Justice League entertains audience


Josh Rosenstein, Staff Writer

Justice League, DC Comic’s most recent major production, is a plot-heavy, action-packed film. Directed by Zack Snyder, and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, the movie builds off DC’s previous film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Superman (Henry Cavill) supposedly dies after fighting side by side with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). After Superman’s death, Planet Earth becomes vulnerable to an inevitable attack. Consequently, an extraterrestrial invasion ensues, and threatens to destroy the entire planet.

With an alien invasion on the horizon, Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, senses the trouble and decides to create a team of super powered meta-humans that have a fighting chance to save the planet. Already along for the fight, Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince, helps recruit members that Bruce has already selected. Bruce seeks to add to his team the Flash (Ezra Miller), who is Barry Allen to the outside world, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), whose alter ego is Arthur Curry, and Cyborg, whose real name is Victor Stone (Ray Fisher).

Each of these heroes gets an opportunity at the beginning of the film to display their powers. As Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg all showcase their abilities, the audience licks their lips as they anticipate the action that is sure to come in the remainder of the movie. As not to disappoint, the newly formed Justice League is tasked with stopping the evil, world-conquering, Steppenwolf (voice of Ciarán Hinds), a powerful beast determined to destroy Earth.

Caused by his guilt of the death of Superman, Bruce Wayne’s serious and brooding personality definitely disappoints viewers and takes away from the thrilling tone of the rest of the movie.

Although previously introduced in “Batman v Superman”, Diana Prince takes on a larger role in “Justice League” and impresses the audience with her compassionate, yet strong persona. As a new character, Barry Allen is one of the few very entertaining parts of the movie as his youthfulness and inexperience lead to comical, out of place remarks that force the audience to laugh. Arthur Curry is an interesting character who is a tough, forceful Atlantean who is truly soft on the inside and wants to help others.

Lastly, Victor Stone is relatable for many people, as he becomes a misfit in society after an accident in a lab where he becomes half machine, capable of obtaining any information he desires.

Even though the movie follows the typical “villain tries to destroy the world” storyline, DC excites the audience with almost nonstop action that makes the film enjoyable.

The use of digital effects makes the movie visually engaging and worth watching. The newly formed team is constantly adapting and proves that it is a force to be reckoned with, and it is certainly capable of being the center of another DC film to come. Although DC has been critiqued in the past for poor movies that contain chaotic plot and uncreative action, I believe that “Justice League” does not fit these criticisms and is an entertaining movie.

Rating: 6/10