Justice League MOVIE REVIEW

When I was a kid, I’d always dreamed of a Justice League film. Reading the JL comics, watching Superfriends reruns and the Bruce Timm Justice League series only added fuel to the fire for my dreams. For a while, I was convinced it wouldn’t happen anytime soon, and if it did I’d either be dead or too old to care.

In 2007, there had been rumors of a Justice League film in development with George Miller (Mad Max) at the helm. But when those developments didn’t come to fruition, I was back to dreaming.

Then, 5 years later, Marvel released The Avengers. I remember sitting in the theatre, in awe at seeing characters I’d read in comics or watched on Saturday mornings, fight aliens in New York. Then as a response, DC announced Man of Steel to be released the next year. That ignited the fuel… And now in 2018, and four DC films later—Justice League!

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure how good Justice League would be. (Or if it would even be watchable.) Man of Steel was good, Batman v. Superman wasn’t horrible or good, Suicide Squad was unbearable, and Wonder Woman was the best one out of all of them… I was hoping Justice League would get better reviews from critics, but seeing the reviews the film sounded like a mess worse than Suicide Squad.

Still, I just couldn’t resist not seeing Batman, Superman and Wonder on the same screen as Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg. (Seriously, who thought Aquaman or Cyborg would be in films of any kind?)

Anyway let’s start with the directors. Zach Snyder (Watchmen, BvS) was originally attached as the director, but then tragedy struck and he had to stop. Thus Joss Whedon (Avengers, Firefly) was brought on to finish, and he made some script changes, and filmed some additional scenes.

Visually, the film looks rather bright compared to the other DC films… Man of Steel and BvS looked dark and moody, almost like everything had a shade of gray. Thankfully Whedon & Snyder have added some color. One issue unfortunately is the CGI. At times, Justice League looks a video game. Worse, the villain Steppenwolf doesn’t look realistic or remotely threatening. (The actor Ciaran Hinds did well with the voice, but that only helps so much.)

Script wise, the story is good but not the most original. Just the stereotypical throwing superheroes together who don’t get along and have them form a team… you get the picture. However, there a few genuinely funny moments, and there’s less cheesy dialogue than in previous DC films. (Though it’s easy to tell what Whedon and Terrio wrote, it feels like a cohesive project. Though Avengers this is not.)

If you see this movie, see it for the acting. Specifically from our six heroes: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. (Honorable mentions include Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and J.K Simmons as GPD Commissioner Gordon.) All six seem to have good chemistry, and that’s always integral for team movies. Out of the six, Fisher, Momoa and Miller steal the spotlight. (Cyborg, Aquaman, and Flash respectively.) League is a great film debut for those three. Though I feel bad that Ciaran Hinds didn’t get to play a villain with good lines.

Overall I give Justice League 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. No it’s not perfect, but League is fun to watch for some super heroics! Also don’t forget to watch the after credit scenes.


Thor Review


Thor, son of the Norse God Odin, is banished for an unprovoked attack on the Ice Giants of Jondheim, and is sent to Earth to learn humility. Will he learn his lesson before it’s too late?


Since I was a kid, I have always liked Marvel Comics. Spider-man, X-Men, Hulk, you name it, I’d probably read it. Thor, not so much. He always spoke like Shakespeare, and when I was just 8, I hated it.

But, I had faith Marvel and Paramount would do a good job. This was mainly because of a little film called Iron Man. Iron Man really wasn’t a popular comic book character until after the film. I knew Marvel and Paramount could also turn the obscure Thor into a popular character.


There is not really a normal superhero film. The main character is far from a Peter Parker or mild-mannered Clark Kent. He’s an arrogant jerk in the beginning. Being a son of a Norse God would make anyone that way. If you know much about Vikings this totally makes sense.

By the end of the movie he is a changed person. The whole focus of the story is how he changes from a proud man to a humble one. J. Michael Stracynski, creator of the television series Babylon 5, and writer of the movie Changeling, was the guy who came up with the story for the movie. His comic book writing experiences have really helped him. The story is like an epic written by Homer, and that is great for a hero movie. You get larger-than-life personalities, beautiful women, and Gods fighting.

It’s a recipe for success.

Camera Work

Kenneth Branagh has outdone himself. His experiences directing Shakespeare movie adaptations have done him good. The world of Asgard looked more realistic than in the comics. I had to remind myself I wasn’t watching Lord of the Rings, because that’s what it looks like.

I wonder if it was even more beautiful in 3D. Fans of other visual masterpieces like Avatar will love this movie.


The cast is good. Sir Anthony Hopkins was cast as Thor’s father Odin, and as always Hopkins puts all of his acting skills to work. And it works. The caster took a gamble on bringing Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth to play Thor. I guess he’s a very popular actor in Australia, and Thor is only his second American movie. His first American film was Star Trek from 2009, in which he played Kirk’s Dad, who dies after the first few minutes.

He has proven to have enormous potential as a movie star. I have a feeling his career is going to be long.


I give the movie 5 stars out of 5! Loved it!

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