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There is a moment in “Justice League” when one of the assembled heroes exclaims “Booyah!” to celebrate the satisfactory conclusion of a particularly gruelling action sequence. Until that point, the film simply runs numbingly on the low end of the DC Films bell curve — not as offensively awful as “Suicide Squad,” but not quite reaching the functional incompetence of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” — but the utterance of the sassy, outdated, nearly anachronistic zinger suddenly crystalizes just how desperate “Justice League” is to please.
While producers understandably don’t want audiences to “think about how this movie was made,” and forget about the beleaguered production which included extensive reshoots and rewrites, eventually it’s simply hard to ignore. Everything is thrown at the wall here — armloads of cornball one-liners; rock ‘n roll character introductions; quiet, dramatic passages; overdriven CGI spectacle — but, ironically for a superhero team-up movie, none of it hangs together.
Story - Superman - Death - Hope - World
The story, thankfully, is at least fairly straightforward. Following Superman’s death, the Hope that the world once shared has been overtaken by Fear (these themes are very important, even if they’re penciled into the script with all the grace of an oversized crayon) providing the perfect breeding ground for Steppenwolf (Ciarin Hinds) and his legion of Parademons to try and turn Earth into a “primordial hellscape,” as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) puts it. If you know about motherboxes and who Darkseid is, you’ll get a few bonus points. If you don’t, you’ll still be just fine. Essentially, a Big Scary God Demon is coming to destroy the planet.
Realizing that his big bank account and gadgets won’t be able to cut it on their own in the fight to save the globe, Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck) finds Wonder Woman and together they —...
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