Justice League early reactions: Critics call this Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck starrer ‘enjoyable’ and ‘lot of fun’

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League is the first flagship movie in DC Extended Universe. Unlike Marvel Cinematic Universe which is well-established and well-received, the reception for DCEU movies has been mixed. Check out the early reviews of this Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot starrer.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 12, 2017 1:12 pm
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Justice League’s release may still be a week away, but critics, the lucky folks, get exclusive screenings before we plebeians can even think of rushing to the theaters. Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League is the first flagship movie in DC Extended Universe. Unlike Marvel Cinematic Universe which is well-established and has been received well by critics and audience overall, the reception for DCEU movies has been more on the mixed side. Wonder Woman has been the only film that has managed to impress both critics and audiences, and last year’s ambitious Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was dismissed by critics.

Thus, DC and Warner Bros, the giant behind DCEU, must be hoping Justice League goes Wonder Woman’s way instead of Batman vs Superman. Justice League brings together the most powerful DC superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. They are charged with stopping Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s general and uncle. Darkseid is basically DC’s equivalent of Thanos (Thanos was specifically modeled on Darkseid) and rules a planet called Apokolips. Destroying earth is just another step in his quest for total domination. And that is why Steppenwoll (Ciarán Hinds) is here. And that is why Justice League bands together to stop him.

Although the embargo has not been lifted yet, we do have early reactions and a majority of the ‘lucky folks’ aforementioned seem to have enjoyed this film, calling it funny and enjoyable. IGN’s Terri Schwartz said while Justice League is not perfect, it is a lot of fun. “I am genuinely happy to report #JusticeLeague is a lot of fun. It’s not perfect and has its problems, but does the job of making you care about these characters as a team by its end. It’s also VERY funny, in lots of unexpected ways,” she said.

Comic Book Now’s Brandon Davis complained about the narrative and lack of a proper villain (Steppenwolf is CGI), a problem that has plagued MCU too. But he also said, the heroes are great, and the film is fun from beginning to end. “Justice League is not a perfect movie. It has story “flaws” and a simple, CGI villain. BUT, more importantly, it gets the heroes right. Every member of the League is fantastic and it’s tough to choose a favorite. It’s a ton a fun, start to finish,” he said.

Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta also praised the interaction between the Justice League members. “Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run. The interaction between the team is a lot of fun. The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed. Flash and Aquaman steal the show. Cyborg and villain are the weak links,” he said.

Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub was pretty economical with words in his tweet, but he did say he liked Jason Momoa’s performance as Aquaman. “I have a lot to say about ‘Justice League’ but will wait till it’s released to really get into it. But two important things to know: stay till the very end of the credits and Jason Momoa (@PrideofGypsies) is awesome as Aquaman,” he said.

It is good to see, a full-fledged DCEU movie receiving positive reviews, especially in the arena of characters that matter. Justice League, starring Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher, hits theaters worldwide on November 17.

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