The only question now is when do we get the sequel and however will the boys match Wonder Woman?
5 ½ months ago I posed this question at the end of my Wonder Woman review (http://newcastlelive.com.au/movie-review-wonder-woman/). At the time, we all knew Justice League was coming, we knew who was in it etc etc and very few people foresaw the outrageous success of Wonder Woman.
(For the record, I did. I always knew it would be fantastic….)
But I digress. Justice League is finally here and well, can the boys match Wonder Woman?
Picking up where the last movie ended with the death of Superman (Cavill), the world is sad and depressed. But a very ancient, very bad guy in the form of Steppenwolf (Hinds) is back to wreak havoc so a team of superheros are hastily recruited to ward off this ancient evil. Steppenwolf needs to bring together 3 mother boxes to basically destroy the world.
Queue backstory, which is actually pretty interesting so let’s not give that too much screen time ….
The story then follows the gathering of the team which finally consists of Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Mamoa), The Flash (Miller), Cyborg (Fisher) and Batman.
So by this stage, it becomes obvious the movie is relying on a huge amount of assumed knowledge. Or is it just lazy writing? Batman and Wonder Woman. Okay sure. Aquaman? Hmmmm. I think it’s safe to assume many people only know of Aquaman via Mamoa himself. The Flash has a TV show on Foxtel but this has nothing to do with the movie. And who is Cyborg?
You can see the problem, right?
The movie is relying on new bums on seats. They know they already have the fans and the diehards but that’s not who they want. But if they are going to be lazy and allocate just a few moments of backstory…. and they are as intrinsic to the story as the superheros themselves, maybe even more so ….. they are doing everybody a great disservice.
Having said all that, the movie is not as bad as I was expecting. It had a few great moments with Miller’s Flash being given the lion’s share of the great lines and bringing an adorably nerdy, wide eyed fun element to the group. Mamoa, with his towering screen presence, is unforgivably underused but he does have one unforgettable scene that got an amazing audience reaction. You will know it when you see it.
With all the marketing, it will come as no surprise that Superman does make an appearance and his scenes with Lois Lane (Adams) will bring the feels.
Ultimately, it is Gadot’s Wonder Woman who holds the movie together. There is no question about it. She is strong, fierce, smart, wise and just all round awesome! She somehow manages to elevate the movie, quite a feat considering what she has to work with. The movie is worth seeing if only for her. Okay and the Flash. Yep….Wonder Woman and the Flash
So …. Back to my original question?
No, the boys absolutely cannot match Wonder Woman.
2 ½ stars
Director : Zack Snyder
Starring : Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Amy Adams, Azra Miller, Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Billy Crudup, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Ray Fisher, Joe Morton
Running Time : 121 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
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