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MOVIE REVIEW: “JUSTICE LEAGUE” – A Beacon of Hope

A long time ago, the internet was a very reliable source for almost anything. Once you typed a question into the Google search field, you were certain what you got back was an accurate response from the all-knowing gods of the World Wide Web. Then the internet became too accessible and just about any idiot with a good internet connection and a laptop could upload anything for the public’s consumption.

Many of us however, fail to acknowledge that the era of internet credibility is long gone. The internet now is vast sea of fake news and meaningless opinions from fanatics and haters alike. Fake news and these nonsensical opinions play for both sides as some stand to majorly benefit and others to majorly lose.

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Zack Snyder’s latest creation from DC Comics, “Justice league.”

This is precisely how one can describe the internet’s relationship with Zack Snyder’s latest creation from DC Comics, “Justice League.” Many have hated it, they say DC has failed to find it’s footing in this superhero movies venture, and with Justice League, I mostly disagree with that.

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Justice League” is easily the best DC movie yet. “Wonder Woman” should be, but the whole World War concept at this point is unfeignedly played out. Wonder Woman was absolutely great and anyone that says its DC’s best movie will have me agree without much resistance. This is because from their perspective, I can honestly understand why. After the disaster that was “Batman vs. Superman,” Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” was a breath of fruity fresh air.

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“Wonder Woman” was a breath of fruity fresh air.

What makes Justice League the spectacle it is, is the new direction DC took. Without losing their identity, they were able to channel “Justice League” in direction that catered for a new audience. An audience that likes a bit of fun and excitement in their life (read Marvel fans.)

DC is dark. We love that that’s how they have chosen to identify themselves. But sometimes, it’s too dark, and as humans who have happiness and fun as one of the biggest priorities on our life’s journeys, this darkness sometimes becomes hard to relate with.

Justice League, surprisingly, is darkness we accept and can totally relate with. And that is the Joss Whedon effect. Joss Whedon stepped in to complete Justice League when Zack Snyder had to take time off after the daughter, Autumn Snyder died in March.

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Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon

And the Joss Whedon effect brings the much craved momentaneous humor. Justice League is darkness with a splash of light. Ezra Miller (The Flash) was hilarious. This makes the movie a serious affair that takes time off to remind you that there is always something to laugh about.

The action is not delayed this time. Straight into the movie, they start you off by showing you what the daily lives of our heroes are like. Kicking ass and saving lives, dodging bullets and stopping bad guys, hell yeah! This is assuredly the A-Team of the DC Extended Universe.

And this is brilliantly done too. It is not as tiring as it was in “Suicide Squad.” Justice League employs sentiment to introduce our heroes to us and from as early as this point, they have your psychological attention. You feel like DC is no longer trying to be that boyfriend that is not emotionally invested in the relationship. For once, he is being emotional and not faking that hardcore vibe every pretend-to-be-hardcore guy wants to be all about.

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Ben Affleck finally reached his full potential as Batman.

People act tough because they think it’s cool. Sure, it probably is. But Batman is telling Jokes and Superman is smiling, and it isn’t so bad. Even with this, they still are pretty damn hardcore. The epitome of toughness.

The entire cast is well suited for their roles, I will not even get into this. The casting was absolutely great and, Ben Affleck finally reached his full potential as Batman. Seeing him finally get a commanding grip on Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman brought inexplicable satisfaction.

The Zack Snyder touch is all over the film, obviously. And this time, I loved it. I loved it very much in fact. The combination with Joss Whedon gave birth to relationship that could propel the future of DC to the long awaited success. That’s if they are paired together for another project. Their different styles of creativity fused to give us the perfectly modulated experience of both worlds.

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They remarkably used their abilities compensate for the limitations of the other team members.

Of course we expected better! Its JUSTICE Mother f’n LEAGUE for God’s sake. But we cannot rubbish this rattling effort as another poorly executed job by DC or Zack Snyder. The fight scenes are great, very long, graphically vivid, and this time, very memorable. Oh boy! I think back at some scenes and its ass whooping well handed. The dialogue is much better given the hint of humor, and the characters get along acceptably well.

I’ve resisted the inevitable urge to bring an Avengers comparison here, but well, it’s just not possible. Thus, the characters don’t quite complement each other like their competition on the Marvel pool of the superhero business. The chemistry is rather questionable off battle. On battle however, they remarkably used their abilities compensate for the limitations of the other team members.

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They remarkably used their abilities compensate for the limitations of the other team members.

The plot is thick enough to propel the movie to a long interesting future. The characters are amazing, Jason Momoa (Aquaman) was great, and the “facts” that lead to the team coming together are justifiable. Expecting Justice League to be a lot better than what they delivered is the reason many viewers say it was a painful appalling experience. These expectations blind you from all the good that was achieved with this movie.

Wholesomely, Justice League was good. There is so much to criticize, but there is so much that has improved. The improvement is so good it makes the movie a genuinely refreshing experience. It allows you so many good moments, you can let the many, many, many… flaws slide.

Overall Out of 5: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Ian Paul Byamugisha

is a writer/author/novelist and car journalist. As a writer for Newslibre, he writes car reviews, cars news, tech news and anything that one might find interesting to read. Currently working on a spy novel collection titled “Arthur Vintage.”

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