Graphic Novel (Film) Review 279/365: Justice League

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We are less than one week away from Infinity War, so this coming week, I’m going to be bringing you heroes of all sorts.  And today, I wanted to get into the mood by watching a hero film that I had yet to see: Justice League.

Title: Justice League 

Author(s): Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon

Publisher: Atlas Entertainment (2017)

Age Rating: 13+

I do not have tickets for Infinity War.  I will not be buying tickets before the day I see it.  Actually, I’m a little burned out on hero films, and in all honesty, I’m afraid Infinity War will be more of the same.  With that said, I do enjoy the Marvel films more than the DC films.  I think the DC films over the past few years have been a sort of running joke, and none of them have been better than the worst Marvel film…with possibly Wonder Woman being the exception, but every time I watch it I find more wrong with it.

So sitting down in my living room today to finally watch Justice League had a bit of a tingle run up my spine because I was excited; either I would enjoy it, or it would be so bad…I would enjoy it.

Well, it was neither.  It wasn’t terrible enough to really laugh at it, but it wasn’t good enough for me to call it a good film.

And I thought the acting/casting was well done.  The Flash, played by Ezra Miller, was a refreshing jolt into a rather lifeless film.  Even Aquaman, Cyborg, and Batman held their own in the film when on-screen, at least at times when the writing wasn’t completely cringe-worthy.  Dude, this script was not good.  OK at best.  I had the same issues with Suicide Squad and Batman Vs. Superman: I wanted two hours with the script after watching the film to fix some glaring issues, and I know making a film isn’t easy, but Justice League had a $300,000,000.00 budget!  You can’t tell me that none of the $3000,000,000.00 could have gone to someone to clean this thing up?  Which makes me think that the studio doesn’t even really care about the final product.  They know that a crap sandwich with Batman will make $600,000,000.00, so why try?  It’s the same reason the Chicago Cubs were bad for so long.  And it’s the reason I will not fork out cash to see the DC films in the theater.

I do not illegally stream or download my films either; I rented it on-demand.  So there!  I know how much goes into making a film.  Please don’t illegally stream movies. Pay for them.  Even the crappy ones.  Keep money flowing into the industry, so we have more movies to complain about!

If I can quote my students: “In conclusion,” I’m sort of excited about Infinity War; Justice League was poorly written; I’m really looking forward to hero week!  I know my Justice League review is months too late…deal with it; I’m a busy guy.

If I can quote Cyborg: “Boo-ya!” #smh

Happy reading (watching)!

Eric

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