Critics call Justice League "fine", has flaws with its story but is ultimately enjoyable
Well, at least it's not awful.
The long-awaited Justice League hits theaters next Friday. We've seen DC's greatest heroes in comics and cartoons but we've never seen them all interact in the same live action movie, it's been a movie that has been attempted numerous times but it has failed to ever go into production. Now it's finally happening but the circumstances are... unique.
Justice League has a tough act to follow. First, it must tell a successful story after the critical trainwreck that was Batman vs. Superman and the summer phenomenon that came in the form of Wonder Woman, secondly, it must prove that it can compete with Marvel's shared universe which has found its footing and made use of a formula that has proven worthwhile time and time again. It also has to show that all of the issues it struggled with throughout production which ranged from things like having to use CG to remove Henry Cavill (Superman)'s mustache to bringing on a completely different director to finish reshoots as Zack Snyder had to step away due to a family tragedy. On top of all of that, it has to deliver a good movie that introduces us to three new characters that are here to stay and prove that the wait was worth it.
It's no easy feat and with all of that stress on the cast, directors, and Warner Brothers, it may be reassuring to hear that the movie is at least "fine" according to critics. While reviews are embargoed until next week, WB has allowed those who have seen the movie to give their brief reactions to the film on social media.
So far, no one seems to hate the movie but there are quite a few who seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the superhero ensemble film thanks to its humor, great cast, and action. There are some issues present with the overall plot and some felt that the villain was weak and forgettable, suffering an issue similar to Marvel's.
You can view a handful of reactions to the movie below.
#JusticeLeague is good!— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) November 10, 2017
(And I can finally talk about it!)
Wonder Woman is wonderful, Aquaman is surprisingly cool, Flash is hilarious, Batman is drunk, the story is coherent, and it's all surprisingly funny. It's not perfect, but really enjoyable!
Full review to come! pic.twitter.com/YzgSL4FBOP
I am genuinely happy to report #JusticeLeague is a lot of fun. It's not perfect and has its problems, but does the job of making you care about these characters as a team by its end. It's also VERY funny, in lots of unexpected ways. pic.twitter.com/1AAjYgv16i— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) November 10, 2017
JUSTICE LEAGUE! It's okay. Narratively it's a mess, the stakes don't work & the villain isn't great. HOWEVER, the heroes ARE great, it's funny, & there's some surprisingly effective character work. I didn't love it, but there are enough good pieces to excite me for the future. pic.twitter.com/OY4ARJ5vDY— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 10, 2017
Here it goes … #JusticeLeague is super thin and has some very weak CG but it’s got heart and a positive vibe that works. Overall, I had a pretty good time and am looking forward to seeing more of these characters.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague is a fun, bumpy ride that succeeds in character, but fails in narrative. It’s a mixed bag of execution that’s saved by the actors, who rise above the shortcomings to deliver an engaging, funny and hopeful, yet flawed, entry to the DCEU. @joblocom— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 10, 2017
Honestly, The film does not feel disjointed because of two directors. It’s Snyders visuals with Whedon’s characters/dialogue... and it works. #justiceleague— Mike Kalinowski (@MikeKalinowski) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague was entertaining for a good portion of the time though thin on storytelling and character development. There's more fun, humor and heart than BvS but it also feels very rushed with some scenes given zero time to develop.— Dennis Tzeng (@ThinkHero) November 10, 2017
Justice League is the DC team up you've been waiting for. I had so much fun from beginning to end. The expansion of DC mythology will make fans go nuts. Superman though!— Nate Brail (@NateBrail) November 10, 2017
Justice League opens on November 17th, 2017.