The newest film of DC Comics franchise had mixed reviews by both critics and viewers alike.
The screenplay written by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio, directed by Zack Snyder sees the return of Steppenwolf on mission to reshape Earth to his will. Defeated and exiled thousands of years before, the death of Superman is his sign that his time has come again.
Bruce Wayne senses an enemy coming, one that the planet is not ready for, so he sets out to enlist the help of of super heroes he only learned about in the previous film Batman Vs Superman (a terrible film). The story moves quickly with just enough backstory development of each character, but not enough to slow things down and bore the viewer.
The new team is made up of previously introduced Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck), and the introduction of Aqua-man (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). But Bruce Wayne recognizes that they need Superman (Henry Cavill), and with an unknown technology -- from which Cyborg was birthed -- they have the ability to bring Superman back from the dead, if he was ever really dead -- as opposed to simply laying dormant.
I found the story to be well-balanced, plenty of action with purpose, and the characters true to their characters. The only exception is Flash, who in this presentation is unsure of himself.
Th Metacritic score was a low 45, and the viewer metric was 6.9. The only critics to give it a good rating came from the Chicago Sun-Times and Village Voice at a score of 88 and 70 respectively, while Vanity Fair rated it 10.
Viewers too were mixed in their reviews as well, with the majority rating it favorably.
Personally I liked it. It was fast-paced, action-filled with a slight touch of one off momentary humor. At the end of the day it was good entertainment. And let's be real, it's a comic book movie; it never set out to be high-end cinematic drama.
RATING: 4 of 45 stars.
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