A movie we’ve waited 10 years for! It’s finally out. When you wait so long, it’s obvious that expectations are going to be incredibly high.
Everyone hated on it, so why aren’t we? Well, honestly, it’s not that bad. It may not be the best movie in the world, but it’s definitely not the worst. It’s nowhere near the worst.
Before we get into the 6 reasons why you need to ignore the critics, Rotten Tomatoes, your friends and that one guy at work who can’t stop complaining about ‘Justice League’ let’s analyse what some of the critics are saying:
“Justice League is such a misguided mess—often feeling entirely unguided…” – Vanity Fair
Why do we have to look at the big picture? When you’re writing a review, shouldn’t it be about whether the audience will like it and not about whether it deserves an Oscar nod? Was the story incoherent? Yes! Does that mean we didn’t enjoy it? Of course not!
“Directed with the usual dark and bleak look of Zack Snyder films like last year’s fan disappointment Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – Deadline
They claim that ‘Batman v Superman’ was a ‘fan disappointment’. Well, it may have a 27% Rotten Tomatoes score but what most people don’t see is the 63% audience rating. Like we said above, review movies for the audience, not the Academy.
“He’s a hulking monster called Steppenwolf – born to be riled, I’d say – and he is after three all-powerful MacGuffins called Mother Boxes.” – NDTV
Calling Mother boxes, MacGuffins is enough proof of how much faith you should have in reviews that are clearly written for critics instead of the audience.
Really? Justice League is a comic book movie set in a world where Gods exist. If Thor came to Earth, would he be friendly and would you want to take pictures with him? No! You would be scared of him! He’s the God of Thunder! That’s how they feel about Superman. He’s a God. You will fear him!
Well, here we’re writing for the audience, not for the critics. So, here are 6 reasons why you need to ignore the critics and go watch ‘Justice League’ right away:
The Flash and Superman
This is a relationship which goes far beyond just being fellow team members. Most people may not even understand this friendship. It’s more like a competition. Perhaps the first post-credit scene will give you an idea of just how far this friendship goes. You won’t be able to tell from this movie alone. But, if you actually trace the history of both characters together, I promise you, there will come a time in ‘Justice League’ when you are laughing with excitement. (I don’t remember the last time I laughed with excitement while watching a movie.)
Gal Gadot has made this character her own. While we could go on and on about what could have been if Lynda Carter was born a few decades later, right now, we don’t see anyone else playing the Amazon better. As for the complaints some people have about too many shots of her perfect derriere, do you really think men have a problem with it?
One of the main reasons everyone loved the Avengers is because they got to see characters that had independent franchises behind them get together and the focus could be on just a couple of characters. Here, Superman and Wonder Woman are pretty much the only characters who have got movies to themselves. Batman has made appearances in a couple of other films, but they too revolved around Superman (As it should be. No one would talk about Batman in a world where Superman exists!). When you have to introduce 3 new characters that are integral to the plot within 2 hours, while creating a story that people enjoy, it is going to be tough.
They chose to focus on fellowship instead. Perhaps they took a leaf out of ‘Lord of the Rings’ where so many characters were introduced to us in a single movie, quite effectively. Did it work? It did for the ‘Justice League’. How do we know that? Aren’t we all looking forward to the Flash and Aquaman solo movies now? Two out of three is not that bad, is it?
90% of the reason I am a die-hard DC fan is Superman. He is the definition of a superhero. But, what this new DCEU has done is made it more believable. He isn’t the all-good Man of Steel anymore. He is flawed. He is more human. As Bruce Wayne says, “Superman was more human than me.” Henry Cavill proves his mettle yet again. While some complained about the whole ‘moustache’ debacle, we chose to look past it. Guess that’s why we had so much fun.
Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller
In a movie where you are playing a couple of characters that no one has seen for more than a few seconds on the big screen, no one is going to expect award winning performances. But, if we were handing out awards, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller deserve a couple of them for sure. Why? They were flawless. They managed to portray Aquaman and the Flash respectively with such aplomb that we’re wondering whether they’ve been fans of the characters since childhood. If you don’t go watch this movie for anything else, go watch it for these two brilliant performances.
Last but not least, one of the most controversial topics in the DCEU, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. ‘There’s no Batman but Christian Bale.’ ‘Ben Affleck is crap as Batman, more like Crapman.’ ‘Why does Ben Affleck keep ruining awesome superheroes?’ This is what some people have to say about Batfleck. You know what our opinion is? Just wait till you see Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman. You will beg for Affleck to be back. Also, Ben Affleck is the best Batman we’ve ever seen on camera. Why? He fights like Batman, he looks like Batman, he’s mainly a strategist and detective, and most importantly, he nails the Bruce Wayne character who is far from perfect because he was brought up in a world with so much hate! This is what Batman should be, believe us!
If you still need more convincing before you are willing to shell out your hard-earned money for ‘Justice League’ take some solace in the fact that the movie has an 87% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes while the critics are giving it a 37%. Point proved!
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