Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review: Worth Investing 4 Hours

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League or Snyder Cut finally releases today. The film has made history with millions of fans coming together and raising their voices demanding the release of his version. The director had to walk out of the film in 2017 when his daughter Autumn tragically died. Joss Whedon stepped in and made his version without using any of Snyder’s footage. So is this movie different and better than The Avengers director’s version? Read the review to find out.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ciarán Hinds and Ray Porter. Before I tell you in detail about Snyder Cut, let me make it clear that like many, I am not a hater of Whedon’s version of Justice League. Yes, I agree there were lame jokes, shoddy writing and an ample number of unanswered questions, but it didn’t bore me in those 2 hours. So was it really necessary to have a 4-hour long movie to tell us the story of these superheroes? Maybe…

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League doesn’t tell us a new story. It has the same plot as 2017, but with additional footage and of course, Darkseid (Ray Porter). Among many reasons, what left DC fans fuming with Joss’ version was how he completely made a movie without mentioning anything about one of DC’s most powerful villains. In the trailer, we saw how Ciarán Hinds’ Steppenwolf is bulked up and looks horrifying compared to what we saw in the 2017 film. But even in Zack’s story, he is of more prominence than Porter’s villain.

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A still of Snyder Cut’s spikey & bulky Steppenwolf

In his Justice League, Zack Snyder is not only showing us the alliance of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash, but he is also telling us what leads to such a strong union. Each character in the movie has a solid backstory that justifies why they want to fight together. The superhero saga is high on emotions and connections, which lacked in Joss Whedon’s version.

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Justice League is about Bruce Wayne trying to bring together powerful beings like him to fight something big that has the capacity of destroying the Earth. We knew this. But in Snyder Cut, the director has shown us the in-depth history of the 3 Mother boxes, about the great war between the Old Golds and Darkseid and why he is feared. I loved watching the war sequence for its magnificentt appearance and richness in the cinematography by Fabian Wagner.

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Snyder Cut’s Darkseid

We already knew that Henry Cavill would appear in a black Superman suit, and oh my! the wait was worth it. He looks absolutely robust donning the black suit. I will never understand the trolling Ben Affleck received when he was cast as Bruce Wayne aka Batman. It’s sad that in Whedon’s Justice League, he was shown as a man who would indulge in silly banters. In Snyder Cut, he is a badass. Ben plays Bruce as an intense and no-nonsense person as his comic depiction with great conviction. If you’ve been an Affleck hater, you may try your best but you won’t find a flaw in his acting.

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Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, is one of the strongest superheroes and this movie showed us again why it is so! The same goes for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Ezra Miller’s Flash. In Snyder Cut, we are invested in every character and not just Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as it happened in the previous version. Music plays a great catalyst in storytelling. The choice of songs truly helps to build the tension, send chills down the spine and elevates the fight scenes.

Sometimes, 4 hours are excessively much to know the conclusion of the story. Yes, the detailing is necessary to support the cause of events and the actions taken by people involved in the story. But at times, you just want to scroll ahead to know what’s going to happen. It’s another story that you won’t do that because you don’t want to miss out on anything crucial. But you may forgive how exhaustive it gets sometimes because of the excellent CGI, the fight sequences and the cinematography. These factors, along with the phenomenal performances and eccentric direction, absorb you. Having slow-motion sequences is one of the signature ways of filmmaking for Snyder. This movie has them too, but it feels overdone.

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A still from Justice League

The last 15 minutes of the Snyder Cut are as compelling as the entire story we saw. The way Zack Snyder ended the movie shows that he had plans to build a universe at par with Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will that happen? No one knows. But if Snyderverse happens for real and the director does it right, we will be in for some exceptional films.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Is it worth it?

Overall, let’s be thankful that Zack Snyder’s Justice League has seen daylight. The movie has all the elements you want to see in a superhero movie – action, drama, fights, tension, deadly villains, amazing CGI and effects, good music and mainly, an engrossing story. Yet, it’s not devoid of any flaws. Having said that, Snyder Cut gives you all the answers which you didn’t get in the 2017 film. It has better writing, better dialogues, interesting backstories and outstanding CGI. Giving 4 hours to watch this movie is totally worth it.

In India, people can watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League on BookMyShow Stream, Hungama Play, and Tata Sky.

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