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Todd Erwin

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League could have easily been simple fan service, but director Snyder delivers in providing a much more cohesive storyline (with a 4-hour running time) than the previous maligned 2017 theatrical release.



Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)



Released: 18 Mar 2021
Rated: R
Runtime: 242 min




Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy



Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot
Writer(s): Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Zack Snyder



Plot: Determined to ensure Superman's ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.



IMDB rating: 8.1
MetaScore: 54





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Nice review, Todd!

I find myself disagreeing about Leto‘s cameo - it’s my favorite moment in the film (a surprise, since I didn’t enjoy his other outing in the part), and it previews what to me would have been a more exciting story than the one this film primarily tells.

The two hour theatrical version sadly isn’t any good, despite the wealth of talent and budget at its disposal. I do think this version is too long - Snyder’s pacing here is a lot slower than that of his director’s cut of Batman V Superman. Had he paced this cut to match the choices he made in his previous installment, I think it could have run about 30-45 minutes shorter while feeling a lot more alive.

For me this isn’t the home run its director was trying to hit but it is an ambitious project that is to be commended for that ambition.
 

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I forgot to mention in my review that I doubt, had Snyder not walked away from the film back in 2017, that this would be his theatrical release, but inevitably the "Director's Cut" or "Special Edition" home video release.
 

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I just watched the BD edition of this late last week, and found it to be a better technical presentation than the HD stream from HBO Max.

Even though I find a lot of little things in the film to be self-indulgent and inconsistent with the style Snyder established in Man of Steel and the longer version of Batman V Superman, I found that I enjoyed it even more than when I saw it on HBO Max. It’s a big, sprawling, sometimes messy experience, filled with outsized emotions that played exceptionally well as a solo viewing experience. Watching this on a 120” screen but with headphones on (so I could keep the volume way up without waking the house), it was both a larger than life and extraordinarily intimate experience simultaneously.

I truly love the scene with Affleck’s Batman and Leto’s Joker trading barbs at the end of the world. Leto’s line about “we can discuss…why you sent a boy wonder to do a man’s job” hints at a dark undertone to the merits of a billionaire vigilante recruiting a child, and the suggestion of these two adversaries having to work together when all else has been lost is a movie I would have loved to have seen.
 

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