REVIEW: Justice League Snyder Cut is a superhero odyssey

by Kelvin
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While not perfect, Justice League Snyder Cut is a significant improvement over the original film.

Launched in 2017, “Justice League” promised to be the culmination of the DC Universe superhero saga that Warner was building with “Man of Steel”, “Batman VS Superman” and “Wonder Woman”. Instead, the film was massacred by critics and forgotten even by fans. The shallow plot coupled with poorly developed characters was not able to rival the big hits of the superhero genre like the Universe movies Marvel.

Many attribute the failure of “Justice League” to the screenwriter joss whedon, which “sliced ​​up” the director’s original script Zack Snyder by taking over the film after Snyder lost his daughter during the film’s production and abandoned filming. Now, almost 4 years later, Snyder delivers the original version of his idea in a feature about 4 hours long that promises to redeem the 2017 production, being broadcast exclusively by the service HBO Max.

  

Far from being perfect, Justice League Snyder Cut it’s an epic in the superhero movie genre and a sign that the DC Universe still has a high chance of shining on the movie screen.

The real “Justice League”

It’s worth remembering that, even though it’s a version that’s more than twice the length of the original movie, Justice League Snyder Cut still keeps the same plot: batman need to gather the greatest heroes in the world to stop the plan to SteppenWolf, an alien who wants to unite three powerful boxes to devastate the planet. The big difference here is the incredible level of detail and expansion that the movie’s story receives.

With so much time at his disposal, Snyder manages to correct the two main flaws of the original film: enrich the plot and develop the characters appropriately. Viewers are finally introduced to one of the DC Universe’s greatest villains: darkseid. Master of SteppenWolf, he is the evil mind behind the hunt for the mother chests to ravage the Earth and create a barren and fear-filled world.

Even appearing in a few moments in the film, Snyder’s Darkseid manages to fulfill its role as an omnipresent terrifying presence: a danger from another universe that Justice League heroes will still have to face at some point in the future. SteppenWolf, on the other hand, gets a makeover in its design. However, the change in look doesn’t change his character at all and he remains a typical cliché villain whose only motivation is to do Darkseid’s dirty work and redeem his honor.

The problem is that even with the addition of so many elements that improve the story, the pace of the plot still manages to seem sluggish at certain times. By paying more than deserved attention, in fact, to the heroes and their private stories, Snyder lets the plot “choke” when too many sections of dialogue and exposition are played out in sequence at the expense of action. It can be said that at a certain point the story seems to “beg” the film to move on with the plot because all the elements about the characters have already been presented and their problems have already been solved.

Every hero matters

It’s important to point out that the sections of the movie that deal with each of our heroes are not unnecessary or exaggerated. Quite the contrary, these segments would have been better utilized in the overall work if they had been more carefully interspersed with action scenes to maintain a steady rhythm in the film. Despite this, being able to check out more about the history of each character and their relationship as a true “league” really is the icing on the cake of the film.

While in the original version Bruce Wayne running around the world to hurriedly gather the heroes without giving the viewer much time to get to know each character, Snyder uses and abuses the film’s time to introduce each hero and bring us closer to them. Now, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg it has its own stories with a detailed level of development. Viewers can get to know their pasts, their true powers and, most important of all, the motivations that make them unite as a league to face a greater evil.

Snyder’s care with the plot and characters is such that, it won’t seem like an exaggeration to say that watching Justice League Snyder Cut it’s like reading a book. The feeling of watching a living literary work is such that the film is divided into 5 chapters and an epilogue, in order to structure the work in a way that each act has its own construction and manages to properly connect the other parts to create a cohesive production.

Here, no scene seems unnecessary, no dialogue seems forced and the rhythm, even with some “gaps”, manages to keep well paced so as not to weigh down on a viewer who will need to watch a 4-hour movie. Best of all, Snyder is so concerned with making every element of the film clear and coherent that even someone who only knows the basic story of each character but hasn’t seen previous productions won’t feel lost or confused when watching. the film.

Also, forget about the mix of comedy with action and horror in the original movie that didn’t work out. Justice League Snyder Cut it fully embraces the sense of fear and tension that the director had envisioned for the film from the beginning. A few light jokes are still present to break the heavy tone of the work, but only in the first few hours as, from then onwards, Snyder opts for a style that at the same time creates the heroes’ hope of victory and a sense of insecurity that the future may hold much worse things.

One of Snyder’s greatest strengths with this version of the film — in addition to developing the story of each of the characters — is knowing how to balance his powers and screen time. Unlike the original movie, here there isn’t that feeling that some hero is “left over” or that his superpower is only useful at some specific moment. Besides, Superman is no longer the focus of salvation for our heroes. Of course, the resurrection of the Man-of-Steel remains an important plot point, but the hero’s return serves to complement the team, rather than just a “Deus Ex Machina” solution to the threat they faced.

the greatest villain in history

With Zack Snyder having full control over aspects of the film, the biggest villain in Justice League Snyder Cut: the ego of its own director. Who has seen other works by Snyder such as the previous films from the DC Universe and watchmen, will realize that the director has not spared the insertion of elements of his style of cinema in Justice League Snyder Cut. Get ready for lots of long takes, slow-motion sections and a soundtrack that, while good, doesn’t perfectly match the times it’s used.

The long takes are perhaps the biggest exaggeration of the film and perhaps one of the main reasons the work has such a long duration. Snyder unfortunately has a style that makes him believe that long takes are perfect for conveying information, sensations or feelings to the viewer. Whether it’s heroes or villains, these movie moments aren’t entirely unnecessary but seem forced on many occasions. Perhaps a shorter shot with the right dialogue or imagery would be more appropriate to convey the right message?

Slow-motion scenes, on the other hand, are excellent when used with the only character that is relevant to this filming mechanic: the Flash. Using the slo-mo feature on other heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman is overkill since we know that super speed isn’t their only super power and that Flash needs this cinematic feature if the viewer wants to even see the hero .

As for the soundtrack, if you’ve ever watched Watchmen you’ll know that Snyder has a particular taste for combining songs with sequences in an unusual way that, for the most part, produces an impressively good result. However, in Justice League Snyder Cut, the songs sound completely out of step with the rest of the movie’s theme. It’s really bizarre to use songs that are about love like “Song to the Siren” in a movie with such a dark tone (even if it’s in a love-themed scene). Even though Snyder was thinking about creating a sense of contrast and dualism with this musical decision, the effect didn’t have the desired result in the film.

Another aspect of Snyder’s version that the viewer may find strange once the film starts is its 4:3 resolution (instead of the standard size 16:9 widescreen). According to the director himself, it was an aesthetic and design decision. Aesthetic because Snyder intended to show the film in theaters IMAX, even though the production was not filmed using IMAX cameras. And design because Snyder comments that superhero movies are best enjoyed in a “vertical” way, since the horizontal widescreen version wouldn’t add much to the movie’s quality.

A film of heroic proportions

If you were disappointed with Justice League in 2017, you will certainly be pleased with the Snyder Cut version. Don’t be scared by the long duration of the film because, like any good musical composition, each scene equals a note and each chapter equals a measure which, when removed from the complete creation, makes it unbalanced. Even with the characteristic exaggerations of the style of director Zack Snyder, his definitive version of the superhero league of the DC Universe manages to pave a path that can be very successful for this movie franchise.

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