Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★★★½

Watching the Black & White Justice Is Gray version now available and I don’t think my opinion is going to change even if there’s an added scene or two. It’s still wonderful but I just wanted to say a couple things. First is of course that this looks even more beautiful in black and white and it works really well with the aspect ratio to making every frame feel significant. The other thing I wanted to add is that I’ve noticed some complaints about this film that other people seem to have and on this viewing especially they’ve become much more strange to me as problems for someone to actually feel. Red flags are those who whine about the lovely needle drops throughout, the Icelandic women singing who takes in Arthur’s clothes, and especially the moment when Barry moves Iris’s hair out of her face in the millisecond he has to fall in love. If you don’t like or understand any of these moments, it’s as if you don’t perceive the emotions or individual identity breathing out from the film. You’d rather reduce it to simply another competent superhero spectacle with more character development or whatever. All these little things are what make it special and specific to Snyder. It’s really amazing how Disney managed to take the shell of what Lucas and Spielberg were doing with pulp adventure cinema in the late 70’s and 80’s, filled it in with a format provided by Donner’s Superman & Raimi’s Spider-Man, removed all distinct authorial voices from it, and turned that into a flat standardized product which would be given a new coat of paint with each new release and ultimately convinced people this was the epitome of what quality in the genre looked like. Anything that deviates from that is considered weird or even worse “bad”.

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