Frank Miller’s ‘300’ to glorious life, so anything else he does is just extra icing.

Snyder Cut is a monumental Labor of Love to all of comic book Fandom/Geekdom and really, just filmmaking in general. Everything on the cutting floor added BACK to the original vision and it all worked perfectly! This is what fanboys and girls talk about within our ciphers, adapting comic books in our head (“Oooo, wouldn’t it be cool if THIS happened?!”

In a perfect world, movie studios and Executives green-light adaptations and hand the reins over to the TRUE auteurs and let them totally Geek out! Usually the results work (see, Deadpool and also The Russo Brothers)

But honestly, the Snyder Cut is also a somber love letter to Zack Snyder’s daughter Autumn, who tragically committed suicide back in 2017… while Zack was filming the original Justice League. See, it was Snyder’s sudden departure that brought in Joss Whedon, who ultimately trimmed JL down to the bare bones and stripped away most of Zack’s original vision. 

The truth is, Snyder Cut should have been DC’s answer to Avengers: Infinity War/ Avengers: Endgame – one massive story broken into two historical box office-crushing events! Keeping with DC Infinite Crisis’ tradition, Imagine an alternate reality where Warner Bros did this the RIGHT way – and Justice League was released as a 2-part saga – (my working titles) Justice League, Vol 1: Dark Ascension & Justice League, Vol 2: The Age of Heroes – or something similar. 

We are talking easily $1.5B in box office per movie! Instead we got a major misstep (and financial disaster) followed by this, an insanely awesome correction!

But before I continue gushing over how COLOSSAL Snyder Cut is – I have to say this: The DCEU is a really, really dark and dreary place. I mean…how many different shades of gun-metal/concrete gray are there?! LOL  Right now, Batman is the tone-setter for the entire DC Universe and that is just TOO much grim and brooding all the frickin time! (the new ‘The Batman’ movie goes even grimier!).

 Keep in mind, we MIGHT be getting a Batman Who Laughs on screen within a few years – and things will get unbearably DARKER. Before that happens, DC Comics needs to lighten things up! (and no Harley Quinn doesn’t count)

The DCEU is lacking their version of Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man/Wasp. Something family-friendly and Fun, without a hint of F-Bombs. Throw in some colorful capers and comedy sprinkled in between all the brooding and multiple Crises. 

…what I’m saying is: We NEED A PLASTIC-MAN movie!! 😀 (okay I got that out of my system lol)

Back to Snyder Cut 🙂

Smartly, the Snyder Cut is broken down into 6 chapters, each only 40-minutes. This format feels more like Netflix binging and less like sitting through a continuous 4-hour movie (Tarantino did something similar with ‘The Hateful Eight’)

At this pace, Snyder could develop every crucial part of the story and give each hero plenty of screen-time. This format decision worked particularly well for TWO reasons:

1) A vastly improved Victor Stone storyline became a tota scene-stealer!  I absolutely LOVED CYBORG! 

2) The Flash became more of his own persona and less of ‘I still rather see Grant Gustin’ lol

The last 2 chapters, especially bringing Superman BACK to life and everything that followed, was one big ‘WOW!’ moment. I admit I got emotionally caught up and did a lot of cheering and yelling and applauding! 😛

 The Epilogue Nightmare Chapter itself stands alongside the closing minutes of ‘Rogue One: a Star Wars Story’  as one of the greatest ‘OH SHIT THAT JUST HAPPENED’ :O moments in movie history. I loved the expanded/add-on version (you gotta see to believe)

Overall – Snyder Cut wins on sheer magnitude alone! This is comic book movie nirvana, full of high-octane action and emotional heft! A fanboy’s wet dream of completism. It is an undeniable Classic, and yet… it falls juuuust short of being PERFECT. There are micro-points keeping it from that pinnacle. Unlike Marvel Studios’ epic 22-movie, 13-year run,  Snyder Cut lacks the cohesive buildup to such a monumental moment. The version exists within its own vacuum of amazing, without an ‘Iron Man’ to bookend it. (Tony Stark died and stayed dead.)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is an absolute MUST SEE movie! Don’t let the 4-hr time throw you off. It flies by on a lazy weekend afternoon. It’s designed for us Binge-babies. 

You’ll enjoy every minute of it. 🙂

RATING:

4.5/5 stars

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