Justice League (2017)

“What are your superpowers again?” – Barry Allen to Bruce Wayne
“I’m rich.” – Bruce Wayne, replying to Barry Allen

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This is a bit late, but since I have a lot of things to say about this movie, I decided to create a review about it.

Justice League’s story centers around a group of DC superheroes consist of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. After the death of Superman, Batman realizes that the world could fall into a greater danger. So he attempts to unite other metahumans to help protecting the world. At the same time, Steppenwolf who failed to conquer the earth thousand years ago is back to retrieve the mother boxes and once again try to fulfill his mission.

At first only the Flash would join Batman and Wonder Woman, but later Aquaman and Cyborg also agrees to join because of the dire situation. They revive Superman using one of the mother boxes which has not been retrieved by Steppenwolf yet. Upon his revival, Superman’s memories were not back immediately, so he attacks the group confusing them as the enemy. Lois Lane arrives just in time when Batman is about to be killed by Superman and he calms down.

While Superman escapes to his hometown with Lois Lane to reflect and regain his memories, the group decides to face Steppenwolf by going to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf attempts to combine the mother boxes to recreate the earth. The group has a hard time dealing with Steppenwolf and his army, but Superman arrives in time to help them. The team defeats Steppenwolf, who is overwhelmed by fear is attacked by his own army.

This movie is said could become a match for Marvel’s The Avengers so it was one of the most anticipated superheroes movies in 2017. I watched it during the first week of its release on my country and it was an enjoyable movie, but I cannot say it was a good one considering the hype which has been built months before its release.

I felt that it was forced to follow the Marvel’s tone of movie, which is serious yet funny at the same time, but failed quite miserably. So the tone is somehow hanging in the middle between dark but not too dark and funny but not very funny. The jokes were sometimes funny enough to make you laugh out loud, but mostly just so-so.  If I have to summarize the remarkable funny scenes, I could only tell you at most three scenes. Compared to Thor: Ragnarok which out on the same week or earlier or the other Marvel’s movie, it was a really small number.

In my opinion, DC should just stick with their darker tone like The Dark Knight trilogy. But then again, dark tone only means fewer audiences and resulting in less income. If they aim for larger audiences, then Marvel’s tone is a safe way. Maybe if they decide to follow that path, they should look for script writer as good as Marvel’s.

Unlike Marvel’s Avengers on which each member already have their own movies, Justice League characters are not properly introduced yet, maybe except Superman. So they spent quite a lot of time doing introduction for each member just like on Suicide Squad. These introductions were packed into few scenes which supposedly running at the same time, resulting in fast changing scenes in the movie. In my opinion, the transition was not very smooth. It felt like some scenes were cut in the middle and then replaced by another scene.

I cannot judge that DC made a mistake for not releasing the standalone movie first with Justice League as a wrap since there are only four movies for DCEU before Justice League so far: Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, and Wonder Woman. Even those movies are barely has connection to each other. I should wait for at least each Justice League characters have their own movie released and then make my judgement.

Another thing that bothers me is the Flash’s character. I’m not a fan of DC comics so I don’t know how it should be, but I think he was kinda overexcited and childish. From my perspective, I assume he was made like that in order to give a lighter tone to the movie. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Overall, Justice League is still an enjoyable movie despite its drawbacks. I hope the next DCEU movies will not make the same mistakes and I’m excited for the next Aquaman’s movie. Let’s see if the upcoming movies will fulfill the audiences’ expectation.

Dunkirk (2017)

“What do you see?” | “Home.”

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Dunkirk is a 2017 war film distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and directed by Christopher Nolan. Set in 1940s during the World War II, the movie told a story of Dunkirk evacuation. After Nazi invaded France, thousands of British soldiers retreated to the seaside city of Dunkirk, waiting for evacuation. The movie’s narrative covers three different periods of time. The beginning occurs on land and covering one week, then on sea covering one day, and the last occurs on the air covering one hour.

In my opinion, this movie is another masterpiece from Nolan. The movie was intense and breathtaking from the start. Even with so little dialogue, viewers are still drawn into the movie thanks to the combination of amazing cinematography, great scoring, and the acting of the casts.

But if you see the movie from the story development perspective, it might seem quite flat, because the whole movie itself is already the climax of the event. So it felt like everything happened so fast from the beginning. I really like how few scenes were repeated, but shot from different perspective. It was like the movie is a messed up puzzle and those scenes completed the missing pieces.

I’m not a fan of war movies, but I can’t deny that this movie was a great one. I even find myself enjoying every bit of it. So I think this movie deserves to be nominated for Oscar.