Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League

i can't believe i'm saying this, but this was kind of a good time. it's hard to admit honestly, especially after having despised literally every other movie zack snyder has ever made, but i have to give him a bit of credit here. first of all, the 4:3 aspect ratio really doesn't feel like a gimmick, and while the movie doesn't look spectacular in any particular way, there was not a single eye sore shot through its entirety, even considering it's often low budget cgi. second of all, the pacing on this thing is pretty water tight. like, this felt like it was 2 hours tops, and it's fascinating to see how much snyder's filmmaking has been refined even after batman v superman. third and most importantly i'd say, it's straightforward, unpretentious and not edgy. it's bizarre to think that these trademarks of all his previous efforts are just completely abandoned here, as if he had some sort of spiritual awakening once the studio seized control of the original production. there's no attempt at a gritty tone, there's no suggested deeper meaning, batman doesn't get raped in prison. though that's not to say that a few classic snyderisms didn't worm their way into this, but they really don't feel obvious, or at the very least don't feel obnoxious. the color grading is undeniably present, but it honestly ends up working in the movie's favor, and in a way that has me interested in the black and white cut when it gets released. and the flash is a perfect fit for zack snyder, finally giving him an excuse for his love of excessive slow mo. and it's those elements that just make justice league feel like it had a lot of heart and effort put into it, like it was made by a person and not a corporation. it's a very human product, which is all you need to elevate mind numbing stupidity into schlocky action movie fun. which is something that's usually pretty hard to define, but especially in this case i can't help but feel like this movie blurs that line farther than any movie i've ever seen. and if that wasn't enough to make rating this movie nearly impossible for me, it's also not without it's glaring issues for me, which can pretty much be boiled down to the fact that the movie should have been longer. and that may be the most generic crumb critique of a movie possible, but that's truly how i feel. characters like lois lane, the flash, and even superman to an extent didn't really get the coverage i would have liked, despite not being a big enough deal breaker to bring the movie down to its knees. though that's sort of the paradox i'm coming to terms with as i write this: would drawing out the film's length end up damaging the pacing? as i see it, it could, but it probably wouldn't. that sort of execution would be impossible to predict anyways. and besides, this isn't to say that the movie is without its momentary lapses of judgement here and there, and the epilogue feels pretty worthless outside of the fantastically surreal joker scene, but a movie doesn't have to be perfect to be enjoyable, and the fact that i even had this much fun watching a superhero movie directed by zack snyder in 2021 still hasn't fully hit me yet. but for the time being, i'm pleasantly surprised.

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