I feel like I need to take responsibility that it was my idea to watch this film. Mr O and I don’t get loads of time to watch films and we are offered really exhausted in the evenings and not willing to commit to a whole film. On New Years Eve day (not that that is actually a thing) we actually got a day to ourselves. Little O was at nursery from 10 – 3, I was off work and we had no plans so we decided to sit down to a film. I thought Justice League would be fun. I was very wrong.
I very quickly realised that I didn’t care enough to really pay attention to what was going on so this synopsis might be bullshit but I am going to give it a go anyway. Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead and the world is very sad and divided because of it. This means that a big bad called, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds… not the 80’s band… although that would have been a much better film) can now rise up and reunite the “Mother Boxes” with the intention of reduce the world to a hellscape… BECAUSE OF REASONS. Is it just me or is this the plot of every fucking superhero movie? Anyway, Batman (Ben Affleck) figures a hellscape would suck so he and Wonderwoman (Gal Gadot) decide to recruit some reluctant blokes (all blokes of course) with special powers to help them stop Steppenwolf.
So The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) are pretty fun but they aren’t enough to save this tedious, unoriginal drag. While Marvel films tend to have crap bad guys and fairly unambitious plots, they make up for it with humour and interesting characters who have great chemistry. DC hasn’t really got any of these things. The franchise is supposed to be be darker but someow they seem to have interepreted this is bland and flat.
This film is only two hours long but it feels about two days long. Somehow it feels both underdeveloped and overlong – a special achievement to be sure. I took a shower in the middle of this to wake myself up and thought about just not even going back to finish it… but I did, so you don’t have to.