Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★

It’s both very funny and genuinely very charming that after two bonkers, subversive and controversial takes on the material, Zack Snyder’s true, undiluted vision of a Justice League movie is essentially no different (save for the Academy ratio, which is a great call) than any other contemporary superhero action movie - dare I say, “capeshit.” Lord knows he’s a better and more interesting director than most people who end up making these things (can’t knock the ambition or the visual style, both singularly Snyder’s and plenty endearing), but I thought the entire reason people went to the mat for his Superman movies is because they were really and truly different, which this isn’t, that they had an angle, which this doesn’t. If not for that, what’s even here? I’m loath to give the guy credit for anything (except recommending the Australian punk band The Eastern Dark at a Q&A for Dark City), but it’s possible David S. Goyer (pronounced “foyer”) is what made these movies actually interesting rather than just well-done. Contains very little of the name-above-the-title top-five-most-expensive-movies-ever-made dickswinging I was hoping for, which peaks right off the top with the disclaimer that “this film is presented in a 4:3 format to preserve the integrity of Zack Snyder’s creative vision.” More of that, less “normal superhero franchise movie” please! It’s cool that this exists as a thing we can watch (no matter how much of an obvious promotional ploy for HBO Max it is), and I guess we should savor it because nothing like this will ever happen again, but that doesn’t translate to the Snyder Cut being particularly moment-to-moment satisfying in any sort of meaningful way. Still can’t help but like the guy, though!

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