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Review: Justice League


Since starting the shared universe project, DC Comics has placed it in the hands of Zack Snyder the task of bringing its main figures to the screen. This made the first two features, The Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman - The Origin of Justice, suffered under the director's heavy hand and succumbed under failed attempts to deliver dense, obscure works with daring narrative structures. Faced with the mixed reception of specialized critics and the general public, the publisher decided to completely change the approach and the result was Suicide squad, an admittedly comic film, but cinematographically aberrant. Partial redemption came only with Wonder Woman, a feature that benefited from its unpretentiousness and lightness.

First audiovisual production to unite some of its greatest superheroes, Justice League is much closer to Marvel films than to the two directed by Snyder, which is something extremely curious, since he is the filmmaker signing the work. This may have been due to the participation of Joss Whedon in punctual remakes and post-production, but it is undeniable that the audience will be facing his less characteristic film. Religious symbolisms came out, flashbacks, the dream sequences and the multiple narrative lines and, in their place, much simpler aspects, such as the story that unfolds without many interruptions, the objective approach and the lively and colorful aesthetics.

Justice League | Image: Warner

The gains of this transformation are present, mainly, in the absence of a barrier between the work and the spectator. With the filmmaker's typical stylistic and narrative hermeticism removed, audiences feel free to embark on the fun inherent in any gathering of beloved superheroes. Similarly, a result very similar to that of Wonder Woman, but without the cafonices that filmed the film of Patty Jenkins. From the obvious medley that marks the first act to the bombastic climax in which the characters fight together, the spectator's path is free for him to have fun and see in cinemas the fantastic beings that marked part of his life and formation.

On the other hand, almost all the errors seen in any of the director's two previous films show up. The villain played by Ciáran Hinds he has no personality, he is dramatically underdeveloped and brought to life through laughable digital effects (CGI remains a problem); some moments make it clear that they were assembled without care, like the one in which Bruce Wayne meets for the first time with Arthur Curry and, instead of being introduced slowly into the situation, we are thrown into the middle of a geographically ill-established conversation, or one in which, after something happens in the apartment Cyborg (Ray Fisher) while he was away, there is an abrupt cut that shows the character on the spot and completely aware of what happened; shameful phrases (Bruce Wayne's speech involving humanity and a time bomb is the worst); creatively poor dialogues (the conversation of Lois Lane with a reporter about using a font, for example); easy script solutions (plot events simply resolve); and poorly finished scenes, where an interaction, gaze or movement lasts even after the passage of timing dramatic.

In addition, there is room for new misunderstandings, such as unnecessary comic relief (played by Ezra Miller, Barry Allen he goes through the narrative, being only the joke of the group and with wide eyes - sad to realize that this seems to be the actor's only humorous resource), a generic soundtrack that stands out only when it resumes classic themes from previous films; uninspired action scenes (there is no fight capable of excitement); and, oddly enough, initial credits that appear to have been made by a copycat Snyder, to the point of seeming more like a pastiche than a stylistic mark.

Ezra Miller in Justice League | Image: Warner

In this way, while being able to amuse the audience, Justice League it also presents an expressive number of errors, which were, for the most part, already present in the first two DC films. However, the following question arises: is it worth sacrificing artistic personality in the name of fun? For, although the films of Zack Snyder bad, it is evident that there has always been an authorial view on the universes portrayed. To err in search of your own style will never be an honorable mistake. But exchanging authority for a formula, even when it is successful, is the death of art. Faced with this scenario, although I had more fun watching the current film, I will forever prefer The Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman - The Origin of Justice. After all, behind these two titles, there was an artist doing what he thought was best. Already in Justice League, what seems to exist is an employee blindly following the orders of an industry concerned only with profit.

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