Justice League ★★★

“Hey - you know what? Maybe I DON’T need to be fascist!” - Batman

Pacing issues aside (this was clearly a 3 hour film that seems almost forcibly condensed into two) this is a fun ride. And even if the ideas don’t get to land because of the speed of the pacing (even more unusual because this is considerably more linear than BVS) at least the film has some, which is a considerable rarity in multiplexes these days - or frankly, American film in general. Still, most of these things come through by contextualizing with BVS (and also MOS) rather than its own terms - which I’d attribute likely to its length problem: nothing is ever underlined, and so much becomes simply moving from point A to point B that some of the more subversive elements aren't always clear. Basically Zack Snyder’s Seven Samurai turned up to 11, though Whedon’s jokes make this a bit annoying (and occasionally excruciating!) at times. And look - how can you not ride for these set-pieces? The slo-mo 360 mid-air tracking shot in the sewer battle: how? How does one achieve these images? I was disappointed initially but with reflection this movie is fine: main issue is that Snyder seems at the height of his inventiveness while Whedon is incapable of being anything but uninspired.

Best scene: the League fighting Evil Superman. Classic Snyder. But otherwise, the striking images excepted, this often slips into being the exact movie that BVS tried to subvert...

More on a less groggy rewatch…