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Justice League (2017)

Justice League (2017)


Ben Affleck
Gal Gadot
Jason Momoa
Ray Fisher
Henry Cavill

Directed by Zack Snyder

There is a lot wrong with this movie and at times boring is one of it. Invaded by a weak plot and CGI effects which could have been better (Superman’s reshoot scene and some Cyborg scenes), Justice League comes together as a weak response to Marvel’s Avengers.

Did I enjoy the movie?
A little bit.

Unlike Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok (2017) which happens to be competing for the same attention as DC’s Justice League, Ragnarok had enough excitement happening that you are more entertained to even notice plot holes.
Justice League’s downside can be noticed when the leads start to converse, it is dull, unlike that of Marvel movies. They are points in the movie where you wish they get over with the really wasteful dialogue and get on with the resurrection of Superman and go save the world.

Does the movie play up to the hype needed for the representation of Justice League, hell no.

Justice League is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe and it continues very much from where Batman v Superman (2016) stops. We are witnessing the effects of the death of Superman to the world. His presence was like a lighthouse warning many (including aliens) that they should avoid earth. Now that he is gone, an evil villain is brought back to continue from where he stopped at world domination some thousands of years back.

The lead villain in this movie is Steppenwolf. Thousands of years ago he tried to conquer and remake Earth through the combined energies of the Mother Boxes. His plan back then was foiled by the combined forces of the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, humans, and Green Lanterns. They overcame Steppenwolf and separated the Boxes and kept them apart.

Now Steppenwolf is putting the boxes together picking the one at the Amazons and the Atlanteans, he was now going after the one with the humans.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) has decided to collate the best of the best to stop this raging force. He got Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), Diana/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Barry Allen/Flash (Ezra Miller) and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Together though, they were not a match to hold back Steppenwolf so they decided to bring back to life the one person they believe will tip the balance in their favour.

They resurrected Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill) and the Justice League was formed and they went on the journey to save the world.

The movie’s plot is no deeper than what is written above and there is no special twist. Watch out for the Superman’s resurrection scenes at least in the whole movie that was a portion that really got me excited and in the end you will get the feeling I had when the movie was over, this could have been done better.

I cannot say go watch this movie with all the conviction I had when I said go watch Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Now with Disney’s Coco coming out in the second week of Justice League, I guess Justice League has its work cut out for it in recouping its budget and making a profit something I believe it will succeed in doing in the end.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


Chris Hemsworth
Tom Hiddleston
Cate Blanchett
Tessa Thompson
Mark Ruffalo

Directed by Taika Waititi

Thor three (3) does not fail to please from the first scene of Thor being trapped and giving us a monologue.
Ragnarok is more fun than the other Thor movies and this train ride stopped at every comedic stop, making it one of the funniest movie (not just funniest superhero movie) of 2017.
But if you are hung on the flare that a movie, especially a superhero about such deep characters, shouldn’t be all laughs, Disney got you – the action scenes were epic. The battle between Thor & Hulk and in the ending when Thor mastered the use of his powers and had to take on Hela’s walking dead soldiers are both – must see.

The movie had dark moments and many people laid dead after the introduction of Hela, The Goddess of Death, so in every way Disney and Marvel have mastered the art of making a movie suitable for everyone to see and enjoy.

Thor: Ragnarök is the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), and is the seventeenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and it is set two years after the defeat of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Here is the movie summary, in Asgard the prophecy of Ragnarok (the end of all things) were starting to unfold. As Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was about trying to make sure his dreams of Ragnarok does not come to pass, he was unaware that his actions were steps towards fulfilling it.

On his return to Asgard he finds Loki (Tom Hiddleston) reigning as a shape shift Odin. Thor very much aware of his brother’s tricks flushed him out and their search for Odin led them to Doctor Strange who took them to Norway where Odin was dying. Odin warned his sons that his death will release Hela (Odin’s firstborn played by Cate Blanchett) who will bring forth the end of Asgard.

No sooner did his life force disintegrate that Hela arrives, and a mistake from Loki led her to Asgard while he and Thor were trapped somewhere on another planet.
Now Thor must find a way back to Asgard to save his people from total annihilations from Hela, and he must form a team with Hulk who was also on that planet, a Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who was the last surviving Valkyrie from Asgard and his brother Loki.

The movie’s plot can be seen to be taken from different storylines, a little adaptation from Planet Hulk was included. Hulk was added to the mix which changed the ending of the last Avenger movie when Hulk was last seen at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) travelling in a Quinjet.

The exclusion of Beta Ray Bill was felt by me when watching the movie, I have longed for his inclusion and I do hope a forth Thor will bring him forth.

Here is another Disney/Marvel masterpiece that is doing very well review wise and commercial wise, go see it, it was very much worth it.