ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE (2021) Review
Directed by Zack Snyder
I want to start this review sharing to you that I’m happy with the #SnyderCut. Because everything I hated about the 2017 movie was removed and they added scenes which made this 4-hour movie more exciting.
Does the film need to be four hours long? Maybe not. But the thing is, at the end of the movie, it didn’t feel like I watched a four-hour movie. And that’s a good thing.
I was skeptical at first because after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League movie, I wasn’t really interested in the Snyder Cut. The first was too serious it’s almost laughable and the latter felt it was unsure of its treatment, it came out bad. This one knows what it wants to show and how it’s going to be presented.
The film maybe long, but it gave each characters more depth visually and emotionally. I can finally feel something for these characters because their journey doesn’t feel small or something that would just pass, Zack Snyder’s Justice League presents the danger in an epic scale, far scarier than what the 2017 version had, and they don’t joke about it.
But yes, with more than a four-hour runtime, some scenes may feel unnecessary. Some may feel like a tease for something in the future. It really depends on how invested your are with comic book movies, with the vision of the DCEU, with the stars or with its characters.
The change of aspect ratio can be weird and maybe disappointing because you’d want to see more, more of the action, more to look at. But as time goes by, you’ll get used to it. It is longer than most films anyway.
It feels like a necessary version, a film needed to be made to forget the mess the 2017 film was. Not just because it was bad, but also because the 2017 film felt like it was wasting characters that are already established and well-loved by fans of the comic books and of the films. Justice League came after the critically-acclaimed Wonder Woman. And it was disappointing to have seen that character be used for something that felt uninspiring and unexciting.
The teases were somewhat a problem though. They were unnecessary and at times outstayed their welcome, to a point that you’ll think if you should be paying attention to them.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League proved the fans were right. It may not have a solid story or posses something that’s groundbreaking, but it’s more enjoyable than the 2017 movie. It definitely is a far better version which gives these iconic characters respectable storylines and the fans hope for better DCEU films in the future.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ streams on HBO Go in the Philippines starting March 18, 2021.