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|Original title:||Justice League|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 120 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead and the chaos now seems to rule Metropolis and the rest of the world. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) tries his best as a Batman to ensure law and order. But when Steppenwolf, a mighty opponent from ancient times, returns and once more it is about nothing less than saving the earth and the whole of humanity, he realizes that he needs help. Together with Diana Prince alias Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) they want to recruit other people with superpowers to stop Steppenwolf and his army. But although they manage to put together a powerful team with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the incredible power of Steppenwolf makes it clear: The Justice League lacks an important member - Superman!
Zack Snyder has not really made many friends with his films from the DC universe. Both "Man of Steel" and "Batman v. Superman" were (visually) too gloomy, humor-free effect orgies that lacked any form of charm and fun. That at least was the opinion of many critics and genre fans. And then there was this unintentionally funny thing with "Martha"! There were some small glimmers of hope. So Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman could convince. But the anticipation at Snyder's class reunion of the DC superheroes wasn't really that great.
However, after "Wonder Woman" had been received largely positively, this also had an effect on the expectations towards "Justice League". And indeed: Even though the story is so thin that it could fit on a stamp and the villian in charge disappoints once again - both dramaturgically and optically - the entertainment value of this superhero movie is still very high. There are several reasons for this: On the one hand, it's clearly noticeable that Joss Whedon, who already successfully brought the "Avengers" together, is responsible for a reworking of the script and numerous re-recorded scenes. The reason for this, however, is tragic, as Snyder had to leave the production prematurely due to a terrible incident in his family.
On the other hand, the studio obviously took the criticism of the fans to heart and insisted that the sound was a little lighter this time. And of course Whedon's sometimes wonderfully self-ironic tone was just right. Surely, especially with Barry Allen alias The Flash you get the feeling that he is only there to make some good laughs. He is so obviously conceived as a darling of the audience that this can certainly be described as manipulative. But it just works. This Flash is funny, at the same time sympathetic and really cool in its nerdy way.
The other members of the "Justice League" are also allowed to do more than just look forward to a dark future with a grumpy look. Thus a harmonious dynamic develops between the individual superheroes, which works really well over long distances and is a lot of fun despite some clichés and thickly applied pathos. Also this contribution to the DC universe is far from perfect. But the team around Zack Snyder is at least noticeably on the right track. One problem that all DC movies, including "Wonder Woman" and "Suicide Squad", have suffered from so far is the final. And unfortunately this is no different with "Justice League". Here (not always good) special effects and a fast cut destruction orgy dominate the action.
Zwar succeeds in loosening up the action a little bit, because of a very funny scene, but overall the final fight against Steppenwolf is just too much of a good thing. So the enthusiasm is a little more clouded. After all, it still has such a high level that "Justice League" can be called great comic fun and fun popcorn cinema at the end despite its criticism. And for that there is a deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp